American Horror Story: Roanoke – ‘Chapter 8’ Thoughts

Last week’s episode of American Horror Story showed us how surprising the deaths could be in this season. Agnes, the actress who played the Butcher in My Roanoke Nightmare butchers Sidney and the crew before she was butchered in the face by the real Butcher; Lee’s leg was fed to poor Audrey and Monet; and Matt took a crowbar in the head, thanks to Shelby, when he decided to go Gaga for Scathach.

This week, we are reminded that the end is getting closer and closer as Return to Roanoke continues to take our heroes – and villain – to hell.

The episode started from where we left off: Agnes’s death. A determined Dominic and a hopeless Shelby tries to escape, but were only chased by the spirits that live in the house – Scathach, the Asian family, Piggy Man, and the nurses. This doesn’t end well for Shelby, not only does she get injured by a chandelier to her ankle, she also decided to slit her own throat.

I don’t know what is going on in Shelby’s head, but if I should analyze the situation, she was clearly hopeless this time as no one was there to actually save her with the absence of Matt. Her reason for returning to the nightmare was to fix things with Matt, and that ended badly. In the first place, she should have known that returning to the house would mean suicide, and based on what happened, it is, indeed, suicide for her.

Meanwhile, back at the Polks, Lee continues to lose her body parts one by one, but with Jether Polk’s (Finn Wittrock) gullibility, if I must put it, Lee manages to escape. But not after she confessed to murdering her ex-husband Mason. At this point, although it seems like it’s hopeless for Lee, I feel like she would be the sole survivor of this hellish sequel.

Monet and Audrey, also still captive at the Polks’, tries to explain that they are just actors, but this doesn’t seem to change the Polks from doing whatever they want to do. Before getting her teeth pulled out by the hillbillies, Monet managed to escape and the Polk children go after her, leaving Audrey behind to suffer the teeth-pulling by the one and only Mama Polk (I remember Sarah Paulson’s character, Sally, in Hotel, there was a scene where she loses all her teeth). As she was still in the process of teeth-pulling, Lee arrives to save the day by knocking Mama Polk out. They killed the lunatic hillbilly mama before they both escape and head back to the house where Lee discover Matt’s remains, and Audrey discover Shelby’s remains.

This was a really great sequence, because I just love it when women stand up to fight for their lives. Their reactions to the deaths they discovered at the house also gave me some feels, especially when Audrey said that she felt like a part of her died with Shelby upon seeing her remains.

As we near the end of the episode, Dominic tries to explain to the women that it was Shelby who murdered Matt before offering herself, but they didn’t believe him, so they locked him out to be murdered by the Piggy Man.

With the end of Matt, and Shelby, however, I think there’s no point for him to continue living? Anyway, Dominic was an interesting character, and it was a little disappointing to see him die because I feel like he could have offered more going into the finale.

The next day, Lee convinces Audrey that they have to return to the Polks to get rid of the clips, specifically, the one where they murdered Mama Polk. We all know what she really wants to do there, of course, and that is to destroy her confession about murdering her ex-husband.

Lee is really starting to become the MVP of this season, and this makes me have hope for her despite of what she has been through at the Polks. The confession being shown in the pieced together Return to Roanoke could mean three things: she survived and didn’t manage to destroy the tape, she didn’t survive because she was killed before she could destroy the tape, or she survived but decided that she has to come clean. If she survives, it’s still not a happy ending for her because of that confession, and we can just imagine the PTSD that she will be going through.

The episode ends with Audrey and Lee leaving the house where they came face to face with the Piggy Man, but this is not the real Piggy Man because when the man removed the mask, Audrey said “Dylan?”

Dylan, who is portrayed by Wes Bentley, is the actor who portrayed Ambrose White in My Roanoke Nightmare. For a while, I thought that the fifth episode was the last time we’ll ever see him, but it looks like they have something bigger for him in the finale.

If I could give a rating higher than 10, then I would totally give it to this episode. The scare factor isn’t as crazy as the previous episodes, but the momentum of the thrill is getting stronger as we get closer to the finale. The writing, as usual, is great, and the acting is still as outstanding as expected. I may have said it before, but I will say it again – this is AHS‘s greatest season to date.

American Horror Story: Roanoke returns next week for its penultimate episode, and it’s not a joke, because they’re not pretending anymore, I have huge expectations for the final two episodes of the season.

You can watch the promo for next week’s episode below:

What do you think of this week’s American Horror Story? Sound in the comments below!

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