Warning: This article contains major spoilers from the latest episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke.
American Horror Story created a brave new world for its Roanoke season and so far it has been paying off in an immense way. Primarily following the lives of Shelby and Matt Miller through the fictional #TV documentary My Roanoke Nightmare, the show took a complete turn when the documentary concluded and production began on a fictitious sequel entitled Return to Roanoke: Three Days In Hell. Featuring both the re-enactors and their real life counterparts, Return to Roanoke sees the cast of Roanoke Nightmare move back into the house for three says during the Blood Moon. But only one participant will make it out alive.
Many of the #AHS characters have already met their maker and last week's episode included a shocking number of primary character deaths. However, if you thought that the #horror would stop there well then you'd be wrong because things got even worse in this week's "Chapter 8." In the most disturbing episode yet, "Chapter 8" highlighted the struggle for survival in a hopeless situation. Before we start praying for the survivors, let's take a look back at all of the shocking deaths and the effect that the characters' demise will have on the show.
Unable to cope with the fact that she'd killed Matt, Shelby didn't put up much of a fight when the Roanoke colony, the creepy Chen family and Piggy Man all entered the household. At first, she tried to escape with the help of Dominic but when the supernatural flock — now accompanied by the twisted sister nurses — continued to pursue them all around the house, the pair found themselves trapped in the upstairs bedroom and accompanying bathroom — back where they started.
Shelby injured her ankle in a similar manner to the way she did during her first stay at the house — which we saw in the Roanoke Nightmare documentary. I suppose it was metaphorically representative of the fact that history just keeps repeating itself. Shelby laughed which confused Dominic, saying how she'd killed the only man she ever loved and that there is no point in continuing to fight. She lifted the knife and slit her own throat. She bled out before Dominic could save her.
At this stage in American Horror Story, we're expecting the majority of the main characters to be murdered, but somehow the loss of Shelby feels like a significant moment. Roanoke was essentially her story — the story began with Matt and Shelby happily moving into the house to start their life together and now their story has ended with both of them dead because of that house. It was a traumatic full circle experience. Maybe Shelby and Matt can find each other as spirits on the Roanoke land — one can at least hope for a happy ending.
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Jether Polk — Finn Wittrock's character — came to a brutal end at the hands of Lee. After skinning the meat off her bones and cutting off her ear, Lee tricked Jether into thinking that she was attracted to him. He untied her so that she could return his "affection," she sneak attacked him and choked the life out of him. I'd forgotten that Lee is a former police officer and it came back to me watching her professionally handle Jether and his advances.
I must admit, it was very clever of the AHS creators to make Wittrock's character physically ugly and repulsive. No matter how much of a psychopath Freak Show's Dandy was or how much of an ass Hotel's Tristan was, both of Wittrock's previous characters had a charm about them — Jether had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He wasn't even pleasant to look at.
It's a testament to Wittrock's acting ability — he made me extremely uncomfortable in this episode. As much as I love watching Finn Wittrock on American Horror Story, I can't say I'm sorry to see the back of Jether Polk. His death won't have any ramifications for the show because we've likely seen the back of the Polk family. Maybe Lee will make it out alive after all.
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After skinning the meat from Lee's leg, Mama Polk checked in on the other two hostages — Monet and Audrey. The Polk children were taking charge and attempted to pull out the two women's teeth. Monet broke free from her chains and ran off, promising Audrey that she would return for her.
Mama Polk then attempted to intimidate Audrey and she spoke ill of Rory — Audrey's husband who died several episodes ago. Mama Polk then forced Audrey to open her mouth and yanked one of her teeth out. Lee broke in and rescued Audrey, knocking Mama to the ground. As Mama Polk sat laughing, Audrey had enough of this mental torture and decided to put an end to it once and for all. She lifted a wrench and proceeded to bashed the woman's skull in. Go Audrey.
With Mama Polk's elimination, that means that the Polks are finally without a leader. I can't say I'm sorry to see her go — she was a disturbed individual, that's for sure. Audrey really proved herself to be a survivor here and I think that was the most important thing about this scene. It also means that Shelby and the actress that played Shelby are both fans of The Walking Dead's Negan.
After Shelby killed herself, Dominic remained hidden in the upstairs bathroom, preaching to the cameras for Sidney to get him out of here. Dominic was totally unaware that Sidney had been dead for many hours at this point — nobody was watching him and no-one was coming to save him.
When Audrey and Lee finally returned home, they found the dead bodies of Matt and Shelby. Dominic tried to convince the pair that it was Shelby who murdered Matt but they refused to believe him. Lee kicked him out of the bedroom but unbeknownst to him, Piggy Man was lurking in the corner hallway. Dominic was slaughtered by the Piggy Man and his sharp blade.
Dominic joined Return to Roanoke to be the villain of the show but in the end he turned out to be a bit of a hero — he tried to save Shelby even though she didn't want to be saved. Dominic never got the spin-off show that he was promised by Sidney, but I guess he'll go down as somewhat of a legend in the acting world because of what happened on Return to Roanoke.
Check out this preview for next week's episode:
American Horror Story may be terrifying this season but it looks like the scares are set to get much worse as we approach the final two chapters of the show. With reports suggesting that the Return to Roanoke experience ends next week, as well as the potential to see more twists and some returning characters, who knows how many more deaths will occur before the survivor makes it to safety? The Blood Moon isn't full yet so the worst horror of all still lies ahead.
American Horror Story airs Wednesdays on FX. Who do you think will be the next character to face death on Roanoke? Tell me in the comment section below.