ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

American Horror Story season 6 is halfway through, and the first five episodes are certainly their own little (fucked up, bloodthirsty) story. Check out the greatest moments of AHS: Roanoke S06 E05.

1. Evan Peters!

For a lot of fans, the show isn't complete until Evan Peters rocks up, and his role as fussy fop Edward Phillipe Mott was totally worth waiting for. Sporting an even more exaggerated version of the clipped accent he debuted on Hotel's James March, Peters looked like he took great pleasure in swaggering around in his powdered wig. He also archly delivers easily the finest line of the episode, berating his servant-boyfriend Guinness:

''You are a servant, too. Do not think your velvet tongue and purple cockhead make you any more than that.''

2. The Mott Family

Confirmed: the Edward Mott who built the Roanoke house IS the ancestor of Freak Show's Dandy Mott, from the roots of Dandy's bizarrely infantile behavior to real life historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's assertion about his lineage:

''It was said that madness always ran in the family. The line ended in scandal when the last Mott died in 1952.''

3. WTF was Grudge girl all about?

Seriously, the girl doing the crooked, jerky crabwalk, letting out the Grude moaning as she scuttled all over the Millers' house. What the F?

4. Movie References

Talking of The Grudge, this was a very filmic episode of AHS: Wes Bentley (who does a remarkably good Brit accent) has a "Heeeere's Johnny" moment breaking into the Millers' house, the Polks go full Texas Chainsaw Massacre with the return of a marvelous Frances Conroy, and Denis O'Hare's Elias becomes a very Walking Dead 'TAINTED MEAT!'

Best of all, however, was Frances Conroy swinging a sledgehammer into Sarah Paulson's ankle in a near-perfect recreation of Kathy Bates's infamous hobbling scene from 1990 horror classic Misery. Woulda been even more perfect if it'd been Kathy Bates herself, huh? Conjoined universes, mere coincidence, or does this lend credence to the 'It's a show set in a movie studio' theory?

5. The Big Twist is Set Up

Happily Ever After? I think not. That big, unseen, earth-shattering twist that Ryan Murphy's been teasing is due for episode 6, and it couldn't have been more perfectly set up than the eerily happy end to episode 5. Get ready for next week, when Ryan Murphy will have to make good on the boasts he made to EW:

"You’ll see starting in Episode 6, the show has a huge turn and the thing that you think you’re watching is not what you’re watching. It’s a hat on a hat on a hat on a hat that we’ve had to protect."

The promo for next week's episode certainly hints at a complete change in direction, with Cheyenne Jackson as some sort of reality TV host in a building we've never seen before. Ideas below!


Are you excited about AHS Season 6's upcoming ''big twist''?

Check out recaps of the previous episodes of AHS: Roanoke.


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