Warning: This article contains spoilers from the latest episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke.
American Horror Story has created a brand new world with its latest season — subtitled Roanoke — complete with a much darker tone and an entirely different format of #TV than we've seen before. The documentary My Roanoke Nightmare came to a terrifying end several weeks ago and, as part of the big twist that series creator Ryan Murphy had promised us, it was revealed that the second half of the season would focus on the production of a fictional reality series called Return To Roanoke: Three Days In Hell.
Featuring the re-enactors from Roanoke Nightmare and their real life counterparts, Return To Roanoke sees the participants of the show move back into the house during the Blood Moon. This new format has proven even more terrifying than the first half of Roanoke and, as was revealed in last week's #AHS, only one of the participants will make it out alive.
Last week's "Chapter 6" saw multiple deaths, most notably Diana Cross — Sidney's assistant and even more importantly Evan Peters' Rory Monahan. "Chapter 6" set up an extraordinary narrative that was set to continue into this week's "Chapter 7" and as the participants tried to find Rory, many of the characters chances of survival were severely effected. Let's take a look at the death toll of "Chapter 7" and what effect this will have on the remainder of Roanoke.
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Sidney Aaron James
Sidney became worried when he heard one of the production assistants scream outside the production truck. When he went to inspect, Agnes appeared — still in her Butcher outfit — and ambushed him with her meat cleaver. Sidney bled out and died. Later, when Audrey, Lee and Monique went to get help, they found Sidney lying dead with his guts hanging out.
I found myself rather shocked at Sidney's death as I was certain he'd be around for much longer to experience the consequences of his actions. I knew he wouldn't be the remaining survivor as Return To Roanoke apparently never airs — which Sidney would've never allowed — so he clearly was going to die at some point.
I thought that the Roanoke colony and the real Butcher were going to be responsible for his death since it was his two reality shows that led to all of the disruption of their land. If we are to believe everything that we saw in the Roanoke Nightmare documentary then we know The Butcher is ruthless when people trespass on her land so Sidney would've been the best person for her to make an example of. Agnes clearly beat her to it.
Sidney's death is already having severe consequences for the participants of the show — there is no one in charge and there is form of contact with the outside world. The cameras may still be recording, but everyone is trapped with no means to escape.
While he was protecting Shelby, Matt was lured down to the basement of the Roanoke house, looking like he was in a trance. When he got there, he was immediately attacked by the real Scathach. Only it became clear that she wasn't attacking him, she was making love to him. Dominic told Shelby and she went down to rescue Matt from the witch, attacking her with a crow bar. Only Matt didn't need rescuing — he's in love with Scathach. In a fit of jealous rage, Shelby hit Matt with the crowbar and proceeded to repeatedly bash his skull in, giving The Walking Dead's Negan a run for his money. Who'd have thought that AHS could've equaled the violence seen in this week's Walking Dead?
I was shocked that Matt died and the brutality of the how it happened only intensified that shock. Shelby told us in the re-enactment that this location does something to her, so it's entirely possible that their experience in the house has never truly left her. The house ruined them and she will never get over that. Her rage was entirely believable. Watching the re-enacted versions of the two characters, it was clear that they did love each other. It's just a shame that after they had escaped, the Millers' storyline had to ending such a horrifying fashion.
Matt's death will have severe repercussions for the entire Roanoke household. Shelby herself will have to live with what she has done and if she does manage to escape the house, there is no way she won't get convicted of murder — it was all caught on camera. The other participants won't take too kindly to having a murderer in their midst. Now that Shelby has killed before, could we see her doing it again?
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Agnes Mary Winstead
Agnes continued to terrorize everyone currently residing at the Roanoke farmhouse, killing many of the production crew and Sidney in the process. She even tried to murder Shelby but was apprehended before this could happen. When all of her options had failed, she tried to burn down the house but her ceremony was interrupted by the arrival of the real Roanoke colony. Agnes was in awe of the real Butcher, getting down on her knees to profess her admiration for the woman. However, the Butcher had no admiration for Agnes, lifting her meat cleaver she planted it directly into Agnes' skull.
I think it's safe to say that Agnes was mentally unstable. For a while there is was hard to tel and there was even some compelling evidence to suggest that she had been possessed by the real Butcher, but clearly this was not the case. Although the colony is terrifying, I think Agnes was almost the real villain of the season. Her portrayal of the Butcher during Roanoke nightmare as terrifying, but seeing Agnes herself stalking the farmland and murdering innocent people was equally as scary.
The loss of Agnes' means that we are left with a solely supernatural threat and that in itself is rather unnerving. There are only a few characters left now and with all of them running from something, who knows which one will be the next to get massacred? I'll definitely miss Agnes and her random killing sprees — hopefully her ghost is supernaturally tied to the land now. Kathy Bates has been nothing short of remarkable this season — it was arguably her best performance on the show yet and she truly deserves to win an Emmy. Sorry Real Butcher, Agnes was better.
Check out the preview for next week's episode:
There was a bloodbath during the Blood Moon on this week's American Horror Story and by the looks of next week's trailer, things are only set to get worse. With only one character supposedly making it out of the Roanoke house alive, the race for survival is on. Will Audrey, Lee and Monique escape the disturbing Polk family? Will the colony enter the house and kill all the participants? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
American Horror Story airs Wednesdays on FX. Who do you think will die next on Roanoke? Tell me in the comment section below.