ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

The penultimate episode of Season 6 was the quintessential AHS experience: gory, clever, and over too quickly! We're set up for an incredible finale, but now's the time to mourn the end of Return to Roanoke: 3 Days in Hell. Check out the awesome stuff that went down in American Horror Story S06 E09.

1. American Horror Story: Politics

The AHS brains anticipated the post-election air date when writing this episode, but couldn't have realized quite what sort of climate viewers would be watching the show in. Sophie Green's meta-critique of My Roanoke Nightmare (delivered by a long-awaited Taissa Farmiga) could not have felt more pertinent:

"On the surface, it’s an interracial story set in a post-racial world, which of course is a lie, but they’re really talking about the colonization of America, The Butcher and the Roanoke Colony, which became a matriarchy in a patriarchal system. That’s why it’s so timely. It’s a power we’re fighting today... Racism is scary. Patriarchy is scary."

Adina Porter certainly approved of the message:

2. Taissa And The Blair Witch Kids

The movie references throughout American Horror Story Season 6 came to a head this week in an episode that was basically The Blair Witch Project. Sophie and her friends Todd and Milo arrive to gather evidence for their fansite called Army of Roanoke. They find the ghost of Sid's PA, Diana, Todd gets chopped to pieces (more on that later) before finding Sid and his cameraman's bodies by the trailer. Sophie decides to go help Audrey and Monet (bad idea), but ends up falling victim to The Butcher and her cronies. Sadly, our plucky heroine and her bozo buddy end up impaled (total, wince-inducing Cannibal Holocaust-style) and burned alive.

Oh, and that 1970 movie about Dustin Hoffman being raised by the Cheyenne that Milo was talking about? It's Little Big Man.

3. Do The Twist

There's another twist! Lee, desperate, half-eaten and bedraggled, wanders into the forest but is not killed. Like The Butcher before her, she's approached by the wood spirit of the First Supreme and offered a pig's heart snack in exchange for eternal life in Scáthach's service. This adds a whole new element to the threat of the deadly third night of the Blood Moon.

Now, Lee is possessed with Butcher-violence and starts a killing spree of her own. Evil Lee proceeds to chop up Todd, lock Audrey in a storm drain, and throw Monet down a flight of stairs onto a wooden spike, but not before Monet can deliver some of the funniest last words on AHS record, teasing Lee:

"Standing there with your lil cleaver and saying weird shit"

4. Unanswered Questions

  • Where is the real-life Scáthach? Was this a purposeful omission or was there simply not enough time in Lady Gaga's schedule to allow more of her?
  • Will Matt Bomer ever show up?
  • Did Scáthach give birth to a weird half-human, half-whatever-the-hell-she-is baby after her repeated sleeping with Matt?
  • What on Earth happened to Finn Wittrock's "most fucked up character of all time" that Murphy promised us?
  • Are cops actually allowed to not show up to an emergency call?

5. The Paulson Universe

Despite her rather unwise suicide by cop, Audrey channeled the cunning of Lana Winters when she caught Mr. Polk saying "I’m going to murder you real slow" on camera before she killed him. Even with the stink of death all around her, she keeps her cool enough to establish her self-defense plea. The similarity to Lana Winters leads us nicely onto the subject of the American Horror Story Season 6 finale, in which Asylum's leading lady makes a dramatic return!

Check out the promo for AHS S06E10, the Lana Winters Lee Special!

We lost Dylan (disemboweling), Monet (impaling), Todd (cleavered), Sophie and Milo (burned at the stake) and Audrey (death by cop). That means that our grand survivor is: Lee! But what is left of her?


What will be Lee's fate in the 'American Horror Story' Season 6 Finale?

Check out recaps for previous episodes of American Horror Story Season 6 below:

All images: FX


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