Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for American Horror Story Roanoke. Proceed with caution if you haven’t watched yet.
Finally, American Horror Story fans around the globe can stop wondering who AHS regular Evan Peters is playing this season. Remember last week when I posed the Peters-is-Piggy-Man theory? Well, that was complete bogus (as far as we know). While we still don’t know who is behind the mask—my final guess is Finn Wittrock, who is still missing—we got our first taste of Peters’ character: Edward Philippe Mott. Yes, as many predicted, the actor is playing the ancestor of Dandy Mott, who appeared in Freak Show. Aside from the return of Evan Peters, there is a ton to dissect, so let’s get to it before the blood moon cycle ends.
Right off the bat, we met Peters’ character and learned more about the mysterious Mott family. As Elias explained last week, Edward Philippe Mott built and once lived in Matt and Shelby’s house. The antisocial Aristocrat craved a place away from the city where he, his lover Guinness, and his precious art could live in peace. Not long after moving in, strange things started to happen. The chaos crescendoed when Mott punished his staff by locking them in the cellar because he thought they were the ones responsible for ruining his paintings.
But alas, it was actually The Butcher and her son Ambrose who’d broken in to mess with Mr. Mott. About 10 minutes into our introduction to Edward Mott’s story, he was brutally murdered by the Butcher and her colony. Before he was led outside to his doom, which involved impaling him on a wooden spike, there was a brief homage to the bed monster from American Horror Story: Hotel. Seeing as this is the fifth episode, the reference was appropriate.
Knowing how American Horror Story is typically structured, it didn’t come as a surprise when a ghostly Edward Mott showed up to help Matt and Shelby. While they’re trying to figure out where to hide from the Butcher and her mob of ghosts, Mott showed up and led them out of the house. The only problem was he led them to the woods, which is where the hillbilly Polk family found Matt, Shelby and little Flora.
Much like Kathy Bates‘ character in the movie adaptation of Misery, the matron of the Polk family (played by another familiar AHS vet, Frances Conroy), enjoys smashing legs with blunt objects! The family also happens to enjoy eating human flesh. On the menu this week? Elias (Denis O’Hare), who isn’t dead! His body is mangled from the Polks picking at his flesh. The torture didn’t last long however, as the demented family decided to murder Elias because he didn’t taste good anymore.
Once that gory business was over, the Polks took Matt, Shelby, and Flora to The Butcher. According to Mama Polk (Conroy), they made a deal with the Butcher: as long as they were left alone, the Polks would bring offerings to consecrate the land. During the truck ride back to their home (a.k.a. ghost hot spot), Matt Shelby and Flora almost escaped.
While all of that was going on, Lee was fuming about being pulled in for questioning at the police station. Once her 48 hours were up, Lee was released. When she learned that Matt and Shelby found her daughter Flora via text message, Lee headed back to the house. Despite having a police officer drive her, he hilariously drove away as soon as he saw the mob waiting outside the house. At this time, that officer is the only smart character in the show!
Anyways, Lee got there just in time. After Ambrose stopped his mother from murdering Flora (by pushing the Butcher into the fire), the Pig Man went after the little girl. But before he was able to finish the job started by The Butcher, Lee hit him with her car and told Matt, Shelby, and Flora to get in. At the end of the episode, the group found themselves in a cheap hotel, safe and sound (as far as we know).
The transition to the hotel makes a nice transition for whatever the showrunners have planned for the sixth episode. Will the fourth wall break? Are Matt, Shelby and Flora really safe? Will we see more Evan Peters? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments below, join the conversation on Facebook, or start one with me on Twitter @Samantha_Sofka.