Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for American Horror Story: Roanoke. Proceed with caution if you have not watched yet.
The creators of American Horror Story weren’t kidding when they said the plot would completely pivot with episode six. Two whole chapters later and things in the house have gone from 0-100. With most of the characters dead, it’s hard to determine who’ll survive the madness, especially with the mystery character that showed up in the last few seconds of “Chapter 8.” For a full rundown of who died and how it happened, keep reading.
Right after killing her husband and “the love of her life” Matt, Shelby was left to contemplate life among the mob of angry ghosts outside her former residence. Luckily, her fake husband (a.k.a. Dominic) was there to comfort her. Too bad it didn’t work, as she slit her own throat soon after being chased by a horde of grudge ghosts, a pig man, and spooky nurses (oh my!). As Freddy Mercury once said, “Another one bites the dust.”
While Dominic was left to fend for himself in the house, the other three characters were enjoying a dinner party at the Polk farm. Granted, only half the folks at the party were actually going to get to eat, while the others served as the main course. As far as we saw, only Lee had chunks of her own flesh removed and prepared (and force fed to the other prisoners) by the band of cannibals. As Mama Polk explained, the reason her family had a taste for human meat started during the Great Depression. After having little to eat, the Polks decided to chow down on the men who stole the last of their food.
Fast forward to now and they’ve perfected their meat preparation techniques. As Jether Polk (Finn Wittrock) later explained to Lee, the family likes taking bits off the body because in the old days, they didn’t have refrigeration. It was also a great way to keep the meat fresh. Anyways, aside from dropping that historical tidbit of information, Jether took a few tidbits from Lee — including her ear, which he planned on giving to someone on Christmas. The cannibals apparently are fond of Christmas, and knew about the My Roanoake Nightmare show because they watch television when they aren’t busy in the kitchen.
One thing led to another, and soon Lee had managed to get the upper hand with Jether. After a weird few moments of seduction, Lee turned the tables and took advantage of Jether’s infatuation to seemingly murder him. Meanwhile, Audrey and Monet were in the other room waiting for an unexpected dental appointment. After the Polks tried to steal Monet’s teeth, she used the situation to get away. When Mama Polk realized what happened, she sent both of her boys running after Monet. Whether she lived or was captured will remain a mystery until next week or the finale.
Just as Mama Polk was starting to take out Audrey’s teeth, Lee came out of nowhere and saved the day. They got away and managed to get back to the house to find a bloody mess waiting for them. Lee was distraught to find out that Matt’s head had been bashed in. When they discovered Shelby’s dead body in the bathroom, they didn’t want to believe Dominic’s account of the events. When he told them that Shelby had murdered Matt and then offed herself, Audrey and Lee locked him out of the room. While out, Dominic was taken out by the Piggy Man.
As punishment, the girls met the Piggy Man the next morning. The only difference is that this guy (who looks like Wes Bentley) wouldn’t hurt a fly. As soon as the world learned his name was Dylan at the end of the episode, they started to wonder who exactly he was. Based on the girls’ reaction, the guy is an actor. So, he was probably hired by Sid to scare the group, a la performance art.
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