Editor’s note: This post contains spoilers for American Horror Story: Roanoke. Proceed with extreme caution if you’re not caught up. Seriously, this recap contains spoilers for the entire season.
The fateful sixth episode has finally arrived! As promised, Chapter 6 offered a massive twist, and it didn’t even wait until the last 20 minutes to get crazy. After the in-universe docudrama we had been watching play out over the course of the first five episodes (American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare) was labeled a smash hit by the show’s producer Sidney (Cheyenne Jackson), he opened the episode by pitching a Big Brother-like follow up titled Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell. And that’s just the tip of the spoiler-filled iceberg. There’s a lot to cover, so let’s dive in.
This time around, the aim of the fictional show is to bring the real Shelby, Matt, and Lee back to the Roanoke house with their actor counterparts, the crew, and Rory (the actor behind Edward Mott, portrayed by Evan Peters). Sid’s plan is to rig the house with hidden cameras, and fake spooks, throw the group in, and watch them deal with the reunion… all during the blood moon. Woo!
Not everyone was pumped about returning to the house, however. Actual Shelby (Lily Rabe) made it clear that she didn’t want to return to her old house (which is now owned by Sid). The only reason she agreed was because she thought being cooped up in a house with her ex-husband Matt would fix their marriage, which had crumbled after she cheated on him with his TV counterpart Dominic (Cuba Gooding Jr.).
Speaking of relationships, Audrey (Sarah Paulson) and Rory (Peters) apparently fell madly in love while they were shooting My Roanoke Nightmare. Before heading to the house, we got to see their incredibly romantic wedding where Rory promised to “love the sh*t” out of Audrey until he dies. This is reportedly Peters’ favorite role, and it’s clear to see why. Throwing a dude-bro type into the equation is hilarious.
But Rory wasn’t the only ghost reenactor that made an appearance again. Agnes Mary Winstead (Kathy Bates) was approached about her role as The Butcher, but was quickly shot down because she took her role a little too seriously and had a tendency to chase people around with a butcher knife. It was so bad that she was committed to a psychiatric facility and diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. As a result, Sid served Agnes with a restraining order, and told her to stay away from the house.
Though most of the stuff at the house was indeed rigged by Sidney’s crew, there were several concerning things that happened last night. For starters, a mysterious fetal pig sacrifice was found near the house before the cast even arrived, as well as a freak chainsaw accident wherein one of the workers accidentally decapitated himself. The weirdness and horror of this death was enough for one of the producers to take off in her car—finally, a smart person in a horror show! Too bad she was murdered by the Piggy Man as she was driving away. R.I.P. smart lady.
Things kicked up a notch when the Millers and Roanoke cast showed up. Everyone was accounted for, including real Lee (Adina Porter), who agreed to do the show to prove that she didn’t murder her husband. She blamed the public’s assumption on Shelby’s rash decision to lead the cops to her door Meanwhile Monet, the actress that played Lee, blamed her real life counter part for becoming an alcoholic. As Lee later pointed out to her, they’re more alike than they thought.
The question of whether Lee actually murdered her estranged husband was a big topic of discussion during last night’s episode. It’s part of the reason Sid brought everyone back under the same roof. As a result, everyone is wary of the real Lee. After Lee had a blowout with Shelby (regarding Shelby’s unfaithfulness), Monet, Audrey, and Rory sat around in the kitchen talking about how they think the Millers’ story isn’t true, and that nothing happened to them when they stayed at the house during filming.
Then an even bigger twist came. Following the deaths of the crew members, a batch of text hit the screen to reveal that over the course of the next few days, all of the characters died of unexplained causes except for one. We don’t know who that one is at the moment, but we do know that it won’t be Rory.
In the last few minutes of the episode, things went to hell. After a steamy hot tub scene with Rory, Audrey was almost attacked by the pig man in the bathroom. When she told Rory about it, he went upstairs to check it out. Just when he thought the Piggy Man’s appearance was a hoax cooked up by Sid, the ghosts of the malevolent nurses showed up and murdered him.
As Matt was examining the famous “MURDE” wall downstairs, he realized that the word was finally complete. “R” is for Rory! Now that the nurse’s task is complete, what will happen next? Who will be the one character left alive? Why does Ryan Murphy keep killing Evan Peters off this season? Leave your thoughts below, join the conversation on Facebook, or start one with me on Twitter: @Samantha_Sofka!