We Need to Talk About the ‘American Horror Story’ Plot Twist that Wasn’t Last Night’s Debate

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While everyone in this country tuned into America’s real horror story, the presidential debate, I couldn’t help but switch to FX come 10 o’clock. Call it an escape from reality, if you will.

For the past few weeks, hell’s personal ringmaster, Ryan Murphy, has been teasing fans that episode 6 of this season of American Horror Story would include a YUGE plot twist, resulting in audiences re-thinking what the fuck is actually going down at Roanoke, and damn, did Murphy deliver.

The episode stars with a bit of text on the screen, as we jump to a future where the faux (to us, not to the world this takes place in) docuseries has already aired:

My Roanoke Nightmare was the television success story of 2015. With minimal promotion, the show garnered 23 million viewers by its finale, topping that week’s airing of Sunday Night Football, Empire, and The Walking Dead.

With the network wanting a followup to the runaway hit, the producer of My Roanoke Nightmare, played Cheyenne Jackson, has come up with the brilliant plan of putting the real Matt, Shelby and Lee along with the actors who played them into the Roanoke house during the time of the blood moon (aka when the ghosts come out to play for realzies) and film it all with hidden cameras, Big Brother style.

But, that wasn’t the biggest twist of all.

Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell might have been the title the producer’s new show, but it actually never aired. A new bunch of text informs us that in fact:

Over the three days of the blood moon, every participant in the production died — except one. All this footage is simply found footage, unreleased by producers.

Well, I guess Matt and Shelby weren’t lying about the whole ghost thing. 

American Horror Story producer Brad Falchuk told Entertainment Weekly that the season is divided into three sections. “It’s like [episodes] 1-5, 6-9, and 10 is its own thing.” Episode 6 is the set-up for the premise of the “reality” show, and now we have episodes 7-9, one for each day in hell.

As much as Glee made me hate Ryan Murphy, (Did you see that show past season 3? Whoof) I’ve got to admit, this twist is fucking great. This entire season has been extremely creative and well executed from a storytelling standpoint, so kudos to him.

Some other notable spoilers for the episode:

  • The real Shelby only agrees to do the show only so that her an Matt can be forced to talk to each other. Turns out they separated, and she had an affair with the actor that played Matt. Ouch.
  • Apparently everyone think the real Lee murdered her husband, and the reason she wanted to do the show is to set the record straight. Too bad the producer is using this show to try and make her confess.
  • Turns out Sarah Paulson is actually English? And married to Evan Peters? Audrey Tindall, Sarah’s character, is actually an actress from England, who eventually falls in love and gets married to Rory Monaghan, the actor who Evan Peters portrays. They’re a mismatch made in hilarious heaven who even have their own wedding special. Too bad Rory kicks the bucket by means of the nurses (“R is for Rory,” Matt explains).
  • Kathy Bates is basically playing Kathy Bates as Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. Her character, Agnes Mary Winstead, is so mentally unhinged, she believes she’s actually the butcher IRL.  Not only did she terrorize people on Hollywood Boulevard in character, but she attacked Audrey as well, after she won an award clearly meant for her. The producers ban her from the set, but in her state, you know she’s going to pop up at some point.
  • All of the new ghosts are seen so far are played by new actors, so written reviews are about to get a bit more tricky.

So, where the hell are Taissa and Finn? Will they be playing ghosts we already know through the reenactment or brand new characters? Also, who’s going to be the one survivor?

Guess we’ll have to watch to find out.

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Marissa Sblendorio

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