Thursday, October 27, 2016
My Review of American Horror Story: Roanoke: Chapter 7
Written by Crystal Liu
Directed by Elodie Keene
Agnes (to the Butcher): "I only wanted to be on television."
And this episode ended with the firm lesson that impersonating homicidal ghosts will eventually get you killed. Agnes got to live the 'dream' as the Butcher and add to the body count (notably Sidney, though she also came close with Shelby) but her own encounter with the real Butcher resulted in her arguably deserved demise while Shelby and Dominic looked on in horror themselves.
However, I wouldn't feel too sorry for those two just yet though. In this episode alone, Dominic admitted that his purpose for Return To Roanoke: Three Days In Hell was to be the villain of the bunch while Shelby reacted to Matt's love for the witch by caving his brains in, Negan style. Granted, she did show some remorse over her actions, but damn it, Shelby you murdered your husband with a shit tonne of cameras capturing your every move.
I honestly thought that Matt and Agnes might have been possible survivors of the latest Blood Moon bloodbath but it turns out not to be the case. Similarly in a case of twisted fate, I even considered Sidney being a possible survivor until the first five minutes undid that one too.
Going into the last three episodes, we've got Shelby, Dominic, Audrey (whose accent is still off putting) and Monet currently alive. As for Lee, it's hard to tell right now. She got captured by the Polk family and lost her foot.
Speaking of the Polks, the real life version managed to look even more unkempt and were also far more menacing and deranged than their TV counterparts as they took some joy in tormenting the captive Audrey and Monet, who really were relegated to the scream queens role this week. I'm really hoping a violent death is imminent for that lot.
I'm not sure what else is going to happen or whom the remaining survivor is going to be but I am loving the total lack of subtle commentary on fame whores though. If one of them has to make it, maybe it should be Monet.
- Finn Wittrock finally appeared as the camera waving member of the Polk family. Robin Weigert (Jessica Jones) played the real Mama Polk and she was unrecognisable.
- We might have seen the real Edward Mott this week along with the Witch and Butcher. Rory's body was also hanging from the trees.
- The more I think on it, the more I want Lee to survive this. Audrey's comments about not being used to carnage because she's not American was hilarious too.
- Chronology, exactly from where the previous episode left off.
Chapter 7 certainly delivered on the bloodbath front. I wouldn't be surprised if by next week we're down to only two survivors or whatever but at the same time, this season seems to be the ultimate unreliable narrator, so who knows what 'twist' is coming next for us viewers.
Rating: 8 out of 10