Tonight, “American Horror Story: Roanoke” gave us an installment that was absolutely interesting, but at the same time raised an interesting question: Was the nightmare over for Shelby and Matt? They had escaped from the Butcher, and it did not appear as though they had any intent of going back into her clutches.
Yet, this was only the halfway point of the season, and the implication there is clearly that there is more story still to come. The preview for the next new episode did not give away very much — at all. What we had in the clip was a quick look at the new character played by Cheyenne Jackson, who turned up for a few seconds and that was it. He introduced us to what seemed to be more of some sort of documentary, but there wasn’t enough time to figure out what it could be. (The length of the promo below is actually rather misleading as to how long it really is.) Maybe he was a producer on the “My Roanoke Nightmare,” or someone who saw that and is desperate to try and capture that energy and craziness into his own product? He’s certainly someone who has no problem being in front of the camera.
The only other thing that is known about episode 6 moving into it is something that was said previously by co-creator Ryan Murphy, who proclaimed that there would be some sort of enormous twist coming at the halfway point of the season. This has to be it, but how that works into what we’ve seen so far — and the potential authenticity of the story we’ve seen so far — is something that really will remain to be seen. It wouldn’t shock us to see “Roanoke” have a little bit of “Mr. Robot” in it when it comes to reliability.
Unfortunately, that’s all we’ve got here. FX has kept constant when it comes to their no-spoilers policy of this season; you can argue as to whether or not the show has been worth this extra layer of secrecy, but we admire them for the effort they’ve put into it over time.
Tonight’s episode – Head over here to read our review of everything that transpired. (Photo: FX.)