There’s a big American Horror Story: Roanoke twist right around the bend, and after Wednesday’s episode, we might just know what it is.
Billie Dean Howard (Sarah Paulson) is a medium with the power to communicate with the dead. She first visited the Murder House in season one and went on to visit the Cortez in Hotel. As we know, her ability has earned her attention in the media, and way back in Murder House, she expressed the desire to have her own show. In Hotel, we saw that dream realized. Now, are we watching her reality show play out before our eyes in My Roanoke Nightmare?
The new season’s “true crime” style is a twist in itself. It mean it’s possible Billie Dean has been using her gift to allow the “real life” characters, who actually died while experiencing the events they’re describing, to share their stories. In this scenario, we can only see these ghosts because we’re seeing them through her eyes.
We already know Billie Dean is legit. As proven in AHS: Hotel, she communicated with James Patrick March (Evan Peters) and the rest of the Cortez’s serial killer ghostie gang. We don’t doubt her ability to make this happen.
But in “Chapter 3,” a monkey wrench was thrown into this theory when a male’s voice was used to ask the narrators specific questions about their stories. We also got a view of the full room in which the narrators (Shelby, Lee, and Matt) are being filmed when Lee has a freak out about her first daughter, Emily, who’d disappeared years before Flora. It looked like your average, run-of-the-mill studio, not the sort of place the bitter undead go to play.
It’s still totally likely that the narrators are speaking as a part of Billie Dean’s show, but are they dead? Probably not.
As for “Chapter 3,” here’s a quick recap:
Thomasin White (Kathy Bates), whose husband was the governor of the Roanoke Colony, makes her first major appearance when pint-sized medium Cricket shows up to offer his help in finding little Flora. Cricket manifests Thomasin (she is indeed a ghost) who claims all the Colony wants is for Shelby, Matt, and the rest to get out of their life. The forest is hers, dang it, and she won’t stand for these newcomers sticking their noses where they don’t belong and scaring her pigs and stuff. Wes Bentley, whose character is Thomasin’s son, also has his largest appearance on the show thus far when he betrays his mom in a flashback. So here’s a little taste of that backstory we’ve all been waiting for…
After Thomasin (who is left in charge of the colony while her husband travels back to England) is ambushed by a hangry faction of said colony and left for dead in the forest, Croatoan (Lady Gaga) stumbles upon her and saves her. Thomasin pledges her fealty to her by eating what we can only assume is a pig heart (PETA beware). She proceeds to find the traitors and kill them all, with the exception of her son.
In other news, Shelby catches Matt banging Croatoan out in the woods while two hillbillies watched. You can’t make this stuff up (unless you’re Ryan Murphy). This was the first example of what’s sure to be a very impressive season-long demonstration of Croatoan’s power, as Matt doesn’t remember it happening at all. We’re inclined to believe him because granted, a thousand-year-old creature whose primary diet consists of all things swine probably doesn’t have the most appealing breath. Meanwhile, Cricket tries to negotiate with Thomasin: If Shelby and Matt leave and burn down the house so no one else can invade their lad, she’ll return Flora, who is allegedly on the longest playdate ever with ghost child bonnet enthusiast Priscilla. So that poor excuse for a peace treaty is to be continued.
Also, three episodes and still no Evan Peters? Where the heck is this guy?
Catch American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare “Chapter 4” on Wednesday, October 5 on FX.