Critic Consensus: Though not as momentous the prior episode, "Chapter 8" compels with a an overdrive of no-holds-barred horror, action, and one more surprise to keep audiences guessing.
Critic reviews for Chapter 8
Episode eight is a slow hour spinning its wheels, doling out the blood and death, but not providing much in the way of forward momentum. Its reliance on heavy gross-outs and strong character beats lead to what has to kindly be called a mixed bag
They're intriguing issues, and "Chapter 8" is at its most interesting when it raises them, but its answer seems to be no, there's no agenda here. Everyone on "Return to Roanoke" is just as bad as they seem, no fancy editing required.
And now a reading from the file marked "You Know You're Getting Close to the Season Finale of American Horror Story When... "
We get yet another twist: Piggy Man shows up at the door. The twist? It's not Piggy Man for real, it's Gideon (Wes Bentley), presumably the name of the actor who played Ambrose White on My Roanoke Nightmare.
By the standards of this American Horror Story season, 'Chapter 8' was a pretty sedate affair.
The show generally doesn't feel pointless in its violence and gore. Sure, there's a lot of it, but on some level it feels purposeful. Or at the very least, it serves to move the story along. Not so much in Chapter 8 of "My Roanoke Nightmare."
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