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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.
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
Though this cycle of American Horror Story has admirably managed to shirk formula for the better part of the season, we've reached chapter 8 and, as such, a season staple: The "death and destruction" episode.
The grimness of "Chapter 8" is leavened by flickers of tenderness, some of it from unexpected quarters.
After last week's episode - one of the best ever - this is surely a letdown.
I had minimal amounts of fun this week. And I must admit, that's got me seriously worried.
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.
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."
While not as shocking and exciting as the last installment by any stretch, AHS Season 6 Episode 8 certainly served up a few incredible moments and kept the Roanoke nightmare chugging right along to its impending conclusion.
By the standards of this American Horror Story season, 'Chapter 8' was a pretty sedate affair.
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.
And now a reading from the file marked "You Know You're Getting Close to the Season Finale of American Horror Story When... "
Last week I mentioned that I am not a fan of the torture porn genre, so overall I was definitely not a fan of the live human-eating, teeth-pulling, rape-insinuating scenes in the Polk compound this week.