Cast & Crew
Sister Mary Eunice McKee
Mr. Gallant/Tate Langdon
Ghost Nurse Bridget
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.
I had minimal amounts of fun this week. And I must admit, that's got me seriously worried.
After last week's episode - one of the best ever - this is surely a letdown.
The grimness of "Chapter 8" is leavened by flickers of tenderness, some of it from unexpected quarters.
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.
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."
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.