The big twist teased by American Horror Story producers was revealed in this week’s episode. Read on for our recap of American Horror Story: Roanoke 6×06, “Chapter 6.”
Sydney (Cheyenne Jackson), the producer of My Roanoke Nightmare, is finally in front the camera in American Horror Story: Roanoke 6×06. He is about to meet the heads of the TV channel that aired his successful show, and obviously everything is being recorded. The network’s president is enthusiast about the results of My Roanoke Nightmare, and Sydney is eager to explain his next project – all in front of the camera, because the public wants reality.
For Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell, Sydney wants the My Roanoke Nightmare protagonists and the actors who played them to live together in the infamous house. This time, there will be hidden cameras recording everything. Matt, Shelby, Lee, and their respective actors will be put in the house during the blood moon, and we all know what that means, right? Big scares are ahead in a Creepy Big Brother kind of way.
The network president seems to like the idea, but he has some concerns. For instance, the public complained that the murder of Mason was never solved, and Lee (whom they believe committed the murder) suffered no consequences. Sydney says he’s taking care of the issue. The other big news is that Sydney is now the owner of the house, after buying it from Matt and Shelby. The network greenlights 13 episodes of Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell.
However, bad news is waiting for Sydney at the end of the meeting. His assistant, Diana, tells him Shelby doesn’t want to be part of the sequel. Sydney visits Shelby, and we discover that she and Matt separated. The notoriety they gained after My Roanoke Nightmare turned into another kind of nightmare composed of nasty comments from the public and even death threats. We also find out that Shelby is currently dating the actor who impersonated Matt on the show: Dominic Banks.
As American Horror Story: Roanoke 6×06 continues, Shelby claims that denying Sydney’s invitation was a moment of weakness and she is, in fact, ready to go back to Roanoke. Matt hasn’t spoken to her since he found out about Dominic, and if being locked in a house together might help them talk, then why not? Shelby has one condition, though: Dominic cannot be involved in the new show. Sydney is not going to follow that condition, of course. Where would the fun be in that?
Two weeks before the blood moon and the beginning of Return to Roanoke, we follow Sydney inside the house. His assistants are installing hidden cameras and some other scary tricks for the guests, all for the public’s delight. However, Diana is not so sure these tricks are going to help the popularity of the show. Sydney explains that he’s not interested in doing another horror show. Rather, he wants to find justice by making Lee admit that she did, in fact, kill her ex-husband Mason. Outside, the show’s producers find something they did not set up: Dead fetal pigs left beside a tree. A warm welcome from the Polk family, maybe?
Next on American Horror Story: Roanoke 6×06, we finally meet the woman behind The Butcher, actress Agnes Mary Winstead. Contrary to the dear old Butcher, Agnes is a fine and lovely lady. She claims The Butcher was the role of a lifetime and that it was a privilege to “breathe life into a real historical figure.” Behind the lovely persona, though, we find out Agnes was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder after My Roanoke Nightmare. She became obsessed with the character she played, even stealing props from the set.
Sydney thinks she’s the one who left the smelly surprise for the producers outside the house, but Agnes objects. She says she’s taking medication and is fine now, but Sydney takes out a restraining order against her and informs her that she won’t be in the sequel. Agnes reacts with a flood of threats toward Sydney and his team, made in The Butcher’s style. Whatever medication Agnes is taking, it’s clearly not working.
We also find out that the actress who played Lee, Monet Tumussiime, is in treatment for alcoholism, just like the real Lee once was.
If things weren’t complicated enough already, a worker dies while using a chainsaw on set. Sydney insists the death was just a terrible accident and the show must go on, but Diana doesn’t want to be part of it anymore. As she drives away from the set, she starts recording a video about why she’s leaving the show. While driving, she sees a figure that resembles The Butcher, and right after that, something gets in the car and kills her. It’s our dear old Pig Man.
Next up, we meet Audrey Tindall, the actress who played Shelby, and Rory Monahan, the actor who played Mott. We learn that they fell in love during the show and subsequently married.
The cast reunites at the house for the beginning of the show, and we can see everything thanks to the hidden cameras. Discord starts immediately between Shelby and Lee. And then…
We see Shelby trying to talk with Matt about their situation. Matt says he shouldn’t have come back and it’s not going to end well this time. Meanwhile in American Horror Story: Roanoke 6×06, Lee tries to talk to Monet about her alcohol problems. Monet says it’s Lee’s fault she became an alcoholic because she had to live like Lee for months, then accuses Lee of murdering Mason. Lee fights back, accusing Monet of playing her as if she were the murderer. In that moment, Dominic arrives and a fight starts between him and Matt.
Later the same night, Audrey sees the Pig Man in her room. She runs down to meet the others, screaming, but they all think it’s a setup orchestrated by Sydney. Rory goes upstairs to see what happened, and the two evil sister-nurses kill him. Matt sees the word murder appear on a wall of the house: The R is for Rory, and the word is finally complete. The nurses have ended their “work.”
So, this is the big twist teased by American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy. The fourth wall has been broken, leaving space for the second part of American Horror Story season 6. We now know that the documentary we’ll be seeing is just assembled footage found after all the participants died… except for one. Who’s going to survive?
Were you surprised by the twist in American Horror Story: Roanoke 6×06, “Chapter 6”?