Let’s not waste any time before diving into the big reveal of “Chapter 8” in last night’s American Horror Story: Roanoke. Lee really did kill her husband Mason! If you’ll recall, Mason was found dead in the woods, burned and hanging from a giant stick doll, in the third episode this season. Lee has maintained her innocence despite the fact that she has been largely blamed for Mason’s death (but never formally charged with a crime). However in what she thought would be her last words to her daughter Flora in a video recorded by Jether Polk (Finn Wittrock), she finally confessed to the crime. The bad news: She managed to escape and is now leading Audrey to her certain death back to the Polk compound to recover the recording.
The only question I have is, did Lee really set up that crime scene herself? Or did she discreetly murder and then sensibly dispose of Mason’s body and the ghosts were like, “lol no,” and strung him up like that? It’s mostly unimportant in the grand scheme of things other than to try to get into Lee’s head. Lee is clearly hiding another secret because we still don’t know why she agreed to come back to the house to begin with. Not only was she fully aware that there were murderous ghosts and murderous hillbillies there, but she was also knowingly returning to the scene of her crime. It seems pretty obvious that they’re setting Lee up to be the survivor of the season, if for no other reason than both Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett’s characters are both terrible people, and not even in an interesting way. What else are you hiding, lady??
So by the end of the episode, we have left Lee, Audrey, Monet, and the new guy. Oh right: the new guy! He only appears in the last seconds of the episode but Wes Bentley shows up at the house as Dylan, the actor who played the Butcher’s son in the reenactments. Early prediction: he gets his head smashed in by a hammer or other blunt object. Now let’s walk back through the deaths.