We’re now just over halfway through this season’s American Horror Story: Hotel, which is shaping up to be quite the season. There’s vampires! And ghosts! And serial killers! Oh my! And amazingly, Ryan Murphy hasn’t managed to bungle the big picture yet like he’s done in past seasons. So with the show on hiatus this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, we thought this would be a good place to examine how the season has progressed and speculate on the groundwork that’s being laid for the latter half of the season. I’ve recruited Uproxx’s other resident American Horror Story enthusiast Jaime Frevele to join me in a spirited discussion of what’s happened and what’s to come.
So Detective John Lowe is definitely the 10 Commandments Killer, right?
Stacey Ritzen: If John Lowe is not the 10 Commandments Killer, then Ryan Murphy is doing some serious trolling. So far, every clue points to him. The delusions, the blackouts, and the fact that for some reason the “killer” has only been in communication with him? In last week’s episode, “Flicker,” Lowe meets a little girl named Wren in the psych ward who was turned by the Countess, and who claims to be the serial killer’s accomplice. After he breaks her out, Wren promises to take him to the killer, who she says lives in the Hotel Cortez.
When Wren asks if John will kill the serial killer, he tells her “if I have to.” She then responds, “I really like you. I hate to see it end” before throwing herself in front of a speeding truck. Also, John was invited to a party for serial killers. If he is in fact the killer, this is not the most subtle of ambiguities.
Jamie Frevele: Ooooo, I had not thought about this at all. Because I live in the moment/don’t pay close enough attention. But what would make this even creepier is if he ended up being responsible for the death of his own son. Because Ryan Murphy needs to give us more reasons to both hate and feel sorry for him!
SR: Well Holden is not technically dead yet, he just has the “ancient blood disease” or whatever. But responsible for the connection to the Countess and/or the Hotel Cortez? Maybe. Viewer theories have speculated that it’s Alex that’s related to the countess with her fair skin and hair (a theory now rendered null), but could it be John that’s the tie in? Or maybe both?