‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ Chapter Two: 4 Ups, 2 Downs

The Second Episode of ‘AHS: Roanoke’ Explains The Backstory But Still Poses More Questions

Another episode into ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke‘ and things are getting even wilder. How could the creators top raining teeth in the first episode? Well, I guess spit-roasting a man with a pig head on is a good start.

I breakdown the latest episode of ‘AHS: Roanoke‘.

Here is the 4 Ups and 2 Downs from “Chapter Two”.


1. The Suspense Is Killing Me
-We are building and building to something major. You can feel the tension rise through the episode and leading up to the upcoming episodes. Now with a missing child and more aggressive hauntings, I can’t wait to see where this goes.

2. Amazing Exposition
Denis O’Hare’s character delivered a bit of a backstory for the house Shelby and Matt are living in. We find out his character used to live in the house and was driven mad. He also disclosed information about the twisted previous tenants.

3.The Documentary Style
-While the narration distracts from the tension at times, this new format Season 6 of ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke‘ has taken is so amazing. Paranormal reenactment shows are popular; glad to see the creators capitalize on it.

4. Lady Gaga & Kathy Bates
-Only appearing briefly but making a big impression, these two ladies stole the episode for me. After many complained Gaga played a version of herself last season in ‘AHS: Hotel‘, I loved seeing her new feral character.



“I am the queen of every hive, I am the fire on every hill, I am the shield over every head. Who am I but both the tree and the lightning that strikes it?”



1. Not Enough Scares
-The premiere was a nail-bitter the entire time. “Chapter 2” decided to slow down with the scares and start the slow-burn. A few jump scares were there and first time we see the colony burn someone alive was creepy but there wasn’t much else.

2. Why Are Good People In Horror So Dumb?
-A major problem with the paranormal sub-genre of horror is relying on these characters being complete morons. I’m sorry but if I see two ghostly nurses murder someone in my dining room, I’m leaving ASAP.

Do you agree with my breakdown of “Chapter 2” in ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke‘?

Let me know in the comments below how you felt!

EJ Moreno
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