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(This post contains spoilers for Episode 3 of “American Horror Story: 1984.” You have been warned.)
It’s hard to say if the third episode of “American Horror Story: 1984” represents the new season settling into a comfortable rhythm, but it definitely hit the sweet spot for this famously wild series. It was crazy but not too crazy like the second episode. And it managed to stay just grounded enough without feeling mundane like the premiere did at times.
That said, the third episode still created far more new questions than it did answers. See below for our list of the biggest questions we have and check back next week to find out which ones have — and haven’t — been answered. Since we’re still early in the season, we don’t expect many big answers any time soon.
Did Satan resurrect the Night Stalker?
Uh, so, that was insane. The Night Stalker (Zach Villa) went toe to toe with Mr. Jingles (John Carroll Lynch) and lost, suffering a gruesome death via tree limb through the skull. But as the episode ended, his body hovered in the air as his wounds healed, and he stood up looking good as new.
So why did that happen? People worshiping Satan is apparently a big thing this season, so our first thought is that the Devil is the one responsible for the resurrection. But if it wasn’t Satan, then what else could it have been?
What in the world is going on with the hitchhiker?
An argument you could make against Satan’s involvement is the other character who’s been resurrected: Jonas, the injured camp counselor from 1970 (Lou Taylor Pucci).
Jonas was killed multiple times– it’s happened three times so far, once in the premiere and twice in the second episode. He was murdered twice in quick succession by the Night Stalker (Zach Villa), and he said weird things like, “you’re not supposed to be here” and “I don’t die here.”
And then, later, he runs into Margaret (Leslie Grossman) and we learn that his name is Jonas and he was a camp counselor when the previous massacre happened back in 1970 — he tried to escape the camp but was run down by Mr. Jingles (John Carroll Lynch) — a weird extra wrinkle now that we’ve learned that it was actually Margaret who was responsible for the previous massacre.
This guy does not seem to be a part of Team Satan, so it’s not as easy to make a guess about his resurrections, not to mention the fact that he’s apparently lost to time, as he hasn’t aged in 14 years and still thinks it’s 1970. There’s gotta be some bigger twist for this story than just “Satan is helping out the bad guys.”
Also, where is this guy? We last saw him with Margaret two episodes ago, but he hasn’t been around in the third or fourth eps.
Is Ray really dead?
Before the end of the third episode, all the murders involved random characters popping into the camp for two minutes before one of the killers took them out, and we were kinda worried that trend would continue for a while. But it didn’t, and right at the end of the episode we see Ray (DeRon Horton) try to escape on a motorcycle before he’s smoothly decapitated by Mr Jingles (John Carroll Lynch).
But will he stay dead? With all the resurrections going on, we can’t help but be suspicious about Ray’s fate here.
How many more secret relationships will be revealed before the season ends?
The fourth episode dropped a couple doozies right at the beginning, when it explained how Montana and the Night Stalker knew each other, and that Montana hated Brooke because the Best Man at Brooke’s wedding massacre was Montana’s brother and Montana blamed her for the whole situation.
It’s nice to learn the greater significance of Brooke’s gruesome wedding story, but it’s also a reminder that seemingly everyone at this camp has some secret other motivation for being there. We can’t help but assume more of those types of revelations are in store since there are still ten episodes left. But how many more could there be?
What does the Fake Rita actually want?
So it turns out that Rita (Angelica Ross) is actually not Rita, but rather somebody who told Mr. Jingles how he could break out of his cell so she could study him and find out what makes him murderous. This invites a whole host of other questions, like: was she really a doctorate student studying serial killers? Was she telling the truth when she explained to Mr. Jingles what she wanted to do? Do we actually know anything real about this character at all?
What’s up with this gay porn subplot?
In the middle of the episode a guy named Blake shows up to hassle Xavier (Cody Fern). Apparently Xavier had done a gay porn film for Blake and Blake wanted him to do more. And then about a minute later Blake got murdered. Why introduce this plot point now? With Blake dead is this whole thing just supposed to be character building for Xavier or what?
Who is going to live and who is going to die?
It’s the standard slasher movie question that has to be asked about an “AHS” season that’s a tribute to slasher movies. Actually, this has to be asked about every season of “American Horror Story,” but we’re particularly worried about the fates of this crop of characters, considering the installment’s theme. In the second episode the only characters who died were interlopers, rather than any of the main people. Will that trend continue?
What’s the twist?
One of the big elements that makes “American Horror Story” interesting is that each season tends to contain some kind of major, game-changing twist. Last year in “Apocalypse,” for example, the show killed off most of the main cast a couple episodes in and transitioned into a crossover between “Coven” and “Murder House.” Back on “Roanoke,” they revealed midway through that we had been watching a reenactment of real events — a show within a show — before those real ghosts started going after the cast and crew of that meta-show.
Since it seems like it would be difficult to make a straight homage to ’80s slasher movies last ten episodes, we can’t help but assume that “AHS 1984” will feature some kind of similar change-up. We’ve got two characters who have been resurrected — that definitely feels like groundwork for whatever major twist is no doubt coming.
“American Horror Story: 1984” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.
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