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(This post contains spoilers for “American Horror Story: 1984” through the fifth episode. You have been warned.)
We reached the midway point of “American Horror Story: 1984” with Wednesday’s episode, another installment filled with deaths, double crosses, secret connections and other dramatic turns.
And while the Episode 905 answered a few major questions, those reveals created a bunch of new questions. Because there’s already been so many twists, we can’t help but wonder how Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and the rest of the creatives behind “AHS: 1984” can possibly keep this slasher story going for five more episodes — how many more twists they could have in store for us?
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 just halfway through the season, we don’t expect many big answers any time soon.
Did Satan actually resurrect the Night Stalker and Mr. Jingles?
In Episode 4, 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.
At the start of Episode 5, whoever or whatever is inside that body told fake Rita (Angelica Ross) they want her to go kill, just like her father did. And then by the end, that same presence in the Night Stalker’s body resurrected Mr. Jingles. And then the two took off toward Los Angeles in a stolen police car
So what’s going on here? People worshiping Satan is apparently a big thing this season, so our first thought is that the Devil is the one responsible for the resurrections. But if it wasn’t Satan, then what else could it have been?
What in the world is going on with all these dead people?
An argument you could make against Satan’s involvement is all those other folks who don’t worship Satan who have also been resurrected.
Jonas (Lou Taylor Pucci), the old camp counselor from 1970, 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, 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 — 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, and neither are Montana (Billie Lourd), Ray (De Ron Horton) and Xavier (Cody Fern) — and yet they were all brought back as well. There’s gotta be some bigger twist for this story than just “Satan is helping out the bad guys.”
Jonas clearly has a theory, as he told Ray that the camp is now their home. And Montana came to the conclusion that they’re in purgatory now. So are they ghosts or what?
Who is in Ray’s body then?
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 try to escape on a motorcycle before he’s smoothly decapitated by Mr Jingles.
At the start of Episode 5, Brooke (Emma Roberts) found Ray alive and well and the two even slept together. But after that, they found Ray’s head in the fridge and by the end of the episode whoever is in that body that looks like Ray was being rushed to the hospital by paramedics who came to assist after the latest massacre, seeing as it seems he doesn’t have a pulse. So what’s going on there?
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 (Billie Lourd) 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 is Brooke going to do now that she’s been framed for all the new murders?
At the end of Episode 5, the authorities showed up after Margaret had killed (almost) everyone at camp and caught Brooke redhanded after she killed Montana. So now Brooke has been taken away and is seen as the suspect in the case, while Margaret pretends to be a victim yet again. Will Brooke find a way out of this mess?
Why are the Night Stalker and Mr. Jingles going to LA?
The last scene in the fifth episode sees our two nicknamed murderers head back to town in a stolen cop car. But why? Is their part in “AHS: 1984” done or will they be back?
What’s up with this gay porn subplot?
In the middle of the first 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. Right now, we’re not willing to count anyone truly dead or alive, due to this whole resurrection component.
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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