‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’: Top 4 moments from ‘Chapter 9’ include Adina Porter’s stellar performance

Just when we thought “American Horror Story: Roanoke” couldn’t possibly get any crazier, the penultimate episode upped the ante in terms of satire, violence and body count. “Chapter 9” revealed that the final survivor of the “Return to Roanoke” reality series was none other than Lee (the stellar Adina Porter), who narrowly avoided being turned into jerky in last week’s episode. But this surprising installment gave Lee a new, albeit murderous dimension that is sure to have fans tuning in for next week’s finale. Below, see the Top 4 highlights from “Chapter 9.”

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There’s a new butcher in town — Finding herself alone in the forest, Lee is confronted by the forest witch, Scathach, who appears to make a bargain with Lee and feeds her a pig heart, similar to the witch’s previous bargain with Tomasyn White (Kathy Bates). Lee suddenly appears to take on the persona of the Butcher herself, and begins to leave her own trail of bodies, including Monet (Angela Bassett), whom Lee tosses over a balcony and onto the pointy end of a chandelier before slicing into Audrey (Sarah Paulson) and locking her in the cellar.

Wes Bentley, we hardly knew ye — The actor, who played a more prominent role in last season’s “Hotel,” has only made sporadic appearances this season. We see him in this episode as Dylan, a military vet turned actor who portrayed Ambrose White in “My Roanoke Nightmare.” Dylan shows up in a pig costume to help spice up the new series and assists in rescuing Monet. His stint is short-lived when he is felled by one of the Polk boys and then disemboweled by the Butcher.

Kathy Bates gives career-best performance on ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’

And then there was one — The morning after the carnage, police arrive at the house and stumble upon Lee, who appears to be no longer possessed by the spirit of the Butcher. They also find Audrey, who sees Lee and shouts, “Murderer!” She grabs an officer’s gun in an effort to shoot Lee, but is quickly gunned down by officers, leaving Lee as the sole survivor and ending Sarah Paulson’s arc for the season.

Those pesky millennials — Continuing the season’s amusing meta-commentary, Taissa Farmiga, Jon Milo and Jacob Artist appear as three hikers who run a fan site dedicated to “My Roanoke Nightmare.” In an attempt to grow their own social media profile, they seek out the Roanoke house armed with Go-Pros and streaming video, only to find themselves in the middle of the action, culminating in one member being slaughtered by Lee as the remaining two are impaled on poles and burned alive. The dialogue in the trio’s early scenes is hilariously tongue-in-cheek, particularly when Farmiga’s character sees the docuseries as a commentary on race and gender politics (eerily reminiscent of certain recent political events).

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