‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ fans praise plot twists, Kathy Bates’ acting, Angela Bassett’s directing

“I continue to be more excited about this show than any other right now,” praises Gold Derby reader thedemonhog in our forums about this week’s episode of “American Horror Story: Roanoke” that twisted the Season 6 plot from an “Unsolved Mysteries”-type reenactment to a “Blair Witch Project”-style mockumentary. And AayaanUpadhyaya agrees, writing, “I Absolutely LOVED this episode. This is what I was waiting for all along.”

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For the first half of this installment, we were watching a show-within-a-show called “My Roanoke Nightmare” that went on to be a megahit for the fictitious network. Following that finale, the producer (seen on camera for the first time as Cheyenne Jackson) decided to take a camera crew out to the Roanoke house with the real victims (Lily Rabe, Andre Holland, Adina Porter) as well as the actors who portrayed them (Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr, Angela Bassett). That’s where the real horrors truly begin.

See a sampling of our readers’ raves below and then join the “American Horror Story 6” discussion in our fun TV forum. Having trouble keeping track of who’s-who among the cast of “AHS: Roanoke”? Then be sure to click through our Season 6 photo gallery.

‘American Horror Story’ poll results: ‘Roanoke’ is your 3rd-favorite season behind ‘Asylum’ & ‘Murder House’

moviefan61794: For me, this was the scariest episode they’ve done in a long time. I really enjoyed the execution and how it calls into question everything we’ve known about this season already. It was a blast to see the cast of the reenactments take on new personas. Kathy Bates looks like she’ll steal both halves of the season, and I’m here for it. This episode completely had me and is making me rethink a lot of what we have previously seen. I’m thrilled to see the rest of the season!

Atypical: The metaness was truly everything, and usually I really loathe that sort of thing because it’s rarely executed effectively (the sad “Blair Witch Project” legacy). Bassett directed the living hell out of this episode, so kudos to her for that. I wouldn’t mind a first Emmy directing nod for her at all next year.

vinny: That twist! Love it! Not so much the ending of the episode…..Rory we hardly knew ye lol. I’m curious to see who is playing “The Butcher” and her son. My grade: A+

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M: This is Bates’ [Emmy] submission episode. Didn’t think she’d have one. Nomination number eight for the category of Limited Series / Movie Supporting Actress?

forwardswill: WOW. WOW. WOW. Loved this episode.

Reis: One of my favorite episodes of the entire series. Loved loved loved!

PianoMann: I love this episode! The behind-the-scenes twist was predictable, but extremely well-executed. Major kudos to Bassett for her directorial work here, which deftly handled so many camera angles and perspectives without unnecessarily inundating the audience. I agree with Atypical that a Directing nom would be deserved. I was most impressed with Bates in this episode. Her interview scene opposite Cheyenne Jackson was the highlight for me.

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