‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ Recap: One Dark Mystery Solved in ‘Ten …

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‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ Recap: A Shocking Reveal That Shocked No One.

Well, we now know who the horrible Ten Commandments Killer is. Speculation has been simmering to a boil since the season’s October premiere regarding the serial killer’s identity – and some have even floated the idea that Wes Bentley’s John Lowe, the very detective who’s been investigating the case, is responsible for the horrific murders.But ohhhhh how we can’t help but envy everyone who has not yet seen tonight’s , because it’s a deeply satisfying, mind-blowing TV watching experience we just want to live all over again. The Ten Commandments Killer—the one John (Wes Bentley) has been hunting since the first episode—is revealed within the first 8 minutes of tonight’s eighth episode, and you should probably have a loved one on standby (at the very least by phone) so you have someone to listen to your yelps and screams. We’ve had drillbit demons, people sewen into mattresses, vampires (excuse us, people suffering from an “ancient blood virus), ghosts, people barricaded in walls, way too many creepy children, some stunning art-deco set design, flawless fashion choices courtesy of Lady Gaga’s Countess, and the true American horror story: bad Wi-Fi.

Heck, half of the damned residents of the Hotel Cortez are vampires whose very existence hinges on bloodshed, including Lady Gaga’s sadistic Countess, Matt Bomer’s ousted lover Donovan, foxy revenge-seeker Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett) or bored-and-bitter junkie Sally (Sarah Paulson), to name a few. The surprising part is really that John found out about it, at least this early — and, by the end of the episode, he seems to be embracing this truly dark side of himself, with the unhelpful aid of James March (Evan Peters).

And even the non-bloodsucking regulars at the Cortez could have personal motivations for exacting ritualistic atrocities like, say, staging a little extramarital Viagra mishap – yep, we’re looking at you, former married schlub Liz Taylor (Denis O’Hare). Not only is tonight’s Killer reveal this season’s boldest moment, it’s also a stroke of genius in that—although surprising—it also makes perfect sense. The writers walk you through the backstory of how the Killer came to be, step by step, and suddenly, you realize what this whole show has been about since the very beginning. When Sally takes him to the room it turns out to be the room that not only had he been staying in during his time at the Hotel, but it was also the same room James Patrick March worked in and eventually died in. On tonight’s episode, fittingly titled “The Ten Commandments Killer”, we’re going to learn the killer’s identity in the first eight minutes, followed by a lengthy explanation of how all of this came about.

John’s secret character has been revealed in the eighth episode of this season, so there are still five left and a lot of other plot points that need to be connected. Another piece of evidence is John’s treatment of the evidence: he always shows up to TCK crime scenes in top form and proceeds to analyze the living daylights out of everything. Flashbacks show clues in the story, including March’s cryptic words that indicated that he saw potential in John, which finally make sense. “It’s okay. It was March who pushed John to be a killer, to “finish his work.” John’s first time at Hotel Cortez wasn’t several months ago, it was actually five years ago. See, March had done an initial run of Ten Commandments-style killings himself, so whoever’s doing the bloody bidding nowadays is merely finishing his work.

All season long we’ve been watching John’s sanity slip, and revealing that he’s been committing the murders in a dissociative state would make sense (and would hearken back to Psycho). If people are guessing your plot twist in the second episode of the season, it might be too obvious of a plot twist, and past seasons of AHS have shown that Ryan Murphy has a talent for shocking plot developments (Bloody Face, anyone?). There’s just a little more work to do.” That’s when all the memories of him hammering nails in tongues and Wren helping him escape that church where the televangelist lost his spleen come back to him. He interrupts the Countess’ (Lady Gaga) monthly dinner with March to introduce them to John, which initially infuriates March, given how dear he holds the dinner.

Already intrigued by John’s depressed state, when John laments, “Death is the only thing in life that has any meaning,” a switch immediately flips within March. Meanwhile, John Lowe’s only remaining friend in the department studies Wren’s corpse and tells his subordinate he wants to make sure John’s family’s OK. In doing so, he sets up the perfect opportunity for the Countess to take Holden when he suggests taking them to the carnival as an apology for having vanished.

After a case in which people got off on a technicality, it seemed March was able to get exactly what he wanted, a man who saw no other way than to do bad in order to do good. And John is grateful for that courtesy as he surprise-approaches him to offer up his confession — not just for helping Wren escape the looney bin and assaulting a guard. There’s also some meta evidence for his involvement: in seven episodes, Will Drake has barely done anything important, and yet Cheyenne Jackson has top billing.

But John, March thinks, is the one who can finish his “project,” but he needs the Countess’ help in pushing John over the edge to the dark side. The Countess openly hates March and usually would go out of her way not to help him, but he’s got the perfect bait for her: John’s beautiful children.

Before John can expire from hanging, however, March saves him and makes sure Sally helps him with his mission to complete the 10 Commandments killings. That’s when March pegs him as “the one” to finish his death-dealing design, but the Countess (Lady Gaga) sees a snag in his plan. “He won’t let go, he still has hope.” As in, a family who loves him.

Alex Lowe (Chloe Sevigny) is without a doubt one of the worst people on the show, so it’s not too much of a stretch to buy her as a depraved serial killer. She’s been ambiguously “out” for all of the murders, and she frequently says phrases like “Jesus Christ” and “Oh my God”—are these dialogue clues?

In fact, he even wanted to kill his wife, Alex (Chloe Sevigny), and Hahn under suspicion that they were having an affair, but Sally advised him otherwise. Now that he’s fully aware of what he’s done/doing/will do, it’s 100% him when he decides to carry out his original plan to take out his pal at the station. Maybe his increasing instability isn’t a result of suppressing his murder sprees but rather because of Alex, whether she’s gaslighting him out of hatred or to get him off her back. How likely is it?: Considering that “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain” is the third commandment, we’re not sure how well she would do as the TCK. He doesn’t have anything left to live for — except Scarlett, but she doesn’t want anything to do with him anymore after that in-house shooting incident.

There was also an intriguing bit of dialogue in one of his flashbacks: one of March’s victims was praying, and claimed that good would prevail as long as there was God. March responded, “I guess I’ll just have to kill God.” Given his atheistic nature it seems unlikely that he would pay homage to God’s teachings in his murders, but perhaps his Ten Commandments murders are meant to make a mockery out of the commandments. In an earlier episode, she described killing as “righteous”, and she is always crying, just as biblical figures (such as Mary Magdalene and Jesus) are frequently depicted. She is a very dark influence on him, and whenever he spends time with her he ends up confused, disoriented, and unsure of where he is or what he’s been doing.

Much like Will Drake, for a major character Sally has spent most of her time this season roaming around in the background, and we’re ready to see some more action from her. Even though American Horror Story is an anthology series, the seasons are in fact interconnected, with several characters appearing in multiple seasons.

The only issue we have with this theory is that it would definitely alienate a few viewers: it’s one thing to have past characters involved in secondary plots, but having the TCK be a surprise character from a past season would be a very dissatisfying reveal to the many viewers who have only seen Hotel.

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