Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
As usual, with American Horror Story, after the initial “Oh, so that’s what this season’s going to be about” high from the premiere wears off we find ourselves in second episode “Okay, so how is this going to last through a whole season?” territory. That’s where this week’s clunky “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” naturally resides.
Last year’s Roanoke did us a solid by not only cutting the average AHS season down by an episode or two, but by also putting an end to the show’s habit of producing overlong episodes where, with commercials, a chapter could run for a few hours. It was a trait that seemed to mostly die with Jessica Lange’s exit from the series, but Roanoke really reined it all in. Even then though, Roanoke’s meta-upon-meta storyline only really spiked during the premiere and its halfway reshuffle point.
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