After the wrap of the show "My Roanoke Nightmare," the producer creates a follow up show called "Return to Roanoke," bringing the actors of the previous show and the real Shelby, Matt, and Lee, back to the house.
My Roanoke Nightmare was the television success story of 2015. With minimal promotion, the show garnered 23 million viewers by its finale, topping that week's airing of Sunday Night Football, Empire, and The Walking Dead. Eager to capitalize on the success, the network asked the producer to create a follow-up series.
Sidney Aaron James, the producer of "My Roanoke Nightmare," ambushes Frank, the network president, with a surprise on-camera pitch. He details the documentation of the reality that the audiences are craving, including marketing and social media. He wants to reunite the Millers and the actors who played them for "Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell," a hidden-camera reality show. He gushes over filming during the "blood moon" and catching the real reactions to the fake ghosts he intends to insert. Frank responds with audience polling that they were disappointed with Mason's unsolved murder and that Lee, Mason's presumed killer, was not brought to justice. Sidney also mentions that he purchased the Roanoke House from Matt and Shelby, at a 50% cost, for filming the re-enactments. Sidney emerges from the meeting having gotten a green light for 13 episodes. Sidney's assistant, Diana Cross, tempers this news with the revelation that Shelby refuses to participate.
In Ojai, ten weeks before the blood moon, Sidney interviews Shelby. She's been recieving death threats, and she and Matt are separated. She had a weekend fling with Dominic Banks, who played the part of Matt. She plans to reconcile with Matt while they're trapped together in Roanoke, but insists that Dominic not be involved. Unbeknownst to her, Dominic has already signed a contracta and Sidney intends to keep him on to increase the drama.
Two weeks prior to the blood moon, inconspicuous cameras are being installed into the Roanoke House, along with practical "haunting" effects. After previewing the video of the real Elias, Diana is skeptical. She has concerns about the jump scare gimmicks, which Sidney dismisses as tools to find justice for Mason. He wants the participants to feel completely isolated. Alissa, a crew member, finds a circle of fetal pigs on the property, and alerts Sidney and Diana to them, but no one knows how they got there. The Polks are mentioned to have been missing for weeks.
Agnes Mary Winstead, the actress who played "The Butcher," testifies about her experience and casting in the part. Sidney asks her about the incident that landed her with a mental health committal and assault charge: running down Hollywood Boulevard slashing at bystanders with a cleaver. She tries to play off the day, but Sidney insists that she's become obsessed with the role. He presents Agnes with the image of the pigs on set, which she says she did not leave behind. He serves her with a restraining order, barring her from further interaction with the show. As they leave, she yells after them, in-character as The Butcher.
Kristin Dos Santos interviews Lee, who has recently signed onto "Return to Roanoke" so that she can set the record straight. In a meeting with their legal representative, Sidney and Diana are told that the production is not liable if the real Lee does anything like killing, as they suspect she did to Mason. The attorney is more concerned about Monet Tumusiime, the actress who played Lee because Monet is an alcoholic, and the production is legally culpable if they knowingly allow her to drink.
As they arrive on set, Sidney and Diana witness a sheet-draped body being removed by ambulance stretcher. Alissa shows them a video of an accident, captured in the background of a video camera installation: Greg was cutting wood for the hot tub deck when his chainsaw was thrust into his neck, killing him. Sidney chooses not to suspend production for the day, as the cast is arriving shortly. Diana is furious and drives off. While driving, Diana films an affidavit about what is happening on the show and why she's leaving. Ahead of her, she sees what appears to be a Roanoke colonist, which she turns the camera to capture. She continues driving and the Piggy Man emerges from behind her seat to kill her. Her footage was recovered three months later by police but her body was never found.
Audrey Tindall films a confessional, including a blooper and behind-the-scenes footage from production. She has recently married Rory Monahan, who barges into her confessional to break the news. He was the actor who played Edward Philippe Mott. They arrive on set for "Return to Roanoke" and claim the largest room. He gets a phone call, recalling him to Los Angeles for a screen test. Before he leaves, he is filming on his cell phone and catches a glimpse of Agnes, outside a window of the house, who smashes it when he gets close.
Audrey vents her frustration to the newly arrived cast and Sidney, as Agnes has been violently stalking her and stole her Saturn Award, for which Agnes was also nominated. Audrey wants to leave, but Shelby convinces her to stay. Tension rises as Matt and Lee arrive. They are all distributed camera-only phones, which promptly capture a blow-up between the Millers and Lee.
Monet, Audrey, and Rory later question the Miller's story as during 8 weeks of summer filming, they saw nothing suspicious. Matt tells them that things will be different, as the blood moon is now apparent.
Over the next three days during the blood moon, every participant in the series died under mysterious circumstances, except for one. The show planned by producers never aired, and this is the assembled found footage.
The participants part ways as the night winds on. Shelby tries to reconcile with a wary Matt. Monet blames method-acting as much as Lee for driving her to alcoholism. Dominic arrives and Matt immediately attacks him until the others break it up. Audrey emerges from a shower to find Piggy Man behind her. A furious Rory tries to locate what he thinks is a Sidney-arranged actor but is hacked to death by the Jane sisters, who are finally able to complete their MURDER tableau.
Brian Wells is the actor who portrays the reenactment of Lot Polk in "My Roanoke Nightmare". He is also seen officiating the wedding ceremony of fellow Roanoke actors' Rory Monahan and Audrey Tindall.
- Brian is the second character portrayed by Chaz Bono. For a complete list of his characters, see Cast.
Alissa is a character in Roanoke portrayed by Chelsea Alden . Alissa is one of the helpers on "My Roanoke Nightmare" and, during "Return to Roanoke: Three Days In Hell", she discovered multiple dead, skinned baby pigs on the property while filming. Alissa is also there when a member of the crew dies from a very odd way. Alissa brings some fast food to Sidney and the camera man while they watch the actors in the house. Alissa wonders what happened to Diana when Sidney told her that Diana is not part of the production anymore. Alissa starts screaming when she leaves the trailer and the other two see that she had her throat slit by Agnes.
- Alissa: "You need to see this."
- Brian: "At this time, Audrey and Rory would like to share their vows of love. "
Cast and characters
- Sarah Paulson as Audrey Tindall
- Lily Rabe as Shelby Miller
- André Holland as Matt Miller
- Adina Porter as Lee Harris
- Cheyenne Jackson as Sidney Aaron James
- Evan Peters as Rory Monahan
- Angela Bassett as Monet Tumusiime
- Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Dominic Banks
- Kathy Bates as Agnes Mary Winstead
- This is the first episode directed by Angela Bassett in American Horror Story. The second went on to be Drink the Kool-Aid, the ninth episode of season seven.
- What is Agnes capable of?
- Will the ghosts kill everyone or just some?
- Who will survive?
- In Chapter 9, she appears as a corpse.