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– by Anthony Esteves

What a rollercoaster of plot twists American Horror Story 1984 has developed for its viewers…

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The camp members endure attacks from both Richard Ramirez (Zach Villa) and Mr. Jingles (John Carroll Lynch) at Camp Redwood. A couple of pranksters dressed as Jingles bite the big one at the hands of the maniac himself. Chet (Gus Kenworthy) is impaled through the left side of his body. Ray (DeRon Horton) reveals a devastating truth regarding a fraternity pledge gone wrong—which could be seen as a bit of foreshadowing. However, it’s the twist regarding Nurse Rita that fuels the events occurring at this cursed camp.

In “Slashdance,” Brooke (Emma Roberts) and Nurse Rita (Angelica Ross) escape an attack from Ramirez and come across a car to escape in. This is where things take a turn when Rita stabs a hypodermic needle into Brooke’s neck, knocking her out. Immediately following in flashback form, it is revealed that Nurse Rita is actually a psychologist named Donna Chambers. Extremely dedicated to discovering what creates a serial killer, Chambers has a one-on-one with Jingles while he is institutionalized. In their meeting, she sets up the plan that leads to Jingles escaping and wreaking havoc on the camp’s reopening. Chambers then follows the actual Nurse Rita, knocks her out after riding in her backseat, and assumes her identity.

Oh, and one other twist in this episode. Montana (Billy Lourd), with one intense kiss, reveals herself to be Ramirez’s girl—and asks why he hasn’t killed Brooke yet.

In “True Killers,” the story of Richard and Montana is explored before the events at Camp Redwood.

Meeting at one of Montana’s past aerobics sessions, Richard wins Montana’s heart when he murders one of her rude customers and leaves the body by her locker for her to find. After an intimate moment right there on the locker room floor, it is revealed that Montana’s brother was the Best Man who was killed at Brooke’s wedding. Montana asks Richard to kill Brooke for her, and he of course obliges.

Back at the camp, Brooke wakes up and escapes from the room she was placed in, only to be recaptured in a net by Donna. Ready to witness how Mr. Jingles reacts, she is surprised to find both Jingles and Ramirez face off against each other for the right to kill Brooke. In what felt like an homage to Freddy Vs Jason, Jingles eventually gets the win by slamming Ramirez’s head through a thick tree branch—but loses out on killing Brooke, who has escaped the net.

Oh, but wait! There’s more twists to come. Through a slight flashback and a villainous monologue, Margaret (Leslie Grossman) reveals that it was she who killed those counselors back in 1970, and pinned everything on Jingles, who was known as the insecure, lonely Benjamin back then. Citing his promise to always protect her back then, Margaret allowed Benjamin to take the blame and go through horrendous institutionalized treatment. With that, Margaret shoots Jingles down dead… or so she thought, only to turn back and realize his body has disappeared.

On top of all these twists and turns, Donna witnesses another added element to this story: watching Ramirez’s body levitate, heal itself, and the killer be brought back to life. This little bonus is the cherry on top of a sundae that is overflowing with every potential horror troupe in existence. From the deranged psychologist wanting to know more to the framing of a potential killer to the forces of hell resurrecting their own serial killer weapon, this series basks in the campy fun that fueled slasher films in the ’80s—and it shows no signs of taking it easy in the episodes to come.

American Horror Story 1984 airs Wednesday nights on FX, and is available for streaming on the FX Now app.

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