Trigger Warning: This episode dealt with suicide, so we will also be discussing suicide thematically.
So the theme of this episode is suicide. But it’s not an easy or straightforward motif. The show is asking the audience to consider what the cost of the characters’ actions are, and if making choices that lead to their own deaths is a form of suicide. Whether through recklessness or a death wish. And in the end, are the two really so different if the result is the same?
Okay I actually like Tristan in this episode. He’s much better dead than alive. It begins with him wandering around the room where he met James March (one of my top fav AHS serial killers). Tristan says he understands now and he’s a big fan. He notes that March is a scorpio, which somehow “explains a lot”, and calls him the greatest serial killer that ever lives. It takes a lot of ego stroking but March reappears, wanting to know how someone could possibly know so much about him. Tristan googled him of course, something that sounds totally obscene to a guy who’s been dead nearly a century. Then Tristan asks for a high five and March leaves him hanging with a blank look on his face before saying “Good!” Peters is hilarious in this role. He nails the ‘Old timey doesn’t get new timey references’ trope without feeling like a total cliche. March is excited that someone will finally get to use the hotel to its full potential once again. The acid pits and asphyxiation chambers could use some company. He shows Tristan the “Black Closet” and we get a gory flashback of a frightened man backing into a spike. They have a great dynamic together and I hope we get more scenes with both of them.