The latest season of American Horror Story has finally arrived! After watching the AHS: 1984 premiere, we’ve got some major questions!
What do you rate the premiere episode for AHS: 1984? From me, it gets a solid 9! The latest season of American Horror Story wastes no time setting the tone and getting straight to slasher movie vibes with no shortage of bloodshed. Please note that major spoilers are ahead if you missed the season premiere of AHS: 1984. Watch the episode first before reading ahead.
AHS: 1984 begins in 1970, featuring Mr. Jingles’ (real name Benjamin Richter, portrayed by John Carroll Lynch) first mass kill — a sweep of an entire cabin of girls and their camp counselors at Camp Redwood, where he worked. He was arrested and sentenced to spend the rest of his days in a psych ward. But when Mr. Jingles learns that the camp is being re-opened by his one surviving victim, Margaret (Leslie Grossman), he breaks out and heads back to camp!
Meanwhile, Brooke (Emma Roberts), Montana (Billie Lourd), Xavier (Cody Fern), Chet (Gus Kenworthy), and Ray (DeRon Horton) are settling in as the camp’s only counselors. To them, it’s a fun gig. But, to Brooke, it’s an escape from a haunting experience we’ll get to shortly. Xavier seems to have different intentions, as well.
Let’s dive right in to the 5 biggest questions after watching AHS: 1984 episode 1, “Camp Redwood.”
1. Who’s after Xavier?
Xavier tells his friends there’s no way he is staying home during the summer, commenting that “it’s too dangerous.” He comes off as dramatic and out to have a good time, but I couldn’t shake off this feeling that he’s hiding something. He’s also not a very nice person.
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On their way to Camp Redwood, he hits a guy with his van and becomes anxious about it. He gets everyone to lie about him hitting the hiker with the car, and they say they simply found the hiker on the side of the road. I don’t know. Xavier is just so jumpy!
Finally, towards the middle of the episode, Xavier checks his phone voice messages on a pay phone (it’s 1984). One of the messages is definitely creepy. We hear a deep voice telling Xavier that he can’t hide from him and that he knows where Xavier is going. Who could be after Xavier? What’s he running from?
2. Who attacked Brooke?
Brooke, on the other hand, is running from an actual threat. Just the other day, a man who calls himself the Night Stalker broke into her home to rob her. Brooke bravely attacked back and the Night Stalker ran, but not before telling Brooke that he’ll find her. His name is Richard Ramirez, portrayed here by Zach Villa, and he is based on a real character of the same name who was a serial killer and rapist from 1984-1985. When he was captured, Ramirez was convicted of 13 counts of murder, five attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults, and 14 burglaries.
3. Satanic cults?
Ramirez was definitely able to track Brooke’s location and he is one of the last characters we see in the AHS: 1984 premiere before the episode ends. Will the Night Stalker continue to be featured in the season? Could a satanic cult have a bigger part in the story? We’ll have to tune in to find out!
4. Is Margaret hiding something?
Is Margaret as innocent as she seems? Did she truly simply want to open up Camp Redwood again to replace her frightening memories with happy ones? There’s a vibe she brings that I don’t think I trust. At least, not yet. What do you think she’s hiding, if anything?
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5. Will Mr. Jingles be the biggest threat this season?
I have a feeling Mr. Jingles is only a distraction this season. There’s a bigger threat looming at Camp Redwood. What that is, I don’t know yet. However, Mr. Jingles breaks out and begins his killing spree way too early on this season. For a second, I even believed he was going to be killed. I can’t wait to learn more!
What did you think about the American Horror Story: 1984 premiere? Did you enjoy it? Will you be watching next week? AHS: 1984 premieres Wednesday nights only on FX.