‘AHS: Hotel’ Weekly Wrap Up – “Chutes and Ladders”
By Lynn Sorel
Synopsis: Fashion mogul Will Drake brings couture to the Hotel Cortez. A model catches The Countess’s eye. John learns about the hotel’s sadistic first owner.
Our Thoughts: This week at the hotel picks up with The Countess going out without Donovan.
John once again sees his missing son running around the hotel. Sally strikes up a conversation with him and he talks about a particularly horrific case he had worked on that followed with his son going missing.
In a curious turn, bottles of blood were sent to the police station where John works, addressed from the Hotel Cortez where he is staying.
New host Will Drake hosts a fashion show at the hotel. Model and drug addict Tristan and the Countess share a moment, after which he quits modeling.
Will’s son shows John’s daughter the coffins the vampire children sleep in, when she finds her brother. Tristan tries to leave the hotel and ends up stuck on one of the floors with the deceased James March (Evan Peters).
The Countess turns Tristan into a vampire and takes him as her new lover. She teaches him their ways, such as the fact that they don’t bite, they cut, and whose blood not to drink. Interestingly, she refers to it as a virus at one point. She then dumps Donovan.
John confronts Iris about what is going on in the hotel. She tells the story of rich designer James March who built the hotel in 1925 as a way he could torture and murder people as he pleased. Unfortunately, he doesn’t believe her story or the existence of the supernatural. However, he does recognize the the connection between the serial killer he has been investigating and the murders committed by James March.
I think tonight’s episode explained a lot and propelled the story a lot further than the premiere, which created more questions than it answered in some ways. The story lines are weaving into each other nicely, as they always do on AHS. The James March story was the highlight of the episode for me, and Evan Peters is excellent in his turn as the serial killer for this season, and he’s quite amusing to top it off! The body count is rising fast, between the vampires and the serial killer. Until next week, AHS fans!