We did see it …but it took us a couple of days to realize that it was in the preview only, and not the episode. Because I was lucky enough to hit “pause” at the exact right moment on the You Tube promo, the image (also above) doesn’t exactly look subtle at first glance:It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot, but if you’re looking for it, you can catch it in the You Tube promo below (at approximately 14 seconds in):
Okay, so pretty cool-looking, right? Here’s the thing: it’s not in the actual episode that aired on October 23rd. All you see is the curtains bursting into angry, spreading flames, and then this shot of Madison Montgomery:
If if you’ve seen the episode, you know what happens to Madison in the last 30 seconds of “The Replacements”: Fiona cuts her throat, and the movie-star witch (who may or may not have been the new Supreme to replace Fiona) crumples to the ground, landing on a rug (that now needs its own replacement), apparently dead. I say “apparently dead” because …well, if you’re an American Horror Story fan, you know people and things we were positive were dead–and some officially pronounced dead and awaiting burial–have a way or returning when and how you least expect it.
Just a fun little subliminal message, or a ‘Easter Egg‘, from Ryan Murphy and Co.? We’re sure it is. Will it be repeated in future previews to clue in careful watchers to an upcoming death? We’re pretty sure it won’t. I’m pretty sure at least one person is going to be killed in “Fearful Pranks Ensue”, the Halloween episode airing Wednesday the 30th, and there’s nothing even close to it in the preview for the new episode. No skulls, anyway. We’ll sure as hell be keeping a sharp eye out, though!
By the way, we heard from someone who has seen the Halloween-themed upcoming episode (less than 24 hours away) and it is supposed to be f*cking EPIC even by American Horror Story standards! We usually try not to get our hopes up when we hear things like this, but on this one? We’re not going to even bother trying, because we know it won’t be disappointing …in fact, we’re counting on it blowing us away! Even though E05 is titled, “Burn Witch Burn”, Ryan Murphy has referred to the next two episodes as a “Halloween two-parter.” Here’s the synopsis from NEXT week’s episode (and it does sound like a two-parter, I’m sure with various insane cliffhangers that make all of us scream in frustration)
BEGIN KICK-ASS SPOILER (SEMI-SPOILER, ANYWAY) FOR AHS COVEN EPISODE FIVE, “BURN WITCH BURN” SYNOPSIS! WARNING! SPOILER ALERT!
END (SEMI) SPOILER FOR “BURN WITCH BURN”, EPISODE 5 OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY COVEN
So did you catch the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it flash in the preview for ‘The Replacements’, or not notice it until we pointed it out?
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