The following article contains spoilers pertaining to the Dec. 16 episode of American Horror Story: Hotel, "She Gets Revenge." If you would like to know who got said revenge, read on. If not, please be on your way.
American Horror Story: Hotel is well-known for its matriarchal system: The Countess (Lady Gaga) runs everything, delegating smaller tasks to the other women in her life while using the males for romance and sex. It's a sweet deal she's got.
That is, until she makes the mistake of murdering Liz Taylor's (Denis O'Hare) one true love, Tristan (Finn Wittrock). Elizabeth saw it as a passing fling and, wild with jealously and possession, took his life several episodes back. Liz, however, does not forget — we've seen her blatant aggression and unadulterated annoyance toward The Countess in every episode since.
What we did not anticipate was Liz and Iris (Kathy Bates) barreling into Elizabeth and Donovan's room, guns a blazin'. Put clearly, to the best of our present knowledge, The Countess and Donovan are now bullet-ridden and very dunzo.
It was Liz, after all, who got her revenge.
But what does a world post-Countess look like?
"She Gets Revenge" also gives us a first glance at Liz's life pre-Liz, as she attempts to get in touch with the son she abandoned after transitioning to female. Perhaps in the coming episodes, we'll learn more about this life. But what will be even more fascinating is whether The Countess can maintain control of the Cortez in ghost form — because now more than ever, the lady's got unfinished business.
Also strange and notable, Donovan uses his triumphant eradication of Elizabeth's long-lost/recently returned lover, Rudolph Valentino (also Finn Wittrock), as reason to celebrate, dancing solo to Drake's "Hotline Bling."
"Dying is the only way you’ll let me love you," he tells her.
So that happened. A tearful Elizabeth is just about to wreak angry havoc on him when Liz and Iris blow the place up.
We have only two more episodes left of this season, the finale scheduled to air on January 13.
Let's see how much trouble ghost-Gaga can drum up before we say goodbye to the Cortez.