AHS Hotel Ten Commandments Killer

AHS: Hotel Recap: The Ten Commandments Killer Is [Spoiler]!

Although this week’s American Horror Story: Hotel at last revealed to John — and us — the identity of the Ten Commandments Killer, cracking the case hardly put the unhinged detective in the mood to celebrate. How come? Read on, and I’ll explain…

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR | Understandably upset in the wake of Wren’s demise, John made a beeline for the Cortez and demanded that Liz take him to the TCK’s hiding place. “I’ll take him there,” Sally said, then led the detective to Room 64 — the very room in which March died. Behind the armoire, John discovered a 10-case display of souvenirs from murders old and recent. How could that be? “No serial killer has a 90-year lull,” he noted. All that time, Sally explained, March had been looking for a successor. And guess what: “It’s you, John. It’s always been you.”

TOTAL RECALL | Utterly wrecked by all of the gory details that he suddenly remembered, John confessed to Hahn, starting with five years ago — the first time that he actually set foot in the Cortez. He’d only been looking for a drink. Instead, Donovan had ushered him upstairs to meet March, who was so impressed by the cop’s “calm indifference” to death that he kept him there, swilling absinthe and discussing his moral outrage for two days. Finally, March had found a worthy successor… if only John lacked the hope that kept him from going over the edge. His solution? Have The Countess kidnap Holden. That oughta do it. (And, as we know, did do it.)

American Horror Story SpoilersAS TEARS GO BY | Following Holden’s abduction, “five years went by like it was yesterday,” John said. And during those five years, the only place that he felt any peace was the Cortez. (Hey, misery does love company.) In time, March showed his protégé to his trophy room and suggested that John free himself of the laws of man and embrace justice. Taking the bait, John murdered pedophile Gamboa with the Oscar that the creep was selling. Afterward, John hanged himself and would have perished, had March not intervened. WTH was Sally doing, just sitting there? the hotelier wanted to know. Furious, he reminded her of their “little arrangement” through which she was protected from the Addiction Demon only so long as it was provided with a steady supply of others on which to feed.

HOW ‘LOWE’ CAN YOU GO? | Before long, John was engaged in a torrid affair with Sally (whom he couldn’t ever remember once he was outside the hotel); picking up March’s Bible-based hobby; and covering his tracks by making sure that he became the lead detective on the TCK case. However, his recklessness was an issue. For instance, upon learning that a worried Alex had had coffee with Hahn to discuss her husband’s erraticism, John wanted to off them immediately. And he probably would have done it, too, if Sally hadn’t suggested a pair of adulterers that he didn’t know as less obvious victims. (Behind every great homicidal maniac, there’s a… ghost junkie?)

ONE DOWN, TWO TO GO | As the hour drew to a close, John killed Hahn for coveting his wife, then returned to the Cortez — for the first time remembering Sally, Iris and its whole cast of crazies. Leave, Iris suggested. You can go, so go — walk away! Rather than follow that sensible advice, John added an eighth item — um, was that Hahn’s johnson? — to his and March’s collection of murder souvenirs. Pleased as punch, March told John that “death is your art” and asked, “What will you do with your talent?” Commit two more murders, John replied. Because really, what else could the answer have been?

So, did you predict that John was the TCK all along? Who do you think his next victims will be? Hit the comments!

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  1. Steve says:

    Even when being revealed as a serial killer John is painfully boring! I had trouble staying awake through this episode, which is a shame because I’ve loved the season so far.

    • Anna says:

      I think because it was so predictable.
      Btw, did I miss the episode where we learned how James March died?

    • abz says:

      Seriously, he’s the worst part of this season for me. I would never have guessed before it started that this season would revolve around his character so much. It’s such a shame considering how underused some of the other talented cast members are. All the complaining over Lady Gaga ruining the show, when she’s actually doing fine in my opinion and the least of the show’s issues. I just want John gone for good.

    • ? says:

      I came here specifically to say this. Most boring episode of what has otherwise been a very solid season. So boring I could hardly get through it.

    • Lynn says:

      Completely agree! It was so obvious that he was the killer throughout the season that this was anticlimactic. I was hoping there would be a great twist with the killer. Actually I think the killer has been the weakest storyline of the season. Love everything else!

    • Murl says:

      Where do we go from here though? Last night was another example of the yearly cheap plot device that they use by glancing over stuff. “Oh thank god, you know now, you remember everything, i was having such a hard time pretending not to know you were the killer” WHAT??? So frustrating. John is a bore, I want more of Countess Elizabeth and Ramona Royale! Lets get good!! Also, when does Emma Roberts show up!!??

  2. Dave says:

    Brilliant episode.

  3. Ellinaras78 says:

    Was thus supposed to be a surprise? Too obvious!!!

  4. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    It was pretty obvious that he’s the killer. John’s a F-in HOT MESS!!

  5. Cory says:

    Probably the most predictable twist in AHS history.

  6. Matt C. says:

    The “twist” was so predictable. But seeing how it all came together was very interesting and unexpected. But I’m excited that next week we’re back to the Countess revenge storyline. I need to see more Angela Bassett, she’s been SO wasted this season (even more so than in Freak Show!)

  7. sokyratis555 says:

    After reading all these comments I really feel that wes Bentley should really be commended. The character sucks but he’s still on point

  8. SarahJ says:

    Yes, yes I did. Way way back at the beginning of the season.

  9. katedfw says:

    Loved this episode! Even though it was pretty much a gone conclusion that John was the TC killer, it was very well told and I loved it! Even seeing flashes of the Addiction Demon was creepy! And Iris, well I just love her!

  10. AnnieM says:

    And we still don’t know what’s up with ppl getting sewn into the mattresses – or is that how this Addiction Demon gets ‘fed’?

  11. Liz B. says:

    If the trophy case wasn’t so important, I would feel like he would make himself the last victim for “Thou shalt not kill.”