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Will Drake's renovations uncover one of the hotel's greatest secrets; John undergoes psychiatric evaluation; The Countess learns the fate of her first love.


Michael Goi


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathy Bates ... Iris
Sarah Paulson ... Sally McKenna (credit only)
Evan Peters ... James March
Wes Bentley ... John Lowe
Matt Bomer ... Donovan (credit only)
Chloë Sevigny ... Dr. Alex Lowe
Denis O'Hare ... Liz Taylor (credit only)
Cheyenne Jackson ... Will Drake
Angela Bassett ... Ramona Royale (credit only)
Lady Gaga ... The Countess
Finn Wittrock ... Rudolph Valentino
Mare Winningham ... Hazel Evers
Christine Estabrook ... Marcy
Richard T. Jones ... Detective Andy Hahn
Alexandra Daddario ... Natacha Rambova


Will Drake's renovations uncover one of the hotel's greatest secrets; John undergoes psychiatric evaluation; The Countess learns the fate of her first love.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

18 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Lady Gaga's character, The Countess, is lovers with both Donovan and Natacha, played by Matt Bomer and Alexandra Daddario respectively. Matt Bomer and Alexandra previously played lovers together in White Collar (2009). See more »


Mr March imprisons Rudolph Valentino and Natacha Rambova in his hotel shortly after Valentinos supposed death in 1926. In reality, Rambova lived another forty years, and remarried in the 1930s. See more »


Natacha Rambova: The body in that crypt isn't Rudy.
Rudolph Valentino: It's my stunt double, George Fiske. Always so loyal.
Natacha Rambova: Even in death.
Rudolph Valentino: To be clear, I did do most of my own stunts.
Natacha Rambova: Just not this one.
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References Nosferatu (1922) See more »


La canzone dell'amore
Written by Bruno Cherubini and Cesare A. Bixio
Performed by Beniamino Gigli
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As a viewer, I am insulted...
18 November 2015 | by Jac23443See all my reviews

The first and second season were the most incredible pieces of work that I have ever watched on television involving horror. They were gritty, witty, psychologically twisted, the characters were interesting and the episodes were well-written. These past two seasons have taken everything enjoyable about Horror Story and turned the show into something that can only be described as weird and unentertaining.

If you disagree with my opinion that is fine, we all have different takes and an abundance of different tastes in certain genres. But to be honest, this episode is an insult to its audience, I honestly do not know how else to put it. This show used to be scary, interesting and weird but balanced each of those things with believable scenarios which is why the first two seasons will possibly always be the top seasons of the show.

American Horror Story: HOTEL, has to be the most pathetic season yet. The fourth one, I thought was it for me because the characters were horrific, in the sense that it was terrifying to hear bad accents and horrible back stories, but this season takes the cake... do the characters ever leave that stinking hotel?! A marriage in the same stinking hotel, Patrick March married Lady Gaga's character??? What? "The next time you kill a guy, I wanna watch," Lady Gaga said to Patrick March, where was her character during the backstory of Patrick March just a couple episodes back watching Patrick as he slayed people? Can you spell plot hole? Also, Finn Wittrock reused as Valentino, nope its his stunt double, the real guy is actually now a vampire, can you comprehend now how silly and unbelievably poorly written this is?! Also reusing actors as two different characters, just an awful idea.

Does this show even have direction, there doesn't appear to be a cohesive storyline that can be deduced from the overabundance of character subplots, and to me the only interesting one is the Ten Commandments killer, yet it seems that plot is taking a rather predictable twist that maybe John Lowe is the killer?

Also, where in the world is the police intervention, you have John Lowe who is a detective, but many characters have been murdered in the openings of many episodes yet no police intervention, the people go missing and no one comes looking for them? I guess, the extras were written in to be taken out, which once again just shows me how pathetically poorly thought out this season was. This season, in my opinion has brought the value of the show down immensely... and I would not be surprised if the show loses fans with the debut of the next season. There is just too much going on and too much of it makes no sense.

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