“American Horror Story: Hotel” left off on a cliffhanger Wednesday night when Liz (Denis O’Hare) and Iris (Kathy Bates) barged into the Countess’ (Lady Gaga) suite guns blazing. It appears as if the two women killed the Countess and Donovan (Matt Bomer) – but fans of the FX miniseries won’t be able to find out what happens next until 2016. That’s right, only two episodes remain in Season 5, but right now the show is on hiatus until January.
Episode 11 will premiere on FX on Wednesday, Jan. 6. The upcoming installment, titled “Battle Royale,” will find Ramona (Angela Bassett) back in action – with “vitality from an unlikely source.” Fans will remember that the Countess and Donovan locked her up in the closed off hallway. However, with both of them potentially dead, Iris and Liz might free her. If the Countess is truly dead, will Ramona be able to move on? Or will she still be out for revenge? The promo video teases that we haven’t seen the last of her.
“I need to take a life to bring me back to life,” she says in the video.
But who will that be? The promo also reveals that “American Horror Story” alum Gabourey Sidibe will be guest starring in episode 11.
“Dinner is served,” Iris says when she sees her.
Could Iris be working for Ramona right now? Or is Iris taking charge of Hotel Cortez?
If Iris is attempting to become the new ringleader of the establishment she may have to watch out. The Countess appears in the promo, either revealing that Iris and Liz failed to kill her or that unfinished business brought her back to the hotel.
Meanwhile, “American Horror Story” fans can look forward to seeing Sally’s (Sarah Paulson) story continue to unfold. The synopsis teases that she’ll be using her past to “negotiate her future.”
As for John (Wes Bentley) and Alex (Chloë Sevigny)? They left Hotel Cortez in episode 10 with Holden (Lennon Henry), but they might not have a happy reunion at home with their daughter Scarlett (Shree Crooks). The episode description adds that Scarlett “learns the truth of her family’s affliction.”