We re-join Shelby and Dominic who are trapped in the house with the butcher and her clan circling outside. Having murdered Matt last week when she caught him with the witch, Shelby is all but ready to give up until Dominic persuades her to help him get out so they head to the tunnel where they encounter the Chan family who were killed by the butcher years ago. They have no choice but to retreat back to the house.
Meanwhile, Lee is being held by the twisted Polk family who are intent on keeping her alive while they feast on her flesh. Mama Polk leaves her son in charge of Lee who sees she can take advantage of him and she eventually manages to escape – but not before having her ear cut off as a sick Christmas present from one Polk to another.
Back at the house after fighting off the Chans’ and the pigman, Shelby and Dominic barricade themselves into the bathroom where Shelby resigns herself to her fate and takes her own life.
Audrey and Monet are being tortured by the rest of the Polks’ who make a mistake which allows Monet to escape. They go after her while Mama stays with Audrey and continues the torture. Lee comes along and saves her life and Audrey exacts revenge on Mama before the two women make a run for the secret tunnel to the house and Lee finds Matt’s dead and battered body. Finding Shelby’s body Audrey insists she would not have killed herself because she played her for six months and knows her better than she knows herself. Thinking Dominic killed her, they lock him out where he falls prey to the pigman. Fully expecting not to survive, Audrey films what she believes could be her last few moments in the spotlight and, ever the martyr, she tells her fans how she would have given them so many more fantastic performances. Sarah Paulson does a brilliant job at making the viewer’s dislike her.
They stay in the house until morning when they find Dylan - who played the butchers son Ambrose in the documentary - on the doorstep dressed as the pigman. Will he be able to help them escape the terrors of the house and woods or are they all doomed and just don’t know it yet?