American Horror Story: Freak Show has been bringing the scares all season long, but the FX series has something really special in store for Halloween.
Ryan Murphy just couldn’t resist spilling a few spoilers about the two-episode Halloween special, “Edward Mordrake Parts I and II.” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly that the next episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show will delve into the legend of Edward Mordrake, a two-faced man who may or may not have existed during the 19th century.
“Well in ‘American Horror Story’ what we like to do is tackle horror myths and Edward Mordrake is an amazing myth. There are some people who say it’s real and there are photos online that purport to be autopsy photos and there are other people who say it’s not. It’s exploring the story of the Victorian era madman who reportedly was born with another face on the back of his head that would whisper and force the good part of him to do horrible, evil things.”
Edward Mordrake will be played by The Hunger Games star Wes Bentley, and TV Line delved a little more into the freak show lore surrounding the creepy two-faced character. From the sounds of it, Murphy has turned Mordrake into a Bloody Mary-style urban legend. Some performers in Jessica Lange’s carnival believe that working on Halloween night is dangerous because “your songs will summon Edward, who will come and drag one of you down to hell.” Jessica Lange will be singing a Lana Del Rey song in one of the American Horror Story Halloween episodes, so Ethel Mars might be responsible for summoning the mysterious character.
It has also been revealed that Mordrake has a connection to Kathy Bates’ bearded lady. According to TV Line, Edward is a “dark tormentor from Kathy Bates’ past who is hell-bent on revenge.” This makes it pretty obvious that Edward Mordrake isn’t just a myth on American Horror Story: Freak Show.
“Edward Mordrake Part II” will feature the origin story of Twisty the clown, and a 15-minute segment will reveal how the bloodthirsty entertainer lost his jaw. Like the twisted Mordrake tale, Twisty’s back story is also based on an urban legend. Ryan Murphy talked about Twisty the clown’s origins during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“There’s a big story that explains the clown and what he’s doing that’s based on an urban myth we uncovered. Our take is very unusual.”
The next episodes will also explore Dandy’s “friendship” with Twisty. The spoiled rich brat who enjoys mutilating cats is going to start rocking his own clown costume, and he could prove to be even more twisted than Twisty. Ryan Murphy says that Dandy sees his maniacal mentor as “a rock star.” Viewers will also learn a “family secret” that explains why Dandy’s mother is so indulgent.
A preview for the next episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show appears to show conjoined twins Bette and Dot undergoing surgery. Murphy wouldn’t reveal exactly what was happening in that scene, but he did say that it was inspired by the true story of the Brodie twins, conjoined brothers who fascinated the American public in 1952.
“For the first time it seemed that conjoined twins could be separated,” Murphy said. “So that’s an interesting dilemma for the season: what do you do if you’re a conjoined twin and one twin wants surgery and the other doesn’t. The surgery back then basically said we have to sacrifice one in order for the other one to live.”
Emma Roberts and Denis O’Hare will also pop up in next week’s episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show as a couple of con artists, and Roberts’ fortune teller character could play a part in driving Bette and Dot further apart. According to E! News, Roberts will be playing Evan Peters’ love interest, which is something that probably won’t sit well with smitten Dot. Murphy also pointed out that things could get awkward because Bette doesn’t share Dot’s feelings for Lobster Boy Jimmy Darling.
“So think about, what do you do? Do you accept it, do you try to kill them?” Ryan said of Bette’s predicament.
Denis O’Hare’s character will have an astonishing physical attribute: a 13-inch penis. Unfortunately, Ryan Murphy remained tight-lipped about how this “freakish gift” will play into the plot of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
The two-part American Horror Story: Freak Show Halloween special will air October 22 and 29 on FX.
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