This week in American Horror Story, viewers were treated to a couple of startling revelations. Creator Ryan Murphy and actor Zachary Quinto addressed those shocking turns and provided vague hints as to what’s next in a recent interview.
SPOILER ALERT: If you missed this week’s AHS, turn back now.
American HorrorStory fans have come to realize that the show is unique in that it mixes various horror genre tropes into a giant blender and adds a generous dose of real emotion and genuine humanity with each week’s serving. You see familiar horror themes, but the show is special because unlike many other horror entries, it treats its characters with respect and dignity. We care about these characters, and we care about what happens to them.
But when it comes to trope, American Horror Story and season two’s Asylum play with familiar ideas, evidenced in this week’s episode by the reveal of Quinto’s Dr. Oliver Thredson as the serial killer “Bloody Face.” Smart viewers may have noted the similarities between Quinto’s “Bloody Face” and real-life serial killer Ed Gein, Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Leatherface, and according to Murphy, this is on purpose. In fact, “Bloody Face” is a “serial killer that is based on two or three serial killers.”
During a chat with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy said that “there’s three episodes in a row that really get you deep into the mind of this killer and a lot of backstory explanation and a lot of flashbacks that talk about why he is doing what he’s doing and how is society to blame in some regard.”
As far as Sarah Paulson’s now-captive Lana Winters is concerned, “Wait till you see Episodes 8 and 9. I love the construction on it. You won’t believe what happens to her is all I’m going to say,” Murphy said.
When asked by The Huffington Post earlier this week about the modern incarnation of the serial killer “Bloody Face,” Quinto played coy: “I may have an inkling or two, but we’ll let it all unfold as they intend for it to,” adding, “It’s really cool to see how all the stories come together and move toward some kind of resolution, for better or for worse.”
What about the aliens? Are they real or imaginary? Murphy wouldn’t confirm or deny, but gave an interesting clue about their nature: “I think it’s interesting the aliens come after Kit has sex with women. That’s a really good clue. People should look at that. There’s something about that.”
Personally, I’m having trouble believing anything Murphy has to say about American Horror Story (but that’s good, I don’t want to be spoiled too much) but one thing is for sure: I’ll be sitting on the edge of my couch with the TV tuned to FX every Wednesday at 9pm CT to see what happens next.
Are you a fan of American Horror Story? What do you think of Asylum so far?