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Hayden Is as Unhinged as It Gets: If Quinto was this ep's star, then Mara is the shining light of "Part 2." She is brilliant as the dissed and crazy ghost of Ben's past, and she does all kinds of creepy things to freak out Vivien. Think bathtubs, urban legends, phone calls…the whole nine yards.
Tate Gets a Lot More Interesting: Or confusing. Depends on how you look at it. The point is, ghosts pay Tate (Evan Peters) a visit in the next episode and they are pissed for something he did to them. Hmmm, now what could ghosts possibly be angry about?
Ben Is Losing It: He's got a girlfriend haunting him, and he's not even sure that she's dead. He's also got Larry (Denis O'Hare) still up in his grill, and a wife who is being stalked by an ex-lover. We don't blame him for going insane, but through it all, he promises one thing to his wife: "I am not giving up on this family!" Does he keep that promise? Tune in on Sunday to find out.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I think the biggest shock is that Addy is killed off. Why do that?
RYAN MURPHY: Well, I think it was very important to the Jessica Lange character and you’ll see coming up, once her beloved child is taken away, she needs another child in her life, and the question is, Will that be Vivien’s child? And I also love the commentary that the writers came up with that only in death does Jessica Lange and the other characters realize that this girl was beautiful all along and, in fact, a very pretty girl. I love what that says about the world and I thought it was very powerful.
Is Addy definitely gone or will we see her ghost?
No, I think she was dead before she got to the spot.
Why do we only see the gays on Halloween? Why haven’t they popped up yet?
One of the things about the house we’re trying to say is that the house always has sort of a prescient intelligence in that it knows exactly the right moment to send the undead back to f— with the people who live in the house. The house knows what you’re afraid of and will scare you. The house also knows what you need to hear and then will provide it. So the timing of it, it’s almost like what’s going on in these character’s personal lives is what conjures these spirits. Also, in an episode coming up, Jessica Lange has a very long speech explaining the rules of the dead.
Will we find out why people like Moira are stuck living in this limbo?
Yes. If you die on the property, you die in this house, you are condemned to be there for all eternity. You can’t go to the next level of whatever you perceive death and spirituality to be. The house definitely has its own rules, and the evil that is created there is so intense that it does hold the feet of the dead and they’re sort of like slaves to the mythology of it.
Are we going to see Constance’s husband again, since he died in the house?
He does come back, and is having an unexpected affair with somebody in the house. Even in death. He’s a cheatin’ ghost.
So is Vivien’s baby growing faster than a normal baby?
Yes, it is not a normal baby. It’s growing faster than it should, and she’s eating way too much. We explain that actually in the next episode. Vivien starts to eat way too much food and have the world’s most horrible morning sickness and most horrible pregnancy cravings.
From what I gather, “the infantata” is basically a Frankenstein baby? The doctor sewed together the baby parts?
Will see show how he brought those pieces to life?
Yep. Episode 7 concludes the Nora/Dr. Montgomery story.
Will we find out more about Ben’s backstory?
Yeah a little. We learn more about Ben’s childhood. We learn about how he and Hayden got together. What was going on with Vivien and why did he cheat. That is episode 9.
What can you tease about part two of the Halloween episodes?
We find out more about what happened to Tate. Was the high school shooting a fantasy or was it real?
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Whose hands are that under the bed that reach out for Violet? Is that someone new? Or is that the infantata?
RYAN MURPHY: No it’s supposed to be Hayden who is in the house. The clue is the muddy hand.
It seems like there’s some sexual tension between Vivien and Luke — will that progress?
Hmmmm. Hmmmm. I definitely think based on that scene you can see that there is an interesting connection there. And I think women are like, “F— you Dylan McDermott for cheating. Give Connie Britton some time!” Although it’s a very interesting concept: a five or six month pregnant woman who cheats. Although I think he has it coming. We haven’t really resolved that yet or figured out what we’re doing.
A big part of the episode was Tate. Are we to believe the school shooting dream that Tate had was a reality?
And those dead kids are the ones he shot in the high school?
Will we find out his motives for doing that?
Yes. I think this episode introduces those people and the episode that follows we explore more of that.
Basically, I assumed that Tate is also dead but he doesn’t seem to know it. Will that be explained.
Yes you do find out why.
If Larry killed his family in the house, why haven’t we seen them yet?
You will. It’s coming up.
Are Chad and Patrick returning?
Yes they come in two episodes from now in an episode called “Rubber Man.”
Why is Chad so mad?
I think there’s a great sadness that Zach [Quinto] plays to somebody who sort of gave everything to something, be it the house or a relationship, and then it doesn’t turn out to your preconceived notions. I think he plays that frustration well. I also love his connection to Vivien in that he and Vivien are both with sex addicts. So there’s great pain and frustration to loving somebody with that situation and also like, “Why do you stay?” I think he created this world of beauty and comfort and hopefully children in the future and so I like the rage of it.
Was Tate aware that Adelaide was his sister?
How will Constance keep this a secret from him?
Yes I think she will have a lot of explaining to do in upcoming episodes.
So give us a preview of next week’s episode, “Piggy Piggy.”
“Piggy Piggy” is a really fun one for me, it’s also a horrifying one because one of the things the show deals with is the “American horrors” that we deal with in our culture. Certainly, kids and violence is one of them. So the opening is beyond tense and very upsetting where we see the true story of Tate. Then, Eric Stonestreet comes on as a patient who is paralyzed by urban myths and legends like Bloody Mary. It’s a pivotal one in the run of the show. It’s sort of half-way there and we deal with all these questions about Tate that we have been dealing with so I think it’s very momentous. What does he know? What doesn’t he know? Why he did what he did? What does Violet find out about what he did? It’s all that in there.
You just cast Mena Suvari and she’s playing the Black Dahlia from the 1940s?
Is she involved in the flashbacks with Dr. Montgomery?
Yes. The interesting thing about that is there were over 60 people to step forward to say, “I was the killer of the Black Dahlia” so we wanna tell people what really happened to the Black Dahlia. You know it had to do with the f—ed up house!