Ten Highlights of American Horror Story Freak Show Episode 2 Post-Mortem With Ryan Murphy – SPOILERS

Screen shot 2014-10-23 at 8.05.37 AM“Monsters and Matinees” (great title) would not fit in the title bar for this piece, but EW.com did a great post-mortem with Murphy, which you can read about here. Rather than re-blog, we thought we’d give you ten highlights of the Tim Stack interview on EW.com (and there’s more still in the actual EW.com piece, which we highly recommend).

Murphy (who we will refer to in the remainder of this article, as “RM” for brevity’s sake) goes over some of the happenings in Episode 4.2, teases about future episode (to the point that he lets a few items that might be considered SPOILERS slip, so read with caution), and (accidentally, we hope) kind of insults the audience. We’ll try not to take it too personally. Remember, beware if you have not watched “Monsters and Matinees” yet!


1. RM is not surprised that a bunch of clown advocate groups/clown organizations are offended and complaining about portraying a clown in a negative light. He says as soon as he saw “Twisty” in full makeup and costume, people were going to upset either because of the above, or because he’s too scary. “I think we’ve tapped into a phobia that is pretty powerful.”

2.  He IS surprised, however, at Dandy being popular with many fans (so are we). To that, he graciously credits Finn Whitrock’s likeability, Screen shot 2014-10-13 at 8.32.17 AM 3.  RM says that there is a family secret between Dandy and Gloria Mott, and we’ll learn more in the next few episodes. It helps explains their very weird family dynamic (and no, Gloria does not have any kind of narcotics in her system causing her to be so loopy and delusional).

4.  This is an interesting one: RM says that if Jimmy hadn’t been so mean to Dandy (oh, boo-hoo, poor baby) when he first went to the Freak Show and asked to be part of it, Dandy might not have turned murderous (apparently all the neighborhood cats and dogs he tortured and killed don’t count, even though that is textbook Serial Killer Child Development 101). Here’s the quote from the piece straight from RM: I sort of think that if the freak show would have accepted him and he would have had an outlet I don’t think he would become what he’s going to become. So I think that Evan’s character is partially responsible for what’s going to happen in a weird way.

5. Also, if we hadn’t figured it out yet, Twisty the Clown is “like a rock star” to Dandy; Dandy thinks he’s a rebel and he sees Twisty as a fellow rebel. Screen shot 2014-10-23 at 8.08.01 AM 6. Dell knows Jimmy Darling is his son, but Jimmy doesn’t know Dell is his father (probably for the best right now, in our opinion).  RM was worried that Michael Chiklis wouldn’t be interested in the part of Dell, since Chiklis played a tough guy for so long when he starred as Vic Mackey on The Shield. However, he was interested in the role because Del has a vulnerable side. RM says that they “will write and explore” that Del seems to like masculine women; Ethel has a beard and Désirée has a penis (along with her female equipment).

7. Elsa’s jealousy due to Bette and Dot being the headliners (so to speak) of the show now is definitely going to carry through the future episodes. RM: “When [Elsa] sees the number and sees that they actually have talent, I think she’s wildly intimidated because she wants to be the number one bitch on the lot”.  The dynamic of the three (counting Bette and Dot as two) will have them “fighting for the spotlight” later on. Screen shot 2014-10-23 at 8.05.14 AM 8. In “Edward Mondrake Part Two”, the second half of the Halloween episode to be aired next week, we will see Twisty’s entire ‘origin story’, and 15 minutes of the show–an entire act– will focus only on him. The act will take us back 40 years into Twisty’s past. Our prediction: all he wanted was to be a clown and entertain kids, but at some point he tried to commit suicide with a shotgun and botched the job, blowing off his lower jaw instead. He couldn’t entertain small children any more because he looked so horrifying, so he went insane.  He did see him give the little boy a wind-up toy robot (though he got pissed when the kid wasn’t happy about it and shoved a severed head at him instead).

9. Denis O’Hare’s character has a 13-inch penis.

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10. So far, according to RM, no one has guessed the theme of Season Five of American Horror Story. Many people are positive Season 5 will take place in space, but (thank God) RM says absolutely not; then the show would turn into ‘Intergalactic Horror Story’ instead of “American Horror Story”. Again, click here to read the entire EW.com exclusive piece! Screen shot 2014-10-23 at 8.05.00 AM

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