"American Horror Story"--"Afterbirth"--Ryan Murphy Wriggled Into That Gimp Suit And F*cked Us. Truthfully? We Liked it.
I'm not going to do a regular recap of this week's finale because you all either saw it or didn't. And I really doubt that if you missed it, anything that I type could capture the messy grandeur. Suffice it to say, the Harmons make better ghosts than they do human beings, Tate broke our hearts. . .again, the Jessica Lange monologues are always worth the price of admission and everything ended on a suitably bloody, creepy note. But, mostly, I want to talk about what Ryan Murphy has planned for next season. Because, as many of you surmised, there's a new family moving in. I'm not talking about something like the Ramones who came, f*cked, nearly got gimp-raped and left in the span of a few days. Murphy said in an interview that next season will be a whole new kettle of fish. Murphy said, "What you saw in the finale was the end of the Harmon house. The second season of the show will be a brand-new home or building to haunt. Just like this year, every season of this show will have a beginning, middle and end. [The second season] won't be in L.A. It will obviously be in America, but in a completely different locale."
Is this game-changing television? I don't know about that, but I do know that the notion of an anthologized series excites the pants off of me. While I'll certainly miss some things (specifically Quinto, Lange and Peters), I'll never have to grow tired of them. Nor will Murphy who, given his track record ("Glee," "Nip/Tuck," "Popular"), really only seems to have one great season in him for any given cast. So, maybe, with all new toys to play with, he'll be able to maintain the level of inventive batshittery and hold our interest for years to come. Also, this allows for completely high-stakes, risky television. Murphy doesn't need to worry about bringing anyone back for another season so when it come to killing them off, he won't hesitate (AHEM, KURT SUTTER.) Later in the interview, Murphy said that the only reason he was able to nab such talented performers in the first place (I'm thinking specifically Lange and O'Hare) is that they only had to commit to one season. He explains the anthologized formula "allows for those who haven't done television to step up and say 'let's do this.' I've been getting a lot of calls from film actors who have wanted to dabble in television but never could figure out how." That's right, start compiling your "AHS" dream casts now. FAASSSS-sorry.
The only odd thing about this whole scheme is that Murphy says we may not have seen the last of some of our favorite "American Horror Story" actors. "Some of them will be coming back. There will be familiar faces and also some new faces. The people that are coming back will be playing completely different characters, creatures, monsters, etc." See, now this I don't like. It muddies the waters. As much as I don't want to say goodbye to Evan Peters (and I don't think I'll have to, that kid is going places), I don't really want to see him playing a new character. If we're talking about the minor actors (e.g. Azure Skye or that fetching Heirloom Security Guard), then I'm less bothered. But, in general, I think Murphy is on to something really great here, and I think a clean break is the best way to go about it. This show could run forever, long after Murphy tires of it. Hell, an ever-changing cast hasn't hurt "Doctor Who." I had so much fun this season, with the show, and with all of you. I'm going to leave you with some holiday gif(t)s. Please feel free to ramble your delight or displeasure in the comments! Merry Gimpmas!