Well, that was a bummer.
If you haven’t seen last night’s “Edward Mordrake: Part 2,” back on out, because major spoilers follow. After three weeks of a mostly silent Twisty, our favorite clown finally spoke. I don’t know about y’all, but I prefer a strong, silent killer clown.
As squicky as this show can get, I was still surprised at how affecting Twisty’s tale of mean dwarves and freaks was, though for a moment I did wonder if I’d been manipulated into falling for a pedophile. Thank goodness my fellow viewers were there to talk me down; that delicious Edward Mordrake took away our clown because Twisty just couldn’t admit the blackness in his murderous heart. But in killing off Freak Show’s most interesting character so soon, I’m a little worried about where we’ve been left.
As usual, Jessica Lange’s performance was pretty glorious. Elsa’s ham-fisted, intended über-shocking backstory — less so. There are easily identifiable AHS Murph-ilations that just go flat, and between this segment and the sappy Jimmy-saved-the-town scene, I felt like my time would have been better spent rummaging the fridge for snacks or taking a pee break.
Thankfully we were spared any musical numbers, and suffered no more than a fleeting Bette/Dot glimpse. AHS’s strengths lie with its darkest characters; Dandy, Mordrake and Dell Toledo (and sadly, it seems like the fantabulous Wes Bentley is also gone). I’ll say this: Finn Wittrock’s excellent Dandy portrayal may save this thing yet. Did you see his eyes when he put on Twisty’s mask? And when the camera honed in on Wittrock’s brilliant parade of expressions that crossed as the power of killing Dora overtook Dandy — that was Oscar (never mind Emmy) material, right there.
“Handsome-face” Mat Fraser’s Paul was also in great form last night. Of the backstories, his was the one that really got to me.
RIP Twisty…and Dora.
And now, 3 Truths and a Lie: AHS Casting Edition. You’ve no doubt played this game before, but just in case it’s not obvious, three of these casting tidbits are true, and one is a lie. Without cheating (Google, asking your casting agent mother), guess which is the lie. I’ll white out the answer below.
1. Lily Rabe is returning to AHS, *and* reprising her Asylum Sister Mary Eunice role.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow (who is dating Brad Falchuk) will guest star as a vampy showgirl who clashes with Jessica Lange’s Elsa.
3. Neil Patrick Harris will guest star as a chameleon salesman.
4. Neil Patrick Harris’ husband, David Burtka will guest star in a sexy finale scene with Lange’s Elsa.
3 Truths and a Lie answer (swipe ahead to see): #1, 3, and 4 are true. #2 is —for now — a lie, though the dating part is true and Goop has made her desire to appear known. YAK.