Tate. You twisted adorable psychopath you. Tonight, American Horror Story gave us all a reason to fear Tate. For real. He’s been a very bad boy, as we finally see the entirety of Tate’s past and present. However, this revelation also resulted in a multitude of new questions for us to maul over until next week’s episode. It is interesting to see how this disturbing revelation affects Violet. Meanwhile, her mother Vivien, now liberated to have her horn-dog husband out of the house, is discovering just how raw her pregnancy experience will be. Apparently she’ll be giving birth to the devil himself, reborn. Constance contacts Addie, and Ben tries his best to help a new patient fixated on his own foolish personal fears, which in the end, lead to his brutal demise. Tonight’s episode was the most terrifying, suspenseful, and most violent yet. All whole also telling a great story…
We know Tate (Evan Peters) is a psychopath, but the creators took it to a whole other level with the disturbing reveal flashback to 1994, as the we viewers got the chance to witness one of the most distressing and suspenseful school shooting scenes I’ve ever seen on television. He wasn’t sporting any skull makeup, but he was still frightening as ever. We watched Tate menacingly stalk his classmates in the library until he shot all of them point-blank and dead. Crazy! So what is so wrong with this young man? And why does he not remember that Constance is his mother? These questions are still up in the air. Tate’s return back home (being at the Harmon’s home at that time), he is met with a SWAT team, and he meets a brutal untimely death. It was tragic and terrifying, and somewhat poetic all at the same time. How does this affect Violet? Tate is for sure a dead ghost…What does this do to her psychologically?
In the present, Violet is learning the truth about the boy she was so close to giving up her innocence to, and starts to loose it. “The darkness has me”. That is not a sentence you want uttered from your daughter. And Ben simply hugs it out, and that’s that? And when did Violet become so weak whining to her mother and father, when a few episodes ago, she was ready to take out a couple of home invaders? It was a bit of an abrupt change for me. This was a problem, but as the episode went along, with the pill popping and daydreaming of slitting her own throat, it helped the story along, although in not the most organic way. I love the bond Tate has built with Violet, and the end of the episode definitely showed that he cares. Even a psychopath has feelings, even if it is just being for one particular person. Still, Tate and Violet forever! Although I feel like all the fear and confusion will get to her sooner or later. Tate is such a lost puppy. He has no idea of his horrible deeds or even that he is dead, but is fixed puerly on keeping Violet. It is very romantic in a dark and twisted sort of way. It confirms that the Harmon house definitely makes people do horrible things…
Vivien and Ben are still at a crossroads, and it doesn’t help that Ben is still seeing patients in the house, particularly this week’s special patient played by Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet. His character has an obsession with his own personal fears which the house plays off of. But in the end, it isn’t the Pig Man or any other ridiculous urban myth that takes him out. I found it (darkly) hilarious and appropriately ironic that this character met his demise by coming in on simple robbery gone wrong. Never trust a shut shower curtain. They’re evil. It gave a little depth to the series. And Ben being one of the worst TV psychiatrists I have ever seen, well you can’t say you didn’t see it coming.
Vivien may be starting an affair of her own pretty soon, with how much she keeps calling security officer, Luke (Morris Chestnut) over her house for the smallest reasons. Subconscious urges, maybe? When a harmless house call evolves into a semi-intimate coffee house date, you know something is up. I feel as though she is subconsciously trying to get back at Ben for his affair. It’s a bit ridiculous how Ben can sense it, but Vivien had no idea of his affairs until it was right in her face. She is more and more coming off as a clueless, naïve housewife that goes along with eating lots of raw pig parts, which are apparently for the baby, whom is apparently Satan. God, how bad of a female character is this woman? I hope the writers do something about this soon, because it’s getting a bit ridiculous.
Constance gets in touch with a medium, named Billie Dean (Sarah Paulson) in order to say her last words to her now dead daughter, Addie, whom I honestly miss already. She had a special charm about her, and I wish she had stuck around a bit longer. However, this storyline is bringing more character development for Constance and also for Tate. I’m wondering how Addie and this medium will affect Constance’s actions with her estranged son from now on.
The episode as great at answering some looming questions as it was, also gave us more to ponder: Is Vivien’s baby in danger or is it a danger to her? Will Tate and Violet’s relationship survive the horrors of the house? Where is Ben staying? Where the hell is the Gimp/Rubber-man? I miss him! 5 out of 5 stars!
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