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Scream Queens Season Finale

Scream Queens' Other Red Devil Talks [Spoiler]'s Reign of Terror at Kappa

Warning: The following Q&A contains major spoilers for the Scream Queens season finale. If you haven’t watched, turn back now.

A few words of advice to all future Kappa Kappa Tau sisters: When a serial killer starts terrorizing your campus, you should definitely turn a suspicious eye on the sorority member who’s obsessed with death.

In the second hour of Tuesday’s two-part Scream Queens finale, Lea Michele‘s Hester was revealed to be the other baby in the bathtub and the mastermind behind Wallace University’s Red Devil killings. (For a full recap of the season ender, click here.)

And if you were among the viewers gasping at Tuesday’s big reveal, you’re in good company. Michele herself was shocked to learn her macabre-loving character was the culprit, a discovery she made while reading the script for the finale.

“I really wasn’t thinking I was the killer at all,” Michele tells TVLine. “Having a relationship with [co-creators] Ryan [Murphy] and Brad [Falchuk] and Ian [Brennan] for so many years, I really thought they would’ve told me. So the fact that they didn’t tell me anything made me think, ‘OK, I must not be the killer then.’ But they didn’t say a word! It was so crazy to me.”

Below, Michele reveals to TVLine the characters she suspected were behind the Red Devil mask, the perils of filming the season finale and what it has been like to play the antithesis of Rachel Berry.

TVLINE | When did you find out you were the killer?
I found out when I got the final script. I had no idea leading up to it. I just read the final script and when she says, “It was me all along,” I just went, “Oh. My. God.” I was really excited and, moreso, happy to know that she got away with it.

TVLINE | There was a recent episode when you got pushed down the stairs, and we assumed you were dead for at least a while. Was that a situation where you had to go to Ryan Murphy and say, “Am I off the show?!”
Oh my God, of course. The minute I got pushed down the stairs, I called Ryan and was like, “Am I dead?” And he said no, and I was like, “Thank God.” I didn’t want to die. I wanted to stay on the show, and obviously was having the most incredible time. Every time something happened, like with the shoe [through Hester’s eye] or falling down the stairs or finding out that I was the killer, Ryan certainly got a text or a call from me.

Scream Queens Season FinaleTVLINE | Were you suspicious of any other characters before you found out it was you — maybe even Hester herself?
I definitely thought it was either Skyler [Samuels’ Grace] or Oliver Hudson[’s Wes]. But I guess I was wrong. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Grace did seem so innocent. I suspected it was her for quite a while.
They both did — this wholesome, father/daughter thing. But Wes did seem a little off to me. He’s not really the most model father, so I thought there was something to that.

TVLINE | How often did you play Hester as though she was the killer, even though you couldn’t know for sure?
Moreso not. We always just played it [straight], and then occasionally, they would say, “OK, now say that line like you’re the killer, or do this scene a little bit more evil.” They really only told me to do that twice. I really just played it more like I was obsessed with Chanel, I was obsessed with Kappa and just happy to be there.

TVLINE | Let’s talk about filming the finale. You have so much dialogue, especially in the scene when the Chanels get arrested.
I don’t even want to think about that! [Laughs]

TVLINE | How long did that particular scene take to film?
That was hard. That scene was so big, we had to take two days to shoot it. I had a fever of 102, I was so sick and it was so late at night. I was just like, “Everybody bear with me.” And I really pride myself on being good with my lines, but this was a lot because it was all facts. You really couldn’t ad-lib or go outside the box at all. But I think I did a pretty good job, and Brad said, “Just pretend you’re a lawyer. You’re a lawyer stating your case.” It took a while to memorize everything, and it was certainly not the easiest day of filming, but I was so happy when that was done. That wasn’t the last day of filming, but that felt like the last day of filming. [Laughs] I went home and drank half a bottle of wine with my mother. I was so happy.

TVLINE | The scene with you and Jamie Lee Curtis at the end is so fun, when they both know each other’s big secrets. Did you guys rehearse that before filming?
No, and that was another tough one, because we were literally in the center of the Tulane [University] campus. We had probably 100 kids surrounding us while we were filming this very important scene, and I was just like, “I don’t want them to hear what I’m saying. What if they hear me tell her that I’m the killer?” And then on top of that, it’s Jamie f—king Lee Curtis. That was one of those moments in life where I tried to take a mental picture and remember it forever, because it was such an incredible honor. And it really was such a smart scene in that it’s nose-to-nose, super-intense and then, out of nowhere, “OK, see ya! Bye!”

TVLINE | When you first signed on to Scream Queens, you were all about making a departure from Glee’s Rachel Berry. Did you get from this experience what you wanted to?
I think so! [Laughs] Once you tell someone to attack your crack, William McKinley High kind of went that way. [Gestures out the window]

TVLINE | And yet, there are some similarities between Rachel and Hester, in that they’re so driven toward their goals — even if one of those goals is killing people.
I tried very hard, with everything from the way I did my hair and my makeup and what I wore — literally, if it was a pair of shoes that were similar to something Rachel wore, I would not wear them. I worked with the same wardrobe and same hair and makeup people as Glee, so we were able to really make sure that it was very, very different. There is that sense of determination, but at the end of the day, Hester is literally on another planet.

Scream Queens fans, did you have Hester pinned as the killer all along? If not, who did you suspect? Hit the comments with all your finale thoughts!

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  1. j says:

    I thought she was great. Knowing she got away with it makes me a little excited because if there’s a season two, I’m sure she’ll be back! She was my favorite throughout the season. I am feeling as though since the Chanel’s are in the asylum, if there’s a season two, they won’t be back

    • iPortman says:

      I loved her too… And, I knew she was the killer from the trailer… Well, I *thought* she was, at least. My comment from May:

      iPortman says:
      May 19, 2015 at 3:37 PM
      *POSSIBLE SPOILER (If I am right… Which I am probably not… So this probably isn’t and actually spoiler)…
      Lea Michele is the killer! I’m sure of it. She is far too big of a star to have a random supporting role… Also, the whole ‘neck brace’ thing is WAAAYYY too obvious as a means to subvert suspicion!

  2. Roki says:

    Predictable or not, she did a great job playing hester. I think not everyone could pull the campiness and the ridiculousness of a ryan murphy show as good as michele. That being said, i hope she will take a break from ryan murphy show for once and try something new and different

  3. ClubRules says:

    She was amazing! I’m still laughing at the ‘okay bye’ ending of such an intense scene with the Dean. If there is season 2, I really hope she does come back! Hester might be insane. But at least she’s a funny and very smart insane person.

  4. Tina Fey says:

    Fantastic ending! Never suspected her as the other killer! Kind of wish Ryan Murphy would actually stick to what he said repeatedly during interviews…that only 3-4 people would survive. I was expecting a total bloodbath tonight!!!

  5. peterwdawson says:

    Is it really that shocking? She had a creepy obsession with death and seemed unlikely due to her spinal issues. We got a good idea of how devious she was with her attempts to manipulate the Kappas. It was really one of the only choices that made sense.

    • catra7945 says:

      While that’s true, throughout the series she just screamed red herring. Especially with the need for major twists in this day and age. Honestly it would have been less obvious if Zayday had been the killer, because no one would believe Denise Hempsfield Security Officer/chief of police was right all along. So the best twist of all was having the killer be the most obvious, red herring of a character from the beginning.

    • sorude says:

      As shocking as anyone everyone at some point was made to look like the killer.

  6. sorude says:

    Long Live Hester. I thought Lea did a great job. I would have been fine with a few more people being offed like Grace and Wes but that is ok. It was fun and nothing to take to seriously.

  7. BrittBrat says:

    What was Dean’s secret? I don’t remember.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I have to admit I was disappointed. I was expecting more of an 80s slasher twist. Maybe not as far out there as Sleepaway Camp, but at least something. Hester as the killer doesn’t even make sense. She spared Zayday and Grace b/c they were “nice” (and maybe b/c Grace is her 1/2 sister) but she killed all of the other pledges who were nice to her. She had no issues killing Chanel #2, but she kept the other Chanel’s alive. She and her brother killed more DDS’s than Kappas which really doesn’t make sense at all if they were out for revenge.

  9. tallsy says:

    Terrible ending to a terrible series. No surprise that they didn’t decide the killer until the final script.

  10. Steven says:

    I loved the show and how over the top it was, but that ending was so disappointing that I hope it doesn’t come back.

  11. robandco says:

    I agree that that scene where she framed everyone was intense, but her diction was perfect and her acting was on point.
    But I don’t think they did a pretty great job at making me forget she was (is) Rachel Berry. Because season 1 Rachel was really insane and very hester-like.

  12. Lorna says:

    So Chanels father disowns her and the other lies about her being their bioligical child bc they hate her? And who dies Grace think the bathtub baby is now? Or she knows it is Hester but thinks Hester is innocent. What a stupid morive for revenge on Gigi and the killers part. No s2 for me.

  13. Matt says:

    Well, there was a part of me who first thought there was no way Ryan would cast her as the killer. But of course he did…he trusted her to do the role justice. And she nailed it. Also he knew it was the role she needed after Glee. Lea is his girl and it makes sense.