You watched the season premiere of FX’s American Horror Story (airing Wednesday at 10/9c), and now you want answers! Well, good luck with that. Here at TVLine, we’re three episodes into this creepy creation of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s, and you can rest assured that the next two installments will only introduce new mysteries, cast doubt on certain realities, and possibly land the show’s logo next to “Twisted” in the next Merriam-Webster dictionary.
That said, we rounded up a handful of burning (sorry, Larry) questions and dug up (sorry, Moira) some answers… or in some instances, quotes that bear a resemblance to answers.
WHY DON’T THE HARMONS JUST, LIKE, MOVE? | This question looms especially large after the events of this week’s episode, which, titled “Home Invasion,” prompts at least one character to finally broach the duh! topic. Frances Conroy, who plays (the older incarnation of) housekeeper Moira, has the theory that “this house demands people answer for what is going on inside them. I think it even brought them to buy the house.” We’ll have more on that in a moment, but for now watch for the prospect of packing to be nipped and tucked away in Episode 3.
WERE THE HARMONS FATED TO INHABIT THIS HOUSE? | At Horror Story‘s August TCA session, Murphy said that the randomness (…or not) of the Harmons’ relocation would be addressed a few episodes in, but TVLine has since learned that question will in fact not be touched on until after midseason. For now, let’s just say that the house has something it desperately wants (needs?) from its inhabitants.
WILL EVERY EPISODE BE AS MANIC AS THE PILOT? | Heck, is that even possible? Murphy says to expect a mix of tempos. “Our two-part Halloween episodes… feel very similar to the scares of the pilot,” he says. “But then there’s an episode we’re doing about the haunting of the various characters that is much more slow and sort of melodic and not so startling.”
WHY DOES MOIRA APPEAR TO BEN AS THE SULTRY, GARTER-SNAPPING ALEXANDRA BRECKENRIDGE? (NOT THAT WE’RE COMPLAINING) | Meanwhile, (almost) everyone else sees the Six Feet Under mom. The disparity, Conroy tells us, “is very revealing about Dylan [McDermott]’s character, where his mind and his soul are centered. He has a deep conflict that this house is revealing and forcing him to come to terms with. That’s why his perception of Moira is much different than anybody else’s.”
WHAT DID NOSY NEIGHBOR CONSTANCE MEAN WHEN SHE WARNED MOIRA, ‘DON’T MAKE ME KILL YOU AGAIN’? (AGAIN?!) | “There was a decisive moment between these two characters, yes,” Conroy hints. “They’ve known one another a long time, so there is a certain intimacy and history there.” Watch for Episode 3 to shed more light on that murderous mystery.
SPEAKING OF WHICH: WHAT BRINGS OSCAR WINNER JESSICA LANGE TO A SERIES-REGULAR TV GIG? | Lange says that American actors, more than ever, are loath to put themselves in a film, TV or stage “box.” “So when this came up, I thought, ‘Well, here is great writing, a wonderful character, and something very unusual….’ I had a couple phone conversations with Ryan [Murphy], and I’d never had a man promise me so much!”
HAS DENIS O’HARE BEEN BURNED BY THE RIGORS OF APPEARING DISFIGURED? | To play “Larry the Burn Guy,” one of the house’s previous owners, “I don’t mind the [three-hour application of] make-up,” the True Blood alum insists. “I’m kind of a Method actor, so it gets me where I need to be. I’m all for it.”
Watch a Safe-ish For Work preview of Episode 2 here, then read on for more burning questions….
IS BEN’S DAMNING MARITAL AFFAIR ALL BEHIND HIM? | Ha, were it so easy. 24 alum Kate Mara is about to resurface, bad penny-style, as the comely, slightly crazy co-ed he canoodled with – and she very well may be rarin’ for more attention.
WHAT’S REAL? WHAT ISN’T? (WILL WE GET ANSWERS?) | You’ll be posing those three Qs even more loudly after the next two installments, which feature black-outs, a disappearing [spoiler] and even an appearance by [spoiler]. Murphy says that “by the third episode, sort of all of the big mysteries are settled,” including the matter of the two Moiras and their attachment to (or imprisonment by?) the house. “Then, the audience can just be along for the ride.”
AT THE END OF SEASON 1, WILL WE COLLECTIVELY SAY, “A-HA! SO THAT’S WHAT THIS WAS REALLY ABOUT”? | Meaning, is there some larger, deeper theme behind all the spooky, freaky what-not? “We do know where it’s going, and we do know what that great last episode is,” Murphy assures. “It’s very unexpected and exciting.”
WILL A NEW SEASON BRING A NEW CAST? | Months ago the talk was that Horror Story would rotate its ensemble with every run of episodes, if successful. Now, though, Murphy says that is “not necessarily true…. We’re keeping that open.”
IS ADMITTED FRIGHT FILM-PHOBE CONNIE BRITTON TUNING IN FOR HER OWN HORROR STORY? | Britton says that in the same way she gave Friday Night Lights a whirl despite not being a football fan, “Yeah, I’m going to watch it.” As she explains, the FX drama “is not just horror, in the way that Friday Night Lights wasn’t just football. To me, it is about this grounded, dilapidated relationship and, you know, all of these … psychosexual, sort of strange psychological things going on in this house. And that interests me a lot.”