Cast & Crew
Mr. Gallant/Tate Langdon
Sister Mary Eunice McKee
Maharaja Jangatjit Singh
Paul the Illustrated Seal
Aide to the King
Now Freak Show-which originally had more of that Coven-style celebration of "otherness"-has boomeranged back into the dour and joyless air of Briarcliff.
Sadly, there wasn't as much death as there was a lot of talk in Freak Show's fall finale, but there was enough intriguing bits to make us impatient for new episodes in 2015.
In a show known for its spectacle and excess at the cost of emotional realism, Grossman's almost wordless performance strikes a ringing note of feeling.
Freak Show really ramped up the bloodshed in the previous episodes but things slowed down a bit in the winter finale, "Orphans," which upped the emotional stakes for the last bit of the season by revealing several characters' backstories.
Anyway, this season doesn't seem to be jelling into some greater whole, so I'll just enjoy these fun stories when we get them.
I'm afraid we've gone one step forward, two huge steps back. Or three, or more, honestly. It's hard to say.
With "Orphans", as it sometimes has in the past, American Horror Story zeroes in on the rarely seen sincere side of its characters, and the results are oddly affecting.
The Pepper stuff didn't add anything to the main carny chaos. It just made the episode a bit better than it would have been.
"Orphans" presents the strongest profile of a character that I can remember on the show and the result is a touching, beautiful look at one of AHS's side characters-one who is so much more than we thought.
Yes this season has been a southern-fried soap at heart, but whenever AHS sprinkles these moments of sheer humanity into its cauldron of turmoil, it always lands like a sucker punch. Sorry for all the mixed metaphors but poor Pepper!!