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American Horror Story Review: A Treat of Many Tricks

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In a recent interview, Ryan Murphy said he insisted American Horror Story premiere in the fall because he wanted to air a Halloween special.

And, following the latest freaky episode of this ever-engrossing thriller, I'm very glad the creator got his way.

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Equipped with the ideal platform of a holiday dedicated to the walking dead, AHS threw a ton at us this week. But it somehow all worked. It all flowed in its own weird, ghostly way, as this drama eases my initial fear more and more every week: there really is a story here, one centered around a seemingly hopeless marriage. The haunting images and events simply add to it.

Let's start with Zachary Quinto's debut as former home owner Chad. The actor, who has remained off the small screen since the cancelation of Heroes, made me scared to ever purchase Gala apples again.

He and partner Patrick were perfectly creepy and enjoyable, while also raising the question of whether the house has it out for couples in general. Does it want no one to live happily there? And, if that's the case, why does Chad adore the residence so much?

One thing appears certain: the home wants to add to its collection of babies in the basement.

Every time Vivien threatens to leave, or tries to throw Ben out, or does anything that makes it seem like she and her baby might live elsewhere, boom! Pain erupts. Very young fetuses kick. If hers even is very young, that is. Or if it even is a regular fetus. Couldn't Ben and Vivien have waited a few minutes longer at the hospital to see why the nurse reacted that way to the ultrasound?!? Sheesh! The door was locked at home, Violet was safe.

Not so for Addie, however. We can assume she's dead, right? Like really, truly dead, not American Horror Story dead. Constance failed to drag her over to the property in time, both raising a question and answering one: the deceased only come back to life if they perish in the home or on the lawn - but is Constance among them? She knows all there is to know about this other world, yet we've been given no reason to believe (yet) that she's an active part of it.

So Constance lost her child by accident, while Moira freed her mother from her slumber on purpose. The latter does seem to have crossed over, however, despite her death taking place in a hospital. Perhaps because it was initiated by a ghost? Even if that ghost is trapped in the real world, presumably due to her sins? But didn't Patrick, for one, also sin by cheating on Chad?

I really should stop trying to figure any of this out and just enjoy the crazy show.

Especially when this episode concluded in such an awesome way: greetings, ghost Hayden! What a suspenseful way to wrap up a fun hour that managed to up the creepy ante, offer a few vague answers, pose more questions and still give time to Ben and Vivien to deal with their serious, supernatural marital issues. I loved it.

I'll leave you with this poll question related to the episode and what we may have learned: Do you think Tate is Rubber Man?

 

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Sorry it posted before I was finished.
I am right on..but I guess we will see where this next episode takes us! I am addicted to this show I absolutely love it :)

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After watching the 5th episode I know for a fact Tate is Constances son, and poor Addie. I hope Constance made it to the property before Addie passed because I will miss her! Anyways, I've known all along that Tate was/is Constance son, only because she had explained that one of her four children turned out to be perfect till she lost him to other things. On to the dead teens, for sure Tate did kill them I'm guessing he doesn't remember because he was possessed by another spirit or was taking a lot of drugs, on to what I was saying the dead cheerleader had said she should be thirty something now, I was so confused at that point then realized Tate is always comparing himself and other things to Kurt Cobain and it made sense, when Tate was 16-17 yrs old Cobain would have been a big thing which would explain his grunge look and is obsession with Cobain so he kills these teens realizes what he has done goes home kills himself (as his idol did as well) to forget all he had done! Now I'm curious to find out who in the world the "rubber man" is, we have seen him in every episode and yet we have no clue who this person is! Obviously Vivian became pregnant by him, so whatever that nurse saw in ep4 was something horrific. Now I'm going back to Tate because obviously i have an obsession with him :) Constance and Violet talk about how Tate can not find out that Addie has passed, because "he doesn't react well to certain things"? Which like I said earlier leads me to believe he is in deed dead! And I couldn't figure out why in an early ep why Constance wanted violet to die and now I get it because she wants Tate to have someone to love and be with. Oh I don't know I know certain things i am most likely

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After watching the 5th episode I know for a fact Tate is Constances son, and poor Addie. I hope Constance made it to the property before Addie passed because I will miss her! Anyways, I've known all along that Tate was/is Constance son, only because she had explained that one of her four children turned out to be perfect till she lost him to other things. On to the dead teens, for sure Tate did kill them I'm guessing he doesn't remember because he was possessed by another spirit or was taking a lot of drugs, on to what I was saying the dead cheerleader had said she should be thirty something now, I was so confused at that point then realized Tate is always comparing himself and other things to Kurt Cobain and it made sense, when Tate was 16-17 yrs old Cobain would have been a big thing which would explain his grunge look and is obsession with Cobain so he kills these teens realizes what he has done goes home kills himself (as his idol did as well) to forget all he had done! Now I'm curious to find out who in the world the "rubber man" is, we have seen him in every episode and yet we have no clue who this person is! Obviously Vivian became pregnant by him, so whatever that nurse saw in ep4 was something horrific. Now I'm going back to Tate because obviously i have an obsession with him :) Constance and Violet talk about how Tate can not find out that Addie has passed, because "he doesn't react well to certain things"? Which like I said earlier leads me to believe he is in deed dead! And I couldn't figure out why in an early ep why Constance wanted violet to die and now I get it because she wants Tate to have someone to love and be with. Oh I don't know I know certain things i am most likely

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I think Tate is Contance's son. I don't think it makes much sense for him to be the doctor's son, despite the precedent set by Moira that allows ghost to alter their appearance. I do think Vivian's baby could be the doctor's son, which would explain why it does not want the Harmon's to leave the house and it would explain why the nurse fainted.

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constance's husband we know for sure was also killed and hasnt showed up like everyone else has. we know he is a sex fiend. for a while i was wondering if others could see the ghosts, but the detective and the halloween kids obviously saw them. since moira started crying when she saw ben put hayden in the ground, i think that the only way the ghosts can pass on is if the owner does not kill someone. Moira didnt see that he wasnt the one who killed Hayden. maybe there is still hope (doubtful). i agree that tate has some connection to the basement. we see in people what we want to see. and the son that was killed was a blonde haired little boy. everyone is seeing him like they are seeing the other ghosts.

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I think Tate is the doctors son and the monster in the basement. People see what they want to see with him (like moria) and he let's them see what he wants, if that makes sense. I think the gimp is the doctor. Guess this is my new lost

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Wow. I'm truly addicted to this show! I think that Tate is Constance's dead son, he's the perfect child she lost to other things. I think the mutant-monster in the basement is Dr. Montgomery and his wife's son. I believe that Tate spends a lot of time in the basement because he was killed there...by the mutant-monster! Am I way off here?! I absolutely love the sexual tension between Moira and Ben, but it disturbs me when she goes from young to old!! Also Can't wait to see when and how Hayden presents herself to Vivien! Very curious to see if Addy will be visiting...it didn't look like she made it back to the lawn in time...it's amazing how her mother knows how the "other-side" operates...I'd like to know how she knows so much! There are sooooo many twisted and alluring layers to the show...it's TRULY captivating...I have to keep watching to see how it all unfolds! Whether my theories are right or wrong it's truly a pleasure trying to figure it all out! I'm hooked!!

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I think Tate is Constance's son. The reaction with the window kinda sold that out. Plus after Home Invasion, Constance, Moira and Tate acted like they knew each-other. We know Moira and Constance do, so that leaves only Tate. This show is awesome. I am just dying to know more. Especially about Rubber guy.

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@Veronica That all fits together nicely

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My fiance just called me at work because he had an epiphany about this show. We believe Tate is dead....and I believe that he is Dr. Montgomery and his wife's baby. Again, he seemed to know a lot about what happened, which may not be common knowledge. And he does seem to be in the basement a lot. Also, remember how it was mentioned several times that on Halloween the dead can walk among the living. This is why Moira asked to have Halloween off, so she could go see her mother since it was the one day of the year she could walk among the living. And to give creedance to what I said about Tate being dead, there were 2 times during the episode where he was asked to meet or go out somewhere besides the house, and he stopped for a second, and then agreed....both on the next day which was Halloween. This shows that Tate is dead since he only agreed to leave the house on Halloween. Other than Halloween we have never seen Tate, Moira, or any other ghost characters outside the house/property....

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