“American Horror Story” has really stepped up the level of psychological suspense – in as little as two episodes of the series’ second anthology installment, “Asylum.”
On Oct. 26 FX Network posted a behind-the-scenes recap video on Facebook of this week’s heart-stopping episode “Tricks and Treats.”
At the end of the clip, Director Brad Buecker makes a chilling statement, that leaves us with more questions heading into next week’s episode:
“You start realizing that everyone in this asylum is trapped. Everyone in this asylum has some kind of pain that’s just driving them to the edge of sanity.”
This is the underlying terror of the entire second season: The line between sanity and insanity is a precipice on which many people balance. What, ultimately, pushes someone over that edge into the dark abyss of madness?
Even more disturbing is the question of who determines what constitutes “sane” versus “insane” behavior.
In the case of this story, we already know that Kit Walker (Evan Peters) is not the serial killer that the authorities believe him to be, because the killer shows up at Wendy (Clea Duvall) and Lana’s (Sarah Paulson) house while Kit is locked up.
He obviously can’t be two places at once. But his sanity is still in question because he claims he and his wife were abducted by aliens. We have to admit this sounds really crazy.
Kit is indeed having flashbacks. What really happened to him?
In the recap clip Evan Peters talks about Kit’s predicament. He says, “I’ve been trying to get out of this place and try to convince people that I’m innocent – which is not working.”
Herein lays another underlying psychological terror of the second season: Being wrongfully accused of a crime and then locked up and tortured against your will.
Kit has already been beaten up by an inmate, caned extensively by Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), and experimented on by the severely deranged Dr. Arden (James Cromwell).
Lana is also being held against her will and she’s convinced Kit is Bloody Face. But, now we know she’s wrong about that.
We also know that Sister Jude and Dr. Arden are mentally unbalanced themselves and they are the ones controlling the asylum. As such, they are doling out severe punishment and torturing innocent people. Shudder, shudder! Shake, shake…
But, still, as for Kit: How likely is it that he was actually abducted by aliens?
Alien abduction claims became widespread in the 60s but have persisted throughout time. A certain part of the population truly believes they were captured by beings from outer space and taken into some sort of spaceship or vessel and physically and/or psychologically examined and eventually returned to Earth.
As previously reported, a close friend of Ryan Murphy’s is convinced she was abducted by aliens so he is fascinated with the subject.
And, he assures us the alien question will be answered by the end of the season.
Here’s something to think about: This season of AHS centers on psychological terror but the overall scheme paints a picture of madness.
Alien abductions and demon possession are two horrifying phenomenon that involve the mind. Sheer madness itself is a complete hallucinogenic reality.
Kit seems to have very lucid conversations. He’s trying to plot an escape. In that sense, he hasn’t lost complete control of his mental faculties.
But, his “memories” of his “alien encounter” could represent some sort of psychotic break.
A common theory is that the aliens are Kit’s mental interpretation of Dr. Arden’s Rasper creatures who live in the woods.
We know Mary Eunice is feeding some kind of creatures in the woods.
We also need to remember that Ryan Murphy is big on dropping subtle clues.
It appears that Dr. Arden might be creating some sort of mutant human hybrids. We have yet to see them. But we have seen some photographs in a box in his room of women tied up and some of them look faceless.
If all of Bloody Face’s victims are decapitated, are their heads being reattached to bodies in some sort of Frankenstein monster creation? Is Arden directing Bloody Face to kill people and then using the corpses to try to make some sort of super human race?
If so, it’s entirely possible that Kit saw the Raspers and he was so terrified and shocked by the sight of them that the closest thing he can compare them to is aliens. Perhaps they raped and killed or mutilated Alma in front of him or attacked and tried to kill him and all of his flashbacks twist into some kind of hallucinogenic PTSD.
In other words, he saw something so terrifying he was driven mad and the aliens are his new reality.
Or, he’s telling the truth and he really did see aliens.
Either way something happened to Kit.
When we first see him, he’s appears completely normal. His whole exchange with Alma is affectionate and loving. His only concern is the fact that they are hiding their interracial marriage from their families.
In Evan Peters’ Oct. 24 “Vulture” interview, he says he believes the aliens are real.
If we go with this, in the broadest sense it means that Kit does have some sort of experience with some kind of creatures.
Yes, it is all too confusing…
Moving forward, it’s going to be important to pay attention to the details – big and small – because chances are Murphy’s going to drop more clues, like bread crumbs, as we progress through the story.
Hopefully we’re not too scared or submerged in the dark world of madness to decipher them…
What are your theories? Are the aliens really aliens? What happened to Kit? To Alma? Who is Bloody Face? I’d love to read your comments below!
“American Horror Story: Asylum” airs Wednesdays at 10 PM EST on FX.