“American Horror Story: Asylum” star Dylan McDermott offered fans a small tease of terror regarding his unforgettably frightening character, present day Bloody Face, via Twitter yesterday, Dec. 27, saying:
“I return to American Horror Story Jan. 9 for the last 3 episodes. I’ve been a very bad boy…”
We’re shivering already, remembering the horrifying flashback images of how he tortured the very innocent and beautiful new bride, Teresa (Jenna Dewan Tatum) and killed his most recent victim, his psychiatrist.
The name of the episode in which McDermott returns is called “Spilt Milk,” and it marks episode eleven out of thirteen.
What evil and dastardly deeds does Son O’ Bloody Face commit? How many more innocent people are going to die an unthinkable death via his sadistic spree of terror?
Dylan McDermott discussed the psychology of his character in a Dec. 27 interview with Chicago.gopride.com saying:
“Well, Johnny Thredson is obviously he’s a troubled man. Where I hope he goes and where he goes are two different places but I think he’s got a sole purpose in life. He really feels so scorned by his mother. Everything is about his mother. The reason he’s doing all these horrible things is because he was rejected so harshly by his mother, aborted. His father was a serial killer. His mother aborted him and he still lives. So his whole trajectory in life is really about her.”
That doesn’t really tell us where Johnny’s headed and what exactly he’s going to do in the name of his working out his serious mommy issues. However, McDermott did mention in the aforementioned interview that we are going to see him smoke crack.
Oh boy! A criminally delusional serial killer tripping out on drugs cannot lead to any good end…
Before we get any concrete answers, “AHS: Asylum” must first return on Jan. 2 with episode ten, “The Name Game,” which is the highly-anticipated follow up to the very grisly winter finale episode, “The Coat Hanger.”
As previously reported, “The Coat Hanger” leaves us with several cliffhangers:
- Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) “kills” Kit (Evan Peters) to incite a visit from the aliens.
- A very live and really pregnant Grace (Lizzie Brochere) returns with an intellectually “changed” Pepper (Naomi Grossman) as her guide.
- Monsignor Howard (Joseph Fiennes) is crucified.
- Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) is framed for murder and is committed to Briarcliff.
- Devil Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) sets Thredson (Zachary Quinto) free.
- Lana (Sarah Paulson) is pregnant with Thredson’s child, and her attempt at self-induced abortion fails.
We are anxiously waiting to see what happens next for all of these characters. There are only four episodes remaining in the entire second season. AHS Co-Creator Ryan Murphy has promised more than once all of the storylines will conclude by the season finale.
That said, Murphy previously told “EW” that “half the cast is going to die” in the returning episode ten.
According to episode preview photos for next week, it appears Lana and Kit are both alive and sitting in the Briarcliff common room with Dr. Thredson.
What, pray tell, might they be discussing? Remember that Thredson is the sole key to Kit’s innocence. They need someone to find out and believe that Thredson is actually Bloody Face, not Kit.
Furthermore, if Mary Eunice’s proclamation to Lana is true, and she is still pregnant (which seems likely if McDermott’s Johnny is indeed the son of Lana and Thredson), perhaps Lana can use her unborn child as a bargaining chip to save her life. But will she and/or Kit ever get out of Briarcliff?
Here’s something interesting to consider: If Son ‘O Bloody Face believes he is carrying out his father’s legacy by skinning his victims, it would seem that someone becomes aware of Oliver Thredson’s crimes.
There is still a tiny shred of hope that Johnny is just a delusional serial killer who is fantasizing that he is Lana and Thredson’s biological child. That would be a neat twist, wouldn’t it?
The episode ten plot summary for “The Name Game” which was posted by the Futon Critic states:
“The Monsignor confronts the Devil. Dr. Arden’s experiments reach a shocking conclusion. Dr. Thredson facilitates a surprising reunion for Kit.”
The episode eleven “Split Milk” plot summary states:
“Grace brings Kit devastating news about the aliens’ experiments on Alma. Dr. Thredson receives an unexpected visitor. The Monsignor goes to extreme lengths to silence Jude.”
Finally, the episode twelve “Continuum” plot summary states:
“A deadly new inmate threatens Sister Jude’s chance of release from Briarcliff. Grace’s obsession with the aliens turns violent.”
So, within these brief summaries it seems like we can conclude that Kit, Grace, Thredson, Monsignor Howard and Sister Jude live past episode ten. If half the cast dies in episode ten, would this mean Dr. Arden, Mary Eunice, Leigh and possibly Pepper bite the dust?
Also, some of the biggest questions of the entire “Asylum” season center on the aliens. Are they real? What is their agenda? Why did they choose Kit? Did they take Alma and what have they been doing with her?
Who else thinks “Grace’s obsession with the aliens turns violent” sounds extremely creepy? Who else still wonders, just slightly, if Kit himself is an alien?
We’re four more and out with the “AHS: Asylum” Jan. 2 return. At this point we’d better buckle up and get ready for a real bloody, psychologically terrifying ride to the end.
Plus, given this is “American Horror Story” we’re talking about, it would seem likely we’re also going to be in for at least one shocker by the time the “Madness Ends” Jan. 23 finale airs.
Who will live and who will die? Will Lana and Kit survive to see Thredson get his just reward? Is it possible that any or all of what we have been seeing is just one big hallucinogenic shocker in the eyes of a mad person at Briarcliff?
What do you think? Feel free to drop your comments below!
“American Horror Story: Asylum” airs Wednesdays at 10 PM EST on FX Network.