'American Horror Story: Asylum' Premiere Preview: 5 Things to Know About the New Season
Wednesday marks the premiere of FX's American Horror Story: Asylum, and Celebuzz has scoop from the cast and details on the premiere -- which might just be the most gripping hours of TV that we've seen this season.
Want to know all about Briarcliff, Sister Jude and Bloody Face? Here are seven things you need to know before entering the asylum.
1. Sister Jude. Jessica Lange won over critics and audiences alike with her portrayal of Constance Langdon, the Harmons' aggressively sassy neighbor on Season 1 of American Horror Story. But forget about Constance; Sister Jude is arguably more compelling. Sister Jude not only leaves her staff perpetually terrified of her every move -- poor Sister Eunice (Lily Rabe) -- but she also struggles with her own personal demons, particularly the sensual feelings she has toward Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes).
Not to mention, she also takes the brunt of her patients' agression. Let's just say, there's more to Jude than meets the eye, and you might find yourself siding with her. Oh, and red is definitely her color.
"It was petrifying," said Devon Graye, who makes his debut as possessed farm boy Jed on Episode 2. "I'm such a huge fan of her's, and when I finally read the script and saw what kind of scene I had with her, I was like, 'This is crazy! I get to say this to Jessica Lange?'"
'american horror story' season 2 stills"]2. Briarcliff's Patients. On the premiere episode, Kit (Evan Peters) and Lana (Sarah Paulson) are both committed to Briarcliff, against their will. Kit is accused of a crime he says he did not commit, while Lana, a food columnist who craves an investigative scoop, is committed because of her sexuality. To make matters even more heartbreaking, she is committed by her girlfriend (Clea Duvall).
Kit and Lana meet a startling array of inmates, from the clinically insane to a sex addict (Chloë Sevigny), a degenerate bully (Mark Consuelos), and the mysterious Grace (Lizzie Brocheré), who immediately develops a kinship with Kit.
"He does enjoy Sister Jude," Consuelos teased, before adding, "There's a lot of people who will try and get out of that place."
3. The Lovers. Chances are, if you're just tuning in to catch a glimpse of Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, then you might want to turn off your TV about five minutes in.
Leo (Levine) and Teresa (Jenna Dewan -Tatum) are modern-day newlyweds who choose to spend their honeymoon on a "Haunted Honeymoon Tour." Why? Because Teresa just so happens to be a "horror freak," and Leo will pretty much do whatever she says as long as it means he gets some action. That's pretty much the basis of their relationship -- and it won't serve either of them well inside the walls of the now-abandoned Briarcliff.
Perhaps getting it on with his wife on the electro shock therapy bed wasn't such a good idea for Leo. Ultimately, these two end up trapped inside with nowhere to run. Close your eyes, Maroon 5 fans!
4. Dr. Arden's Laboratory. Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) is no McDreamy. In fact, let's just call him McCreepy. Not only does he torture the patients of Briarcliff -- in the name of science -- but he also managed to create an entire hoard of flesh-eating monsters in the process. Yikes!
"I had no idea until I had gotten the first four scripts and my first reaction was, 'What have I gotten myself into?' Because I don't really like the horror genre," said Cromwell. But how dark will Dr. Arden get? "He's very cruel to little animals," joked Cromwell.
As for Arden's tense relationship with Sister Jude, it's one of the more dynamic story lines of the season. "She wants control, and I want power," Comwell explained. "The more she tries to gain control, the more I use my power to gain the ascendancy."
However, Bloody Face isn't just around in the 1960s. He/she also shows up in the present -- and it's not a pretty sight.
American Horror Story: Asylum premieres Wednesday, October 17 at 10PM ET on FX.
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