Thoughts of American Horror Story: Freak Show, episode 3/ my theory about Dandy

First, I’d like to ask How does Twisty move around without causing mass panic? If I saw someone who looked remotely like a clown, even a normal one, I would call the police, FBI, and CIA. The blonde 1950’s mother we see in the beginning of this episode apparently enjoys clowns. Very suspicious.

Anyway, this post isn’t about Twisty. It’s about Dandy. Dandy is the scariest thing in this entire season yet. I believe that he will end up being the primary antagonist of the show for a couple reasons:

  1. he is a spoiled man child who throws tantrums when he doesn’t get what he wants.creepy
  2. He has killed an animal, which is usually an indicator of a psychopathic or violent personality
  3. If there’s anything we are to learn from this season, it is that outside appearances do not translate to one’s character. Dandy is very very well groomed. His personality? Filthy and gross.
  4. The writers revealed the secret behind Twisty’s mask in episode 2 which seems too early for something that was built up so much. I think he is going to be replaced with Dandy by the end.
  5. He, to me, personifies the awful me-first attitude of men in the 50’s

Edward Mordrake, on the other hand,  is not only very handsome, played by Wes Bentley, he is also an authentic ghost story. How appropriate for the Halloween shows. Mordrake is also the topic of a Tom Waits song that I love, which you can listen to here.

In the old lore, Mordrake was allegedly a real person who suffered from diprosopus (two face syndrome) and was mentioned in the 1896 book Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine. Whether he was a real man or not, it is a wonderful and unique story. In the old story, the face could only laugh and cry, and told him tales of things that only happen in hell.

I’m not too happy to see Emma Roberts play the same “too hot for you/ over it” character, but I’m hoping she gets more depth. In Coven, she didn’t grow as much as I had hoped she would, and I hope she can live up to my expectation of the faux fortune-telling Esmeralda.

Finally, after having seen Elsa Mars sing Lana Del Rey’s “Gods and Monsters” I bow to the anachronistic songs that will evidently stay this whole season. I actually really enjoyed the song (I love Lana) so I concede that while it would have been fun to hear more 50’s cabaret songs included, I don’t think it will take away from the plot or feel of the show as a whole.


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