[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the premiere of American Horror Story. Read at your own risk.]
TVGuide.com spoke to series star Connie Britton about the burning questions that linger from Wednesday's premiere, the show's planned two-part Halloween frightfest and what more viewers can expect from the deliciously sick and twisted minds of creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk:
Has Vivien really been impregnated by that shiny black, er, fetish suit?
Looks like it. And why not? It wouldn't be the first supernatural-impregnating in a horror. "Rosemary's Baby is a big part of where we're going with it, and I certainly know it's a big inspiration for Ryan," Britton says. "I actually don't know what's going to happen with Rubber Man — that's what we like to call him — but what we're shooting right now is Vivien being very concerned about what she feels happening in her belly."
Does the basement-dwelling twin-killing basement-baby-thing play into this pregnancy?
Correct! Says Britton: "The Infantata? You're going to learn a lot about the Infantata. Something really terrible happened in that house. That character has taken the form of... wait, I can't tell you! I think you'll find out in Episode 3 or 4."
For viewers stuck on asking "Why would they stay in the house?"... what will keep Ben (Dylan McDermott) and Vivien in the house?
It's safe to say it's probably the house that will keep them there! Look what it did to Larry The Burn Guy (Denis O'Hare). "The house is really set up to make sure that baby is born," Britton says. "There are a lot of forces pulling on Vivien to keep her there." There are even a few real-world factors that will make getting out difficult. "We soon discover that the Harmons are basically out of money and can't unload the house even if they want to," Britton says. And, surely, Constance, the housekeeper Moira (Frances Conroy and Alexandra Breckenridge) and Tate (Evan Peters) will have a little something to do with it, too.
So eventually the Harmons will want out?
"What's funny to me is after the first episode, for my character there has been nothing that would drive her away outside having a weird next door neighbor," Britton says. Well, that and Rubber Man, right? "I had crazy sex with someone I thought was my husband...Sure, he was dressed up in a rubber suit, but you know, if that's your thing..."
Are we going to have to watch Vivien (Mrs. Coach to Friday Night Light fans) be victimized in this show?
It's not the plan. Murphy's called Vivien "a heroic character," and describes American Horror Story as a horror for women. "That was something that was really important to him," Britton says. "That was a lot of what we talked about when we first talked about me doing it. He wanted this show to not be your typical slasher thing, which is usually a 16-year-old boy kind of thing." At the same time, very serious physical danger will come knocking in Episode 2, to which Britton says, Vivien won't be the show's resident prey. "To have her actually take some power and what it looks like, that's what I'm really committed to doing here. It's challenging because this is not a genre that is usually open to that."
Where in the world does Jessica Lange's character, the bigoted Southern neighbor Constance, come from?
Ryan Murphy's mind. He's obsessed with Lange, and saw her perform in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire twice. "Jessica Lange's character is actually the most like Ryan," Britton says, laughing. "He loves writing for her."
Tell us about the two-part Halloween special. Will Oct. 31 be an even creepier day for the Harmons?
Yes. By then, Ben and Vivien will in fact be trying to get rid of the house. Murphy has said that according to certain mythology, Halloween is the time of year where ghosts can walk the streets — and Britton says that's what they'll do in American Horror Story. "All of our ghosts in the house become people and interact with us — but we don't know that these new folks are ghosts," she says. So the twins whose throats have been removed by the Infantata will stop by? "Yes, the twins will pop up... but other ghosts as well. I think the Halloween episodes are the ones where we get the biggest sense of all of these characters and how they're interrelated."
Anything else we should know?
"I know people have been like, 'Oh, how are they going to sustain that? How is it going to be scary all the time?'" Britton says. "I can tell you every episode that I read is scarier than the last."
What did you think of the premiere? Will you continue to watch American Horror Story?