While we wait for the highly anticipated Season 7, why not look back at the past seasons of American Horror Story? A question always sure to fire up the fandom of #AmericanHorrorStory is what are the most iconic scenes in the show's history? Now, I'm not necessarily considering the most terrifying or disturbing scenes, but rather a sequence that practically blew up the internet, or a moment that people couldn't stop talking about — moments that will go down in television history!
So, without further hesitation — and aside from all the blood and #horror — here are the 10 most iconic, unforgettable or downright memorable moments from American Horror Story.
10. Ben's Private Moment
Let's start on a fun note, shall we? Who could forget the moment in the very first episode where, after walking in on the house maid Moira O'Hara pleasing herself, Ben Harmon decides to please himself — and begins to weep — upon climax. This infamous scene left fans in fits of laughter (and maybe also shock?). The man just wanted a razor.
9. Hotline Bling Shoot-Out
Despite receiving mixed feelings on a whole, one of the most memorable (really iconic) moments in Season 5 (Hotel) is in Episode 10. With Drake's "Hotline Bling" booming in the background, Donovan and The Countess are seen making up, but are interrupted when Liz and Iris storm into their room — guns blazing. They fire multiple shots until Donovan and The Countess are out. What a boss-ass bitch moment for Liz and Iris.
8. Violet's Death And Revelation
After finding out that her boyfriend committed a mass shooting, Violet Harmon finally reached the end of her rope in Episode 6 of Season 1 (Murder House). Completely distraught, Violet swallows a bunch of sleeping pills and is later seen being dragged by Tate into the bathroom where he "saves" her. It is later revealed in Episode 10 that Violet, in fact, died when she swallowed the pills, yet all this time the audience thought she was alive. This has to be one of the biggest plot twists American Horror Story has ever thrown at us.
7. Is There Life On Mars?
Season 4 (Freak Show) quickly turned into an episode of Glee with all of the camp and musical numbers, but Jessica Lange singing anything? GIVE IT TO US! From Lana Del Rey to Fiona Apple to Nirvana, no musical number in Season 4 was better than Jessica Lange singing David Bowie's' "Life On Mars?" in a German accent. Iconic? I think so!
6. Pepper And Elsa
Who could ever forget the lovable, microcephalic "pinhead" Pepper! In Episode 10 of Season 4 (Freak Show), Pepper becomes inconsolable after the death of her friend Salty, and Elsa Mars is forced to take Pepper back to her sister, Rita. Pepper is left to care for Rita's deformed baby, but Rita and her husband Larry secretly conspire to get rid of the baby and Pepper.
Larry slices off the baby's ears and drowns him in a tub, framing the entire murder on Pepper, thus resulting in her being committed to Briarcliff in 1962. While fixing up the library, Pepper is overcome with tears when she finds Elsa Mars on the 1958 cover of LIFE. The entire episode — but particularly when Pepper sees Elsa again — is probably one of the most heartbreaking and unforgettable moments ever.
Even if you hated Season 3, how on Earth could you hate (or forget) Frances Conroy as the eccentric Myrtle Snow? Definitely the underrated witch of Coven, Myrtle Snow's outrageous one-liners were more memorable than the actual plot. Come on, who could forget her iconic last words — correction — word! Going to the stake in the season finale, before Cordelia sets her "true" mother alight, Myrtle Snow screams at the top of her lungs, "BALENCIAGA!" A fashion company? Iconic.
4. The Westfield High Massacre
Another memorable moment from Season 1, although disturbing, is the mass shooting at Westfield High in Episode 6. Having had enough of his dysfunctional family and the other troubles in his life, Tate Langdon loads a shotgun, walks into his high school and shoots and kills 15 people. Of course, this sequence struck a chord with many people, as Tate Langdon was actually based on a real-life teenager that committed a mass shooting. Truly unforgettable.
3. Lana Escapes Briarcliff
There are many moments to pick from Asylum, but everything about this particular scene from Episode 11 deserves a standing ovation. With the help of Mother Claudia, Lana Winters manages to walk out of Briarcliff with the confession tape that will put Thredson away for his Bloodyface crimes. She walks out the front door with the Candyman theme playing in the background, gets into a cab as Thredson runs out after her and gives him the greatest death stare. Finally, she holds the tape up against the window and gives him the middle finger. How could anyone forget this badass moment?
2. Surprise, Bitch
No one — even people that didn't watch the show — could escape the power of Madison Montgomery's return. In attempts to scare Fiona Goode into killing herself so that the next Supreme could rise, Madison Montgomery — unknowingly alive to Goode — shocks her by greeting her with "Surprise, bitch. I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me." She literally surprised the head witch bitch! Season 3 (Coven) had many memorable moments, but none blew up the internet like this one.
1. The Name Game
Lana Lana bo Bana! Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, could ever be more iconic than "The Name Game" scene from Episode 10 of Asylum. It was absolutely crazy, but then again, we are in the world of American Horror Story, so everything about it was perfect!
What do you think is the most iconic American Horror Story moment? Tell us in the comment section below.