ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

The first episode of American Horror Story dropped, and what a way to start a season! I love the way the dark tone, bizarre eroticism, and sharp surprise tactics have carried over into the new season. Check out the recap!

What Happened: Elsa (the ever fabulous Jessica Lange) persuades conjoined twins, Bette & Dot Tattler, to join her Freak Show, where Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters) kills a cop to stop him from taking the girls away. Twisty the Clown is on a killing spree as the Freak Show make their first performance, including an achingly sorrowful rendition of Life on Mars from Elsa.

Evan Peters as Jimmy Darling
Evan Peters as Jimmy Darling

Death Count: 4 (5 if you count Mrs. Tattler, who technically died before the episode started)

Most Horrific Moment: Twisty the Clown goes on a Murder Spree

In fact, pretty much every time Twisty the Clown was on screen was horrific. He brutally stabbed everything in sight with a bullish strength reminiscent of Rob Zombie's re-imagined Michael Myers. And he's got two hostages now, God knows what he wants with them.

Twisty the horrifying murderous clown.
Twisty the horrifying murderous clown.

Surprise of the Episode: Elsa Mars is missing her legs beneath the knee - which we discover in a particularly touching reveal at the end of the episode.

Music Featured: 'Kiss of Fire' - Georgia Gibbs, 'Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart' - Vera Lynn

Did you notice? Asylum's Pepper appeared! Check out the discussion on an American Horror Story connected universe here.

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