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thoughts on american horror story: birth

It’s hard to believe this was the last episode before the season ends. It feels like we just met the Harmons and now we’re about to say goodbye…for now, forever…who knows? Birth may have answered a few questions about the lady Harmons, but even then, we still don’t know the fate of the family. American horror story’s don’t have happy endings and if this one does, they really should have went with a different and lighter show title.

  • Little Tate meets little Thaddeus. Constance was passed out and Tate makes his way to the basement. Before Thaddeus (Infantata) can grab him, Nora saves Tate and now we know why he felt so indebted to her, that he was willing to rape, steal and kill to get her a baby. We don’t know how much they interacted throughout the years, but for that moment, she was the mother he wanted. Did anyone else notice that Nora’s clothes were lighter in 1984, but by the time we bounced back to the present, she was wearing darker clothes?
  • Daddy (still) doesn’t know. For some reason, the scene between Ben and Violet, when he tries to make her go visit Vivien, really struck me. We knew she wouldn’t be able to leave, but I was hoping there would be a twist here and she wouldn’t disappear once the car left the property.
  • Chad got his man back and they are planning to raise the twins, together. Except, Patrick doesn’t really want any of that. All he wants is to be with the man he was going to be with before Tate killed him. Chad over hears all of this and crosses himself off the list of people/ghosts that want those babies.
  • “I’m dead, don’t you get it? Of course he doesn’t Violet, your father isn’t going to get it until the very end it seems.
  • One red crib and one white crib. I highly doubt this was by accident. Even if Chad and Patrick simply “broke up” before finishing the painting.
  • Chad called Violet “Elvira”. Wednesday would have been much more appropriate. But speaking of snippy Chad…
  • Constance and Chad should have had a scene together weeks ago! A lovely battle of the bitches, with Chad mocking Constance’s failure as a mother and her mocking his entire lifestyle.
  • Billie Dean is the real deal. Although the spell she gave Violet didn’t work, she can definitely speak to the dead, as evidenced by the telepathic moment. But why does she hate Tate? Sure, there are a few reasons to dislike him, but what’s her reason? And I didn’t see it before, but I’m wondering now if she’s Constance’s fourth child. This theory isn’t based on anything substantial, except they looked so alike in this episode and her Tate hatred.
  • “Dr. Harmon, it’s time.” The twin gingers vandalizing Ben’s car helped set the mood, but Charles and the ghost nurses delivering the baby really added to the creep factor of this scene. The first baby is born “stillborn” and passed to Nora (I don’t think they mentioned if it was a boy or girl) and the second baby boy is immediately scooped up by Constance.
  • “From blood and pain come perfection.” I was waiting for psychotic Hayden to make her entrance and she did, but I don’t think she’s going to get that baby from Constance. That woman has survived the death of pretty much everyone around her, surely she won’t be killed by Ben’s former mistress.
  • “Or did he change when he raped your mother?” Violet finally believes that Tate is a monster and calls him “the darkness”. She sends him away. I’m not sure if this means she can no longer see him or if he’s sent to some other realm briefly. Stupid AHS ghost rules.
  • The house wins again. Vivien and Violet are dead, together. No cliffhanger. No going into the season finale wondering what will happen to Vivien. She died during childbirth and unlike the other ghosts in the house, she’s stuck there with someone she actually loves. I doubt Tate will like that, but then again, I doubt she’ll be happy to hear he was the one who raped her.
  • Ben is alive and alone…for now. I’m pretty sure Ben will be dead next week too and I think he’s going to take someone down with him. I can see him committing suicide too, but I don’t want it to be at the house, Violet and Vivien have been through enough at this point.

Check out Ryan Murphy’s interview for this episode.

Next Week: Afterbirth (season finale)


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thoughts on american horror story: smoldering children

I just noticed that American Horror Story doesn’t do a ‘previously on’ at the start of each episode, which means you can recall the season’s events as you remember them and not how the writers/producers/etc. want you to. Very refreshing. Smoldering Children focused on two very different love stories: Constance and Larry, and Violet and Tate. Questions were answered, hearts were broken and theories were completely shattered, so overall, it was the perfect episode to lead into the end of the season.

  • 1994 was a big year for Larry, Addie, Tate and Constance:
    • Tate’s father ran away when he was six and Constance wanted people to think that Hugo fled town with his mistress, which makes Hugo Tate’s dad….right?
    • Constance lost the house and got it back by living with Larry.
    • Larry’s family really did burn themselves alive. He’s innocent, not of adultery and cruelty, but he wasn’t lying when he said he was lying about killing them. Make sense?
    • Tate is indeed Constance’s “golden boy”, so now we definitely know the fourth child is also deformed/disfigured.
    • Tate did some drugs and dealt with some mommy issues by setting Larry on fire and heading off to school to kill his classmates. D.A.R.E. and Freud would have a field day with that one.
  • Ben believes Vivien was raped. Wait….since when?! Last week he was convinced she had an affair. He crossed his one and only suspect off the list and that’s it?
  • Detective Granger was played by Charles S. Dutton. I haven’t looked at him the same since his role in Gothika.
  • The colored section? What on Earth would he be doing there?” Oh Constance.
  • Larry provides Constance with human contact. Why? Because I was wrong and Larry is alive.
  • “I never loved you. I endured you for the sake of my family. That is all.” Another zinger from Constance, but this may have been the moment she screwed herself.
  • “Once I discovered that he had cheated, Hugo meant no more to me than dog shit.” Seriously Constance? You turned him into dog food? Constance as the scorned lover who shoots her husband and his mistress makes sense. Constance as the crazy killer who grinds body parts into mush….doesn’t.
  • Violet’s IQ is “north of 150”. Ben may have just been bragging to make sure he got her into the school, but I believe she’s that smart.

  • Smoldering children…and wife. Larry’s daughters have started playing with Travis. Larry can see all of this, as well as his wife, because he’s ‘ready’ and ‘on the cusp’. Does this mean Larry is about to die? Or is he ‘on the cusp’ of paying penance for what he did?
  • Ben learns that Tate is Rubber Man. He probably won’t remember or he’ll explain what happened with logic, like he does everything else.
  • “Hi, I’m Tate. I’m dead. Want to hook up?” I saw a post on Reddit about two weeks ago that speculated Violet was dead. I didn’t agree with the theory, but just like with Larry, I was wrong. Violet got Malcolm Crowe’d. Tate wanted her to commit suicide on her own terms so that she wouldn’t feel sad about her initial (successful) attempt. She came to terms with her death rather quickly, but she didn’t look elated when Tate said they’d be together forever. Also, how is this going to work when Ben and Vivien find out?
  • Poor Larry. He admitted to a crime he didn’t commit for a woman that doesn’t love him. However, that look in his eyes when Constance got up to leave makes me think it’ll be “poor Constance” by the end of the season.

Next Week: Birth

A lot of people ghosts want those twins. My theory? Vivien dies and gets to keep both of them. Ben finds out Violet is dead after he loses his wife, so he kills himself.

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