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American Horror Story - Season 4 - Post-premiere Ryan Murphy interview

Bette seems so sweet, but we learn in the premiere that Bette is the one that killed their mother. So she’s actually the darker one?

Well Bette is the one with show business dreams and people with show business dreams are usually killers. I love that she’s show business obsessed and will do anything to be a star and if her mother doesn’t let her go see films in glorious Technicolor she acts out. It was also because the mother was ashamed of them and hiding them on the farm. It was more than just a show business dream, she got sick of being hidden in the shadows. It’s sort of 20 something years of misery bubbling up.

It does feel like the other theme is the dream of fame because Elsa is also holding onto that.


Yeah. There’s something about Elsa that the carny world is also exploring: you have to remember that in the ’20s and ’30s, when that world was at its peak, those performers were in many ways the biggest stars America had to offer. They were making thousands of dollars. They were treated like royalty. And then overnight that went away. So she’s the representation of the dashed dream.

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