“American Horror Story” fans who guessed that The Countess (Lady Gaga) was married to Mr. March (Evan Peters) were correct. The latest “Hotel” installment which aired on Nov. 18 confirmed it. Although it was also clear that March was never the love of her life. Instead, silent film star Rudolph Valentino (Finn Wittrock ) and his wife shared a torrid three-way love affair that literally changed her life forever.
“American Horror Story” co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and the rest of the brilliant writing staff are masters at peeling back complicated bits of backstory on all of the core characters. The extraordinary thing is that every detail neatly dovetails into the story. Everything we learn about the Hotel Cortez inhabitants’ past plays a part in the present and future story world.
Lady Gaga continues to be a theatrical revelation in this her first notable acting role. In this overall dark season, it’s so fun that The Countess was once desperately in love and it turns out that Valentino and his wife are the ones who gave her immortality. The Old Hollywood, flapper references were sublime. They gave her the blood virus and now she passes it along as she deems fit. Obviously, she uses her brood of young children to nourish herself on their young blood. But, she also seems to genuinely care for them as well.
On the other hand, she can be cold-hearted and cruel, as was seen last week when she killed Tristan before Liz Taylor’s (Denis O’Hare) love-struck eyes. She does use people and also has a sick streak if she enjoyed watching her husband March torture and kill people. She was obviously shocked and devastated to learn that March had trapped her former lovers between the walls for decades. Is there a way she can seek revenge for what March did? How can you hurt someone that’s already dead though?
Speaking of March, Evan Peters is simply slaying this role (no pun intended!) That quirky accent and those crazed killer eyes chill us to the bone. There isn’t a trace of the heartthrob Peters himself has become thanks to the success of this series. We learned that March can apparently feel something though. It’s pretty obvious he loves The Countess in his own twisted way and he is also jealous of her affection for “her god.”
Now, The Countess has got her sights set on Will Drake as a new sugar daddy and this probably doesn’t bode well for his future with March, does it? How horrible would it be to be bricked into one room for decades? It’s also pretty interesting that Finn Wittrock’s series character threads have been a sociopathic wannabe actor in “Freak Show” and now a model and legendary film actor in “Hotel.” Do these coincidences mean anything? Also, is Valentino Bartholomew’s father or is Mr. March? If March kept Valentino a secret for decades, what other diabolical secrets is he hiding?
Meanwhile, we can’t forget that Ramona (Angela Bassett) and Donovan (Matt Bomer) are still out there somewhere, brewing up their own cup of revenge for The Countess. According to an interview with Bustle, Bassett revealed that Ramona definitely has some payback plans. She said, “I really amp up going after The Countess to get some retribution for her killing my man 30 years ago.” Is there really any way for anyone to take The Countess down? Or, will a failed revenge plot end up being their biggest eternal regret?
On the other main story front, John (Wes Bentley) was so clever to fake insanity to try and get information on the Ten Commandments Killer suspect! At this point, though, it totally looks like John is the guilty party himself. Or, are we being intentionally misled? This is “American Horror Story” and we know by now there has got to be at least one shocking twist headed our way. At this point we’re hopelessly hooked into the gory yet glorious immortal villainess that Lady Gaga has so brilliantly painted and we can’t wait to see what happens next.
“American Horror Story: Hotel” airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.