Now that It was the cross-episode we've been dreaming about.
American horror story: Apocalypse He simply gave us practically everything we could have asked for during his trip back to the House of Murder. With the help of Madison (Emma Roberts) and here (Billy Porter), we saw Vivien (Connie Britton) and Ben (Dylan McDermott) rekindle your marriage! We saw violet (Taissa Farmiga) and a Tate now free of evil (Evan Peters) find their way back together. We saw moiraFrances Conroy) goes ahead, to be with her mother, who forgave her and thanked her for disconnecting her. We also saw Ben crying while looking at the sun and masturbating, which is not something we were asking for, but we got it anyway!
Most importantly, we have the return of Jessica Lange in a sequence that can only be described as "And the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Goes to … Jessica Lange". He took the sad story of Michael's childhood and the growing serial killing and turned it into his own little movie, with the director's help. Sarah Paulson, of course.
"I mean, it's not hard to get a lot out of Jessica Lange," Paulson tells E! News. "I could see Jessica Lange read the phone book, she could read the white pages and give you an Academy Award for doing it."
However, Lange did much more than read the phone book tonight. She told Madison and Here's the story of how she did everything possible to raise Michael, believing it was her duty and her call to be a mother. But he had a tendency to murder, and when he grew a decade overnight, Constance began to worry that he was going to kill her. So that he never had the opportunity, Constance was in charge of having a last dance party with a cigarette, some alcohol and a lot of pills. Paulson says that the death scene was his favorite scene to shoot.
"I recorded it in slow motion, I did it in different sizes of fixed camera and passes, and we did it for a couple of hours, and it was something really extraordinary," he says. "But the crew applauded almost all the shots."
Lange performed his little dance over and over again, each time from a different angle with a different effect.
"It's cut from different parts of what we did, but we let the whole song play out in its entirety, and at the end of the song, she committed suicide," he explains. "Our cameraman, as soon as we finished with the first shot, had tears in his eyes and he was like, that's very sad, then, you know, it's when you know you have gold, but it's not hard to achieve that when Jessica is the star "
Paulson and Lange have been friends and co-workers for a long time, although Paulson had never addressed Lange before. She ended up finding that there was not much direction she had to do.
"I think she's so beautiful in this episode, I think it's incredibly moving, and what happens with Jessica is that you put the camera on her and the rest is ready, it's just made for you, because she brings a lot to the table. " she says. "But I gave Jessica Lange one or two notes, and I never thought that she would ever find me in a position where someone wanted me to do it." […] It was intimidating, but she made it so easy. "
Paulson says that all the actors made their directorial debut very easy, especially considering the episode they were part of.
"I think everyone was as excited as I was to be part of that particular episode, because they know how significant it is for the franchise and what it means to all those people." That's how they fell in love with the show to begin. back there I felt very, very exciting and I felt something empowered by the responsibility they gave me to do it, "she says. "Because Ryan was basically saying, I'm giving you the biggest episode of the season, and I'm doing it because I trust you, and I think it's a big vote of confidence, especially for someone who's never done it before, and He gave me a considerable burden to carry, I'll tell him. "
A large part of that "heavy load" involved bringing a sense of reunion and closure to a group of ghosts and their devoted fanatics.
"It was not programmed that Madison closed the doors at the end of the episode, but I made Emma do that, and we armed the door so that it would close when she did," she explains. "Now that Tate and Violet have met, Madison is closing the issue and saying, let them have peace, let all residents have peace." The theme of much of the episode is closure and freedom, you know, with The Character of Moira and her mother, and the end of Jessica's life, and Violet and Tate find their way back, and they're stuck in that house together until the end of time, and now I think we have a little more resolution in terms of where everyone is and how that looks for them. "
While a second return to the Assassin's House is not out of the question this season (since we still do not know how the house or its ghosts went in the apocalypse), Paulson wanted the story of the ghosts in the house to feel a little complete.
"I wanted to have the feeling of closing the doors and having a little bit of … no matter how horrible it is, the things that have happened in that house, you have a small sense of hope for them there."
With the reaction of the fans in his mind, there were also small moments that he was careful to include, like the look that Tate and Violet shared when the doors were closed.
"There's a version of things in an editing pass where it did not take that long when they finally looked at each other, and I just said I needed to have those rhythms back there, because the audience has been waiting for this for so long," he says. . "Just like we're going to give them an extra moment to look at each other, it will stay, I think people will want to see it, sometimes it's good to have the thoughts of the fans in my head, because I want them to be happy too. The reason we are still here eight seasons later is because of what that season was for the people, so it's a responsibility to try to do the right thing for them. "
So at least for now, the residents of Murder House are as happy as they always will be, and this crossover season has officially fulfilled its promises … and we're not even halfway there.
American horror story: Apocalypse It airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. in FX.