Continuing on with the fascinating legendary character of Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley’s portrayal is hypnotic), the Wednesday night episode of FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” saw its conclusion of this intriguing subplot. Legend has it no one on the carny circuit performs on Halloween. They broke the taboo, so Mordrake will claim a freakish victim on this spooky night of nights.
After his visit with Ethel in another episode and sparing her life, because she’s not the chosen one, Mordrake visits other freaks at the campgrounds. Here we learn some of their extremely tragic backstories that are simply cruel and sad. Mordrake comes back to speak to Elsa Mars, after seeing her perform a song earlier that evening (Lana Del Rey’s “Gods and Monsters”). She has great plans for him to manage her delusional singing career. It’s only later does she realize the superstition is very real about Mordrake.
Elsa must tell him her tales of woe on her life in Germany during the early 1930s. She catered to the highly popular and lucrative sex trade of decadent Berlin as a sadistic dominatrix. Her reputation grew as the one to go to for unimaginable carnal thrills. “The Watchers,” were a band of men who were going to make her a star in films, snuff films that is.
After cutting her legs off (below the knees with a chainsaw) while filming, she managed to survive this horrific ordeal. Mordrake stated she is now the one. As he’s attempting to kill Elsa, while begging to be killed, music could be heard in the background.
Esmerelda and Jimmy are walking back to the campsite late at night when they hear a young girl scream for her life, while Twisty the Clown brings her back to the abandoned school bus. Once again Mordrake calls on Twisty since he heard music coming from him playing a toy piano, while spoiled rich boy Dandy from West Palm Beach attempts to literally saw Esmerelda in half. After several episodes viewers finally learn the heartbroken tale of Twisty’s life as a successful circus clown who was despised by the freaks, actually they were dwarves. We learn why he has to wear the smiling mask around his mouth. It was after an unsuccessful suicide attempt with a gun. Instead, he ended up with virtually no jaw.
Twisty never showed remorse about his killing sprees, while justifying it was to save the children. Mordrake informed him the voice (coming from his other face on the back of his head) was weeping, and proceeded to kill Twisty the Clown. Later on Dandy takes his mask, while proclaiming to be just like this former killer clown.
After Jimmy helped the three young victims to safety with their parents a caravan of cars come upon the carny camp. It’s the townspeople, along with the families of the kidnapped children, who want to offer their deep gratitude and thanks, especially to Jimmy. This was an excellent scene of complete acceptance between the townies and freaks. Sadly, it is likely to be short-lived.
Dandy arrives home to his mansion where Dora, the maid, speaks her mind telling him exactly what she thinks. He takes one of the killing tools from Twisty, and then slashes Dora’s neck and killing her instantly. Dandy starts laughing uproariously. The killer clown’s reign of terror continues.