Farewell Twisty, we barely knew ye before you joined top-hatted Professor Quirrell’s gang of undead crones. Your toothy mask, bowling pin rampages, and toy store beheadings will all seem so buoyant and whimsical—charming, even—compared to the terrors that undoubtedly lie ahead now that a new, even more twisted monster has taken your place.
Just as American Horror Story decided to properly unite the freak show and clown storylines and finally reveal Twisty's tragic history, the clown was gone forever. Wednesday's episode “Edward Mordrake Pt. 2” fulfilled its destiny as a true-to-form AHS Halloween special, with the requisite blood spatter, BDSM-filled flashbacks, spooky ghosts, handful of murders, and suicide-attempt-gone-wrong, but the episode didn't shy away from the pathos either.
The episode’s titular, sideburned ghoul (Wes Bentley) served as a useful narrative tool for getting different characters to tell their sad life stories—Rusty the Illustrated Seal (Matt Fraser) cried, "I have a handsome face," when Mordrake asked him why he tattooed every inch of his body but his mug; Legless Suzi (Rose Siggins) confessed that she fatally stabbed a man in the thigh out of jealousy for the limbs she lost as a child. And Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) revealed in a shocking flashback how she lost her legs to a chainsaw after being drugged and trapped into starring in a snuff film back in Weimar Germany.