And the Emmy goes to…

Television’s biggest night has finally come…and on a Monday! It’s been a while since the celebration has taken place on this night, but host Seth Meyers, the new Late Night frontman, has most everyone excited. Well. Let’s go right into who will and should win, shall we?

Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective
Will and Should Win: Hands down Breaking Bad. This is a show that will hands down become one of the greatest television series in history and it helps that with all of the influxes of poorly done finales, “Felina” was anything but. And did I mention “Ozymandias”. Yeah. Enough said. The reigning champ may have won last year when the actual final episodes were airing, but I think Season 5b will still take it over it’s main competitor this year: True Detective, a show that has earned equal praise.

Outstanding Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Should Win: A lot of strong comedies came to play this year. The biggest surprise nomination, and definietly one that made me ecstatic: Silicon Valley. That show had me laughing more than I would have ever thought. As did Veep. But although it’s dark humor makes you a bit more depressed over a laugh at times, in terms of what’s in the category, Louie had it’s best season to date. With the “Elevator” and “Pamela” arcs, and of course the much talked about opener “So Did the Fat Lady,” Louie deserves this.
Will win: With four wins under it’s belt, saying Modern Family should be the thing to do. But Veep but fan favorite Orange has a lot going for it. I’d like to go out on a limb though and give this to Veep, a show that started small and grew to a fan favorite with the presidential campaign driven season. But OITNB has the momentum and will probably make history for Netflix.

Outstanding Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde
The White Queen
Will and Should Win: Let’s all save out breath. Fargo.

Outstanding TV Movie
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart
Sherlock: His Last Vow
The Trip to Bountiful
Will and Should Win: In a relatively weak category, Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart, and it’s line of great performances, will take the prize.

Lead Actor in a Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Should Win: This is a tight race, especially when Jeff Daniels somehow walked away with the statue last year. So who really knows, but the talk is all over a Cranston-McConaughey brawl. Going with the “Ozymandias” submission, Cranston’s portrayal of Walt stands to win.
Will Win: Considering McConaughey has the momentum of his Oscar win earlier this year, it’s really hard to say. For a show that was loved, it would be odd to see it walk away empty handed in any major category. Even as I am write this literally write now, my mind was about to say McConaughey, but my gut is still telling me Cranston. Breaking Bad has become a cultural phenomenon. I really can’t say anything else.

The Good Wife
Lead Actress in a Drama
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Should Win: In a category that always seems to small to fit the whole deserving lot (TATIANA MASLANY THIS IS YOURS), this is what we were dealt. Caplan finally found the role she was born to play. Wright had that abortion interview. But I’ve got to give this to Julianna Margulies. The Good Wife has been in my top five favorite shows of all time since I started watching once the first season ended, even with it’s under-appreciated fourth season that some criticize. But Season 5. The season that had everyone talking. We got to see an empowered Alicia in the beginning and a mourning Alicia in it’s finality. Margulies does so much with so little and deserves this award every year. Especially to make up from last year’s snub.
Will Win: Claire Danes took it from Kerry Washington last year who had everything going for her. Washington good win but I think she spent to much time acting behind a lamp to win this. Wright just won the Golden Globe (for the first season may I add though), but I don’t know if I’m thinking too much with my heart, but I’ll give it to Margulies again. The Good Wife somehow got snubbed in the Drama Series category and with Baranski going to lose out to Gunn, Margulies could be the saving grace.

Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Martin Freeman, Fargo
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Should Win: Billy Bob Thorton’s hilarious, satirical role in Fargo was great, but I honestly think Martin Freeman played the balance timidity and wickedness perfectly and should go home with the award.
Will Win: Mark Ruffalo could take it, but Thorton has too much word of mouth to not win.

Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Minnie Driver, Return to Zero
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Coven
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Kristen Wiig, The Spoils of Babylon
Will and Should Win: This year I think it’s down between the two Coven leading ladies (although Tyson could take it). FINALLY we get to see Sarah Paulson in on a nomination for this show, especially after her breakthrough in Asylum. Lange is fantastic as always, but Paulson went through so much (snake sex scenes and ripping her eyes out to name a few) to truly deserve this Emmy. And as voters had the sense to get around to giving her the nom, I think they’ll have enough sense to give her the win.

Lead Actor in a Comedy
Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Should Win: I just recently watched both seasons of Derek and was so surprised by it. I was laughing. I even cried (yes I am admitting that…but the dog!). Ricky Gervais gave us more heart than snark. A month ago I would have said C.K., but I have to give this to Gervais.
Will Win: Gervais honestly could win this (remember Extras?), and Macy finally got recognition for a beloved role. Voters may also recognize C.K. too. But I think they’ll play it safe here and go with the usual Parsons. Sadly.

Lead Actress in a Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
Will and Should Win: A category that I can again save your efforts of reading: Julia. Louis. Dreyfus. (But we love you Leslie Knope!).

Supporting Actor in a Drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Will and Should Win: Charles had a great run with his obvious role in “Hitting the Fan” and his final moments. Dinklage had the trial. But Paul, in a slightly “smaller” role in the final arc, still went through so much pain in the end. Yet he got his happy ending. And Paul should too.

Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Will and Should Win: Anna Gunn not only gave the best performance for her “Ozymandias” submission in this category. She gave the best performance of any actor in this year’s entire lineup. And of all in television. And of all in cinema. That is all.

Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia
Tony Hale, Veep
Should Win: The underloved Brooklyn Nine-Nine found one of two nominations here (it won for its Stunt nomination). Braugher’s deadpan role always had the last laugh and for that should take the win.
Will Win: Braugher really could win this, but I’ll go with last year’s deserving winner, Hale.

Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Should and Will Win: Mulgrew turned a character you could have hated into someone you loved. Allison Janney is, well, Allison Janney, and a show that could have been campy turned out to have a lot of heart. Did I mention that Janney was beyond hilarious? I say Chlumsky though who had so many great moments, we all want to go to a dinner party with her.

Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock
Will and Should Win: Bomer is the favorite and will take it home.

Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
Will and Should Win: The Coven ladies are all great. But all eyes are on newcomer Allison Tolman who was the emotional core to Fargo and was the one that gave you reason to root against the anti-heroes. She has the rare acting ability to show so much with just her eyes and that sincerity gives her all the more reason for her first Emmy.

In many of the technical, writing and directing categories, expect a lot of Breaking Bad wins (again, Moira Walley-Beckett. Ozymandias.) like Vince Vince Giliigan for directing (we love you Rian Johnson!). Jodie Foster may even be a winner (directing nod for Orange). Fargo should sweep a lot of its categories. All in all, expect the headlines for tomorrow to read Breaking Bad leads wins in last night’s Emmys.

So. That’s it. Anything you agree with? Disagree with? Heck. Is there anybody you WISH was on these lists (cause I sure do still have quite a few bones to pick with this Academy!). Write off in the comments!

And the Emmy nominations will be…

Everyone! It. Is. Here. The Emmys, television’s most prestigious award’s ceremony, is finally about to crown the honor of “just being nominated” bright and early tomorrow morning. So, I’m here to give some of my own knowledge on what I think will be nominated and what should be [which can be quite a big difference].

Before I get to that though, I’d like to talk a bit about myself, so if you just want to go straight to the statistics, skip through this. Anyway, as some may know, I am a Film Production major. Meaning, I’m studying how to make films. What I’ve noticed over the past few years, though, is how much more into television I am than movies. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some film, but I’ve seen a trend where I end up binge watching classic shows and everything else that is critically acclaimed present time [with my own share of guilty television reality show pleasures] instead of heading out to the movies to catch both good and bad flicks.

Recently, I’ve started watching old classics that I’ve yet to see like Mary Tyler Moore and Seinfeld (don’t judge me!) and am already planning on hitting one of the big HBO megas, The SopranosThe Wire and Six Feet Under once I finish up a few things now. I feel like this is sort of a nudge that, hey! Maybe you should head into television! Considering I’m not even sure what “technical” part of the film industry my destiny holds, who knows where I’ll end up. But it’s definitely something I’m considering!

Back to business. I must give a disclaimer first off. I watch a lot of television. I also have other things to do in life. So even though I’ve tried so hard to get everything in before this day, just like my Oscar ballots, there are a few things I haven’t seen. However, the only major contender that I’ve only happened to see half of the first season of is The Big Bang Theory. Then the shows I’ve only watched about half of and are working on (Nurse Jackie, Homeland, Veep, True Detective ]I literally started that last night and am only two in! SHOOT ME!], Bates Motel). But for some, I have seen plenty to make some early decisions.

Now let’s get to the nominations!

Best Drama Series

What Will Be Nominated

1. Breaking Bad

2. Game of Thrones

3. True Detective

4. Masters of Sex

5. The Good Wife

6. Mad Men

What Should Be Nominated

1. Breaking Bad

2. Game of Thrones

3. True Detective

4. Masters of Sex

5. The Good Wife

6. The Americans

If there’s anyone that has been watching any sort of Drama series, you know that there has been some seriously good…well. Serious TV. A lot is going to be left out. If the cards fall right, there isn’t that big a difference between what will and should get noms for this category.  Having to personally decide which is the most deserving to even win should be interesting though. Breaking Bad wrapped a series that is already being considered as one of the greatest TV series of all time (one word: OZYMANDIAS), The Good Wife, by far network television’s best series, made some swift changes to reawaken its audience that must have slept through season 4, and Game of Thrones, which managed to finish off its best [and bloodiest] season to date are all for sure. Then, with True Detective, a show that I think should still be in the Mini-series category (HBO just wants another Drama series win!) and Masters of Sex, a show that could have been campy and awkward but was as scientific as it was the new Mad Men, are welcomed and expected editions. Personally, I’m expecting a near shut out for The Americans, a show that somehow found a way to improve leaps and bounds from an already fantastic first season. So you’ll be seeing a lot of “should” for that to come. House of Cards could sneak in, but my gut tells me that it could be replaced this year for Masters of Sex. Again, The Americans will probably be overlooked for Mad Men, another one of television’s finest, but with such a short season that really picked up in its final three episodes, will still take the last spot.

Best Comedy Series

What Will Be Nominated

1. Modern Family

2. The Big Bang Theory

3. Veep

4. Orange is the New Black

5. Louie

6. Girls

What Should Be Nominated

1. Veep

2. Louie

3. Silicon Valley

4. Orange is the New Black

5. Brooklyn Nine Nine

6. Girls

There are some definite locks for this: Veep, Louie (special round of applause for this season please!), Modern Family and The Big Band Theory. OITNB has so much buzz and love it should get the nomination leaving the final spot for either Girls or Brooklyn Nine Nine, both deserving. Too bad that HBO’s newest sitcom, Silicon Valley, which was as smart and witty as its Pied Piper creators, probably won’t find a spot, because it was easily one of TV’s best comedies to come out of the season.

Best Drama Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex

2. Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

3. Matthew McConaughey – True Detective

4. Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

5. Jon Hamm – Mad Men

6. Woody Harrelson – True Detective

What Should Be Nominated

1. Michael Sheen – Masters of Sex

2. Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

3. Matthew McConaughey – True Detective

4. Woody Harrelson – True Detective

5. Matthew Rhys – The Americans

6. Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Many returning actors should be expected, but Matthew McConaughey, who has already won an Oscar this year, could give Bryan Cranston a run for his money, possibly getting him halfway to EGOT in just a few months. Jeff Daniels, last year’s very surprising winner, could return, but I really think that Michael Sheen/Woody Harrelson will both trump the last two spots to knock him out of contention.

Best Drama Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife

2. Lizzy Caplan – Masters of Sex

3. Claire Danes – Homeland

4. Robin Wright – House of Cards

5. Elizabeth Moss – Mad Men

6. Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black

What Should Be Nominated

1. Julianna Marguies – The Good Wife

2. Lizzy Caplan – Masters of Sex

3. Robin Wright – House of Cards

4. Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black

5. Keri Russell – The Americans

6. Claire Danes – Homeland

The women of dramatic television this year continue to add some of the most interesting layers to their respective series more than ever. Another category with many returns, and hopefully some new fresh faces. Tatiana Maslany proves every week just how much she should have gotten a nom a year ago and with the show getting more word-of-mouth buzz in each coming episode, she should join the race. Kerry Washington could return as she is still captivating on Scandal, but with its weakest season under its belt (and with all those lamps and chairs that covered her up all year), I’d say that Lizzy Caplan, who finally found the role she was meant to play, will be another newcomer.

Best Comedy Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theory

2. Louis C.K. – Louie

3. Matt LeBlanc – Episodes

4. Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine Nine

5. William H. Macy – Shameless

6. Don Cheadle – House of Lies

What Should Be Nominated

1. Louis C.K. – Louie

2. Thomas Middleditch – Silicon Valley

3. Chris Messina – The Mindy Project

4. Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine Nine

5. Adam Scott – Parks and Recreation

6. Jim Parsons – The Big Bang Theoy

This is probably the biggest “wild card” category. With actor’s like Don Cheadle who’ve been in the mix (WHY?) and even the [still deserving] Matt LeBlanc, it’s hard to tell where the votes will go. I also wouldn’t be surprised finding fan favorite, Shameless, getting some love because of its switch to Comedy over Drama this year. Regardless, we all know we’ll see Parsons and C.K. here. But Chris Messina, who gave us as much sarcasm as he did tears, would be great to see for The Mindy Project, as would Middleditch and his awkward quirk.

Best Comedy Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

3. Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black

4. Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

5. Lena Dunham – Girls

6. Emmy Rossum – Shameless

What Should Be Nominated

1. Amy Poehler – Parks and Recreation

2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep

3. Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black

4. Mindy Kahling – The Mindy Project

5. Lena Dunham – Girls

6. Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

This is Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ race to lose, leaving many of the same in her tracks as in years past. It would be great to see the lovably selfish Mindy Kahling find love (who has those weird odds that I can never explain since she is announcing the nominees. A: it could be she will be nominated so we can see her reaction. B: it’s a nice gesture because she won’t be nominated), but even though Emmy Rossum may not have necessarily been giving off the most laughs, she could find a home in this new category along with Taylor Schilling.

Best Drama Supporting Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

2. Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

3. Dean Norris – Breaking Bad

4. Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

5. Josh Charles – The Good Wife

6. Jeffrey Wright – Boardwalk Empire

What Should Be Nominated

1. Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

2. Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones

3. Charles Dance – Game of Thrones

4. Josh Charles – The Good Wife

5. Dean Norris – Breaking Bad

6. Noah Emmerich – The Americans

 I do not watch neither Ray Donovan nor Boardwalk Empire, featuring these two actors getting quite a lot of buzz. So I’m putting them in cause of my instincts. But I would love to see more love for The Americans and Game of Thrones, especially for Charles Dance, who was finally submitted in the category by HBO this year.

Best Drama Supporting Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

2. Maggie Smith – Downton Abbey

3. Christina Hendricks – Mad Men

4. Betsy Brandt – Breaking Bad

5. Christine Barinski – The Good Wife

6. Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

What Should Be Nominated

1. Anna Gunn – Breaking Bad

2. Alison Wright – The Americans

3. Betsy Brandt – Breaking Bad

4. Annet Mahendru – The Americans

5. Maise Williams – Game of Thrones

6. Christine Barinski – The Good Wife

I’m going to spend my words here to mostly talk about The American’s side leading ladies. Annet has given us one of TV’s most complicated performances this year making ourselves even wonder whose side she’s on. And then there’s Alison Wright, the alter ego of Martha Clark Westerfeld. Nobody probably is putting her name up for consideration and I ask you: why not? Her scenes are priceless. Her accent is spot on. And should I mention we got to see her drunk this year? No matter, this category hands down belongs to Anna Gunn who arguably gave the greatest performance by any actor/actress of any given genre in any category throughout all of this year. Once again, I give you: OZYMANDIAS.

Best Comedy Supporting Actor

What Will Be Nominated

1. Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine Nine

2. Ty Burrell – Modern Family

3. Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family

4. Christopher Evan Welch – Silicon Valley

5. Adam Driver – Girls

6. Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family

What Should Be Nominated

1. Andre Bauer – Brooklyn Nine Nine

2. Christopher Evan Welch – Silicon Valley

3. Zach Woods – Silicon Valley

4. T.J. Miller – Silicon Valley

5. Nick Offerman – Parks and Recreation

6. Jesse Tyler Ferguson – Modern Family

What does Ron Swanson have to do?

Best Comedy Supporting Actress

What Will Be Nominated

1. Sofia Vergara – Modern Family

2. Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory

3. Merritt Wever – Nurse Jackie

4. Kate Mulgrew – Orange is the New Black

5. Allison Janney – Mom

6. Anna Chlumsky – Veep

What Should Be Nominated

1. Chelsea Peretti – Brooklyn Nine Nine

2. Stephanie Beatriz – Brooklyn Nine Nine

3. Melissa Fumero – Brooklyn Nine Nine

4. Merritt Wever – Nurse Jackie

5. Kate Mulgrew – Orange is the New Black

6. Allison Janney – Mom

Clearly I think the Brooklyn Nine Nine cast is deserving. The show has become a hilarious critical marvel because of its cast. And it’s a rather large cast, making it harder for so many to shine, but yet they do! Between Beatriz’ monotonous persona, Fumero’s Little Miss Perfect, and One of the Great’s, Chelsea Peretti and her spot on physical humor and sharp delivery, they have helped make the show.  Chlumsky and Wever won’t saying “gotta go, byeeee” and also expect a lot of love for the female driven OITNB. Mulgrew should and will get the nom, but I can easily see Cox getting the nomination honestly mainly because the Emmys would love to nominate the first transgender and a deserving nomination. However, Janney had a huge year between Masters of Sex and Mom (a show that is as funny as it is endearing, plus, criminally underrated if I do say so myself) and I can see her getting a double nomination for the two.

So those are the major categories. I didn’t too into writing out the Mini-Series, Made for TV Movie, and the techincal categories, but expect a lot of Fargo (Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thorton, Allison Tolman[!]), American Horror Story: Coven (how many acting categories can it fill up?), and The Normal Heart. And I’ve got my fingers crossed for every the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series to literally be filled to the brim with the ladies of Louie, who made it its best season yet.

Now as I post this, the nominations are only a few hours away. So time to finished this up [with the many spelling mistakes, non-alphabetized, rarely used italics]! Until to tomorrow…well. Today.


Animal Horror Story

After the news that just released today from creator of the hit series, American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy’s confirmation that Season 4 of the mini-series will be a period piece that is set in the 1950s, featuring a German accent by veteran Jessica Lange. As in every final arc of AHS, fans of the show are analyzing every moment and word to catch clues that snuck in to hint at the next season’s location., I present to you in what I do not only believe as theory, but fact (as I am that confident).

Following last week’s episode that featured some peculiar additions to the show, I already had my head spinning with ideas that revolved around one subject: animal cruelty. What kicked that off? The random picture of a dog that appeared under the Google Images beside the infamous witch hunting father son only to be followed by the murder of mice placed in a magic maze being used for witchcraft. Fear not, I have proof my submission (Twitter is a reliable source in case you were wondering).

Brandon Moncada‏ @PogiFilipino

I have my 1st #AmericanHorrorStory setting theory from 2 things: the dog pic in Google images; animal cruelty of mice RIGHT after. #VET

11:11 PM – 8 Jan 2014

After tonight’s episode (which inspired me so much to return after a year long hiatus…New Year’s Resolutions can happen!), I couldn’t help but ensure my stamp of approval on this topic, for tonight was huge.

Opening up the night had a significant scene involving Kathy Bates’ Madame LaLaurie and her daughter in a flashback where they behead a chicken for dinner. It was drawn out, dramatic, and after the showing of the decapitation, the overuse of blood squirting out made the scene memorable to say the least. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, animal cruelty. Now may I encourage vegetarianism to forever prevent the slaughter and torture of both animals and, according to LaLaurie, human beings.

The key scene that should be most noted was after Fiona and The Axeman seemingly slept together. After showing Fiona an old picture, an eerie screech quietly fills with ambience as Fiona asks us to imagine her as a “farmer’s wife.” Get that into your head for a second.

In other news, Madame LaLaurie is a stupid cow to Marie. Coincidence? I think not!

So can anyone else hear the ring of American Horror Story: Farm Life? Perhaps Animal Farm (if copyrights do not prohibit)? We’ll soon see when we all will “Go To Hell” in next week’s semi-finale.

Any thoughts or theories of your own? Do you still believe in the possibility of the circus location? Let us know!

A Gleeful Horror Story

It’s been a few weeks since American Horror Story: Asylum has signed off of entertaining America every

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Wednesday night, but news of the already upcoming third season hasn’t quieted yet. With a flush of actors from this past season already confirmed to return, including Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, and even season one star, Taissa Farmiga, the star studded cast already is lined up to give us all quite a ride.

But the real question is, what is that ride going to be? What will be the new title to follow the AHS theme next year? After a few hints within the final few episodes, Ryan Murphy confirms, fans have already come up with a slew of theories to conjure up a possible location (three to be exact) to next season’s thrilling journey!

For me, and what seems like most others, season three will most likely revolve around a few broomsticks, maybe a cauldron, a brewing romance (Murphy promises a Romeo + Juliet arc), and the home of Saints. What does that all tie back to? Witches. And where better to do that? New Orleans, among the other two.

Murphy explained that unlike last year’s hint through Sarah Paulson’s character, Billie Dean, and then Dylan McDermott in the imaginary mental institution, this year’s hints came in a different form and in my opinion had to be in what truly jump started Mr. Murphy’s most recent gleeful turn in the industry: song. Playing the first song on the brand new jukebox in the episode, “The Name Game,” Sister Jude made sure to play none of other than “I Put A Spell On You,” and only to be followed by “Love Potion No. 9” in the next episode, which Murphy also said included another nod.

So although the general idea is said to be witches, along with other theories about it being during the Salem Witch Trials and also possibly include voodoo or even politics, Murphy claimed a few weeks back that some people were on the right track, but never truly hit it home.

Could it be that everyone is getting bits and pieces right, but like this past season, it’s just a huge combination of everyone’s theories? Hard to tell at this point, but do you have any ideas of what could be in store to make up another great season of scares?

In the meantime, relive this riveting season two promo to hold you over until more info is here to come.

The Rave of Lily Rabe

AMERICAN HORROR STORY - Lily Rabe as Sister Eunice - Photo: Michael Yarish/FX
In its fluster of ghosts, babies, and Tami Taylor (oh how we love Connie Britton!), the gem of American
Horror Story‘s
first season was easily Jessica Lange’s return to television in her murderous and eerie portrayal as Constance, a mother and nieghbor of the arc’s murder house.

Returning for the second season’s Asylum as an old drunken singer turned crazed nun, Sister Jude was destined to be the scene stealer. Come October, Lange has by no means disappointed, but  a new star began to upstage Lange. Perhaps it was from the expectation of greatness, or the comparison to Constance’s different iconic ways, maybe it was the Boston accent. Regardless, Lily Rabe is not only the MVP of the jam-packed insanity that has been American Horror Story: Asylum, but easily stolen Lange’s title of the acting jewel.

As Sister Mary Eunice, the first few episodes found the quiet, outspoken, and introverted right hand woman to Sister Jude a pushover. Then, Satan struck. Literally. Following the excorism and death of a teenage boy who was thought to be possessed by a demon, instead of being banished from the asylum, the demon, which actually is the devil, himself, entered Mary Eunice’s innocent soul.

Ever since, Rabe has left audiences awestruck with her acting chops. Her composure as the confident and demonic nun gone bad has gone in my books as one of the greatest villainous performances in recent memory. Chill inducing scenes shined during Rabe’s complex mixture of sex appeal, cruelty, and purity that made her work so interesting and complicated.

It’s easy to still vivdly remember feeling goosebumps chill up my arm in the moment where she, out loud, argued with her two interior minds with Sister Jude, where she from one moment would be scolding as the devil and then in a moment of Mary Eunice’s child-like cry of her true self, would be damned as Satan took back control. To witness, in just seconds, an actress switch from cruelty, to tears and fear, and then screams of disgust in three, entirely different personas is not easy to do.

Then, the worst happened (SPOILER ALERT to those that have not seen January 3rd’s new episode after the winter hiatus). Sister Mary Eunice was thrown over the stairs by the monsignor to slowly, yet gracefully, fall to her death, a blood bath puddling around her head, her eyes eyes averting one final glare. This moment left me in shock. What would bring the showrunners to stop this damsel of delight. (Check out the gif below of  Rabe’s exploding alter egos before falling to her death!)


To make things worse, it almost seemed as though a shred of hope was possible (at least in my overly analytical mind). When Dr. Arden expressed his wishes to cremate her due to the demonic touch in her body’s cells, I thought maybe it was possible for Lily Rabe to live on with the help of this season’s most off-the-wall inclusion: the aliens.

The final scene proved to axe that thought, not only through Mary Eunice , but also Dr. Arden, who rode his way into cremation with her (anyone else notice the irony of the Nazi being burned to death?).

Lily Rabe has proven her feats, and my only hope is that she can continue her streak, along with season two’s other shining, new stars (ummm…anyone else been mesmerized by Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters?), in season 3. Hopefully, unlike the Golden Globes, some others will be recognized during the next Emmy ceremony. With such memorable scenes, from the beginnings  of the possession and the way the crucifix’s shudder from a blanket’s brush of air, to her final devious move in taking the monsignor’s virginity, Sister Mary Eunice will never be forgotten. May she rest in peace. The good part of her at least.

In the mean time, stay tuned for my thoughts on where season 3 will be headed since Ryan Murphy expressed that the hint to the next location was given in this week’s episode, “The Name Game!”

American Horror Story: Asylum Analysis

Since week one of the new season of American Horror Story: Asylum, I’ve had this theory of Grace not being real. A figment of Kit’s imagination and now, of Lana’s imagination. From the first episode, the way she was presented almost made her seem out of place.

From the fact that she wasn’t “crazy,” then the strange way she had a “job” where she could quietly and discreetly give food to Kit in his cell was awfully convenient. She never once came in any major contact with people either. When trying to pull away the man that was trying to hold down Kit, she was shakily shown through the camera trying to pull him back, but failed. Then, back to her food drop-off, she immediately disappears once a guard comes in.

Coming into the second episode of this season, called “Tricks and Treats,” I was prepared to analyze every moment she was in, making sure to be attentive to her surroundings in order to support this, to my knowledge, not even spoken of theory.

As the minutes progressed, the evidence to her inexistence skyrocketed.

The first major moment followed Lana’s ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), with the camera often shaking to show her possible transition into insanity. So once in the waiting-like room, writing down notes to remember in case the ECT wiped her memory, Kit walks in and has a “conversation” with Grace. Throughout the talk, whenever the shot was shown through Lana’s point of view, eavesdropping on their conversation, Lana’s head always covered where Grace would have been shown, and in the distorted background, all that was seen was Kit at the edge of Lana’s ear. Since she was covering up Grace, literally, perhaps this could have been the moment that Grace was slowly starting to dig her way into Lana’s mind and insanity (farfetched, yes, but stay with me).

Then, when seen through Kit’s point of view, Grace was actually shown, but only then through his eyes. So the second that Lana quickly writes down a note, which we can’t exactly see, I suspected that she was noting that Kit was actually crazy. Why wouldn’t he be? He’s having an imaginary conversation with himself. Why shouldn’t she remember that?

Finally, we get Lana’s first glimpse and confrontation with Grace: taking a steam bath, similar to one of the promos shown before (more on that later). Could Lana finally crossed over into insanity too, just like Kit who is presumed innocent? Possibly. The entire confrontation between the two turns into a desperate attempt for escape so maybe that desperation is what drives this Grace into these patients’ imaginations.

But the best, most concrete evidence that can be found for Grace’s inexistence comes in her three final scenes.

When giving her last plea to escape, but not allowing Kit to come, Lana gets her notepad stolen by Kit during her talk with Grace on the couch. With no notice as to how Kit would even know that Lana had a notepad for herself, it’s possible that Lana was either talking to herself, like a schizophrenic, or maybe even to Kit during that conversation. Kit had to of known in some way about Lana and her notes…

So later, during the exorcism, we see the patients all rushed back into their corridors. This is the first of two scenes I suggest watching back because they’re so crucial.

Lana returns to her cell, but right before we see a quick reaction shot of Grace walking into the cell which, from the shot, is directly across Lana’s cell. However, a few seconds later, Lana attentively peeks out the fenced window on her cell door and during the camera switch to her point of view, she looks directly across into the room from hers. Instead of seeing Grace, Kit sits down in his bed and makes direct eye contact with Lana.

The cinematography is what really makes this scene in particular, among the rest, actual hints to this idea.

But, with every good theory comes the counterpoint. The moment when all of the epiphanies and revelations gain that moment of doubt. That moment came when Sister Jude orders in Grace and Kit for their punishments is what truly disproves all of this long, overdrawn analysis.

With every counterargument, though, comes even better confirmation.

For starters, the cinematography and camera work was top notch, once again. The moment we see Kit and Grace dragged in by the two workers, we should be getting a double shot of the two actors walking in. Instead, even when the man that’s holding Grace is shown, Kit is always in our line of sight for Grace, and we can never see her for those brief few seconds.

That’s not what affirms this theory though. The affirmation for Grace being some sort of figment comes in the two or three seconds we see Kit and Grace lying on the table. Briefly, Grace double takes and looks at the glass with the cigarette in it. But why? Every shot and decision made is always done with reason in filmmaking.

When playing back, and with extra attention to the position of the glass, its seen in two different places in all but those two or three seconds. Of course, this could have been what many may find under a goof under, but the fact that the actors were directed to take a glimpse of the glass almost simultaneously disproves that.

First. The glass is to Kit’s right in the double shot of the two.


Second. It’s seen at Grace’s right

Finally. It’s back to Kit’s right.

All of these shots are one after another and since both Grace and Kit look at it in each of their takes makes is no coincidence.

So. Is the idea that Grace is too good to be true prove she’s not real? But how isn’t she real, and how does Jessica know of her existence and come into contact with her? Is she aware of her if she’s dead and maybe a ghost (season one, anyone?)?

I leave you with one final picture, which I’m not going to lie, did not even come into mind until I was writing the paragraph about Lana and Grace in the baths.

Remember this promo picture of that creepy nun that cries blood peeking out of this bath? It greatly resembles the baths that the two use, so does it could have some significance with Grace and the fact that she was able to cut herself out with that blade?

Approve? Disprove? Have any other proof supporting this Grace theory, or even refuting it? Speak out in the comments!

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