‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ EP and Cast Talk Taking on Dark Roles, What’s Ahead

Fans got a bit more insight into the history of Hotel Cortez and The Countess got a new boy toy in last night’s episode of American Horror Story: Hotel.

The hotel was built by the sadistic Mr. March, who murdered people for literally no reason. Hotel Cortez was to serve as a murder labyrinth of sorts, complete with secret hallways and hidden rooms, that were meant to conceal March’s atrocities. AHS vet Evan Peters has played dark characters before in the series, but this year’s psychopath is definitely his most intense role yet.

“There was one point, I won’t say what part it was, but I was sitting there and there was a lot of blood and it was definitely an intense moment. I was sitting there and we were in between takes and I kind of stood there and said, “Wow man. I’ve done five seasons and this is starting to really get to me. It’s starting to get a little weird. I’m starting to see things a little differently. I think I’ve got to kind of step out for a minute and get back to reality because you become desensitized to it.”,” the actor revealed to Variety, “But at the end of the day, it’s a TV show and you can separate the two and leave work at home. That’s what’s so cool about being with this crew and the same cast. That everybody sort of knows everybody so it’s kind of like wow, here we go again. We’re pretty much all insane and we’re all kind of together on it making this crazy thing. It’s nice to see friendly faces in such a crazy atmosphere so it’s all good.”

Wes Bentley’s Detective Lowe seems to be falling deeper and deeper under the spell of the hotel, which is already starting to negatively (or…more negatively) affect his marriage to wife Alex (Chloë Sevigny).

“It’s a real troubled relationship, and there’s more to it than what seems to be their problem,” Bentley told The Hollywood Reporter about his character’s troubled marriage. “There are more problems buried underneath, and we learn more about that as these episode go on. Episode three is big for that. So far, there’s a little bit of revelation in each episode about these characters and their relationship. We start to see their problems. But we’ll also see their connection — the love and the answers to why they’re together.”

The Lowes aren’t the only ones with relationship troubles. The Countess’ long-term kept man Donovan (Matt Bomer) was kicked to the curb last night and replaced with a younger, more tantrum-y version, model Tristan (Finn Wittrock). So what’s next for the poor guy?

“Well he’s adrift,” teases Ryan Murphy. “In episode 3, he meets somebody else who has also been hurt badly by The Countess, which is Angela Bassett’s character Ramona Royale. So they team up and are quite good together. It’s all mayhem and bloodshed and revenge.”

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