Ask each fan to rate their favorite American Horror Story (AHS) Season, and you’ll likely hear a lot of different opinions about which is the best — and the scariest. So it’s fun to hear Evan Peters talk about which season is his favorite season. The anthology series just wrapped season 11, AHS: New York.
Everyone AHS Season tells a different story, but sometimes the characters are connected. Many of the same actors return in different roles each season – and Peters has appeared in nine seasons. Sarah Paulson is the only other performer with a similar track record.
Peters plays one of the memorable villains, Tate Langdon, who debuted on The One AHS: Murder House (season one). Fans initially love Tate until we get to know him better. We realize he was a high school mass shooter and is now a ghost. But fans still like the troubled teenager, especially since his love for Violet is so sweet.
Then Tate crosses a line. He sexually assaults Violet’s mother and viewers despise him as she dies after giving birth to her demon baby. Of course, when Violet finds out about this, the love affair is over.
Peters portrays a slew of equally wacky and evil AHS characters. He’s Kit Walker on AHS: Asylum (season two), Kylie Spencer onward AHS: Circle (season three) and Jimmy Darling on AHS: freak show (season four).
Next, Peters played James Patrick March on AHS: Hotel (season five), which fans voted as their favorite Peters character in a Reddit poll. Peters then continued playing Rory Monahan and Edward Philippe Mott AHS: Roanoke (season six).
On AHS: Cult (Season Seven) Peters will play seven characters, including cult leaders Kai Anderson, Charles Manson, David Koresh, Jim Jones, and Marshall Applewhite. He also plays Andy Warhol, and his “Factory” crew is portrayed as cult-like. In an unexpected twist, Peters also appears as Jesus Christ.
On AHS: Apocalypse (season eight) plays Peters Mr. Gallant and Jeff Pfister. After skipping AHS: 1984 (season nine) Peters returned as Austin Sommers AHS: Double Feature (Season 10).
In an interview with GQ, Peters said AHS: Murder House (Season 1) is his favorite season – and Tate is his favorite character. “We didn’t know what it was, I didn’t know it was going to be an anthology series… I didn’t know I was going to play another role… I was just happy to have a cool role…”
Peters said he loves the character Tate and mentioned during the interview that one line in the character description said, “You don’t know if he’s going to kiss you or kill you.” Peters said, “I thought, huh, that’s weird and interesting …” Tate and Violet both appear (as ghosts) in the sixth episode of AHS: apocalypse, “Return to the murder house.”
Viewers can see them reuniting to potentially spend eternity together if Violet forgives him for all the evil things he has done. As it turns out, Tate may have just been a terrible rapist because the house was evil, not him. The writers gave fans a happy ending to the couple’s dark romance.
Discussing how exhausting it is playing darker roles, Peters said, “It’s really mentally exhausting and you never want to go to those places in your life,” he said while discussing why he wasn’t in it AHS Season 9. “And so you have to go there for the scenes, and in the end it sort of integrates into your life,” he said.
Peter’s presence was missed AHS: 1984, but show co-creator Ryan Murphy said Peters needed a well-deserved break after portraying some of the most horrifying cult leaders in American history. In relation to AHS: cult, Murphy said during an interview, “He really suffered doing it, it took him, I don’t know…two years to recover?”
Peters returned for AHS: Double Feature but not in the eleventh season, AHS: New York. This time around, it’s certainly not because he needs a mental break to play dark characters, as he recently starred as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer on Netflix Monsters: The Story of Jeffrey Dahmer.
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