The long-awaited first episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum" has finally aired, and viewers barely got a chance to draw a breath before the smut factor kicked in and new questions popped up! Forget last year's murder house, we're in the asylum now, and the vibe just got creepier than ever. Characters were introduced, hints were dropped, and now, the puzzle solving begins. Let's take a look at some of the biggest questions and clues from Episode 1.
Sister Jude's emphasis of "hellhole"
Early on in the episode, journalist, Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) arrived at Briarcliff Manor to ask Sister Jude (Jessica Lange) some questions, and during their conversation, Sister Jude emphasized the fact that before it was an asylum, the place was a hellhole. What we know is that the asylum used to be a tuberculosis ward, where thousands of people died and were disposed of in something called a "death chute." Sounds like the place where all those bodies ended up could be referred to as a "hellhole," and it's very possible that Sister Jude knows more about it than she is currently letting on.
Did Kit kill his wife?Fans of the first season were thrilled to see Evan Peters return, this time as a young man named Kit Walker. He entered the asylum as the killer, Bloody Face, and was accused of killing several women, including his wife. The story is that he slices them up and has been seen wearing a mask made of skin. Gross, right? Well, what we saw of the event suggests that he couldn't possibly have killed his wife. When she screamed, he was outside the house, blinded by a light from above. When he spoke to Sister Jude, she said he'd told police that he saw little green men. That's right, we're talking aliens! Before we dismiss this, let's take a look back in time. In 1964 (the year this season's "American Horror Story" is set), a man named Donald Shrum experienced an alien encounter with some similarities. Shrum reported a blinding light from above before being surrounded by three "beings." Knowing that alien sightings made headlines in 1964 means it isn't quite so far-fetched that Kit's storyline might follow a similar path.
Is Grace trustworthy?Lizzie Brochere was one of this year's new signings, and she plays Grace, another inmate at the asylum. She took an instant interest in Kit, telling him she isn't crazy and sneaking food to his cell after he'd been punished for fighting. She told him he could trust her, but can he? It might be too soon to tell, but everyone needs an ally, and chances are, Grace will be a good one.
Is there a link between Dr. Arden and Kit?Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) is clearly not a likable character. Sister Jude questioned his autopsy skills and pretty much accused him of killing off the patients in his care. Numerous deaths occurred since he arrived, and Sister Jude pointed out that the "victims" were all people without family, implying that he realized nobody would go looking for them. Arden was quick to deny her accusations, but his actions have been far more sinister than Sister Jude knows. Instead of cremating the dead bodies, he chops them up and has Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) feed them to … something in the woods. Keeping in mind that Arden targets people with no family, is it possible that he could be behind the Bloody Face murders, therefore, picking on Kit and his wife because they are isolated from their families?
What is in the locked cell?In a very gripping opening sequence, newlyweds, Leo (Adam Levine) and Theresa (Jenna Dewan Tatum) entered Briarcliff Manor in the present day. The place is in ruins, and while they explored, they heard a noise coming from behind a locked door. When Leo put his arm through the peephole window, something grabbed at it, then tore it off. Is the thing behind the door the same as the thing Sister Mary Eunice used to feed back in the '60s? And if so, what is it, and why is it still alive?
These are just a few of the questions that sprang to mind from Episode 1, and no doubt, even more will crop up next week, hopefully along with a few answers!