Then, there is Ben's patient, Tate (Evan Peters, Invasion), who is psychotic. He dreams of murdering people that he likes. Violet somehow strikes up a friendship with him (does Ben not escort his patient out of his house?), and the two become close, sharing secrets. Though Tate tells her one should never hurt those he loves. When Violet is threatened by a bully, Tate convinces her to lure the girl to the basement of the Harmons' home, where Tate and some goblin-like creature hurt and terrify her. It also disturbs Violet, but Tate acts like nothing is wrong. So is he part of the house, too, and can come and go as he pleases? Or is he just such a dark soul that he is drawn in by whatever dwells there?
American Horror Story lives in a specific world, with set rules that govern it, just like all worlds. The more creepy characters get these rules, and know how to not just survive, but thrive within them. They may even contribute to creating them, though how in control any of them are is uncertain. Since the show seems so sure of itself, it definitely holds an attraction, even for those confused. We might not get what it is going for, yet, but there's a confidence behind it that says that the writers and producers do. This is masterful film making and storytelling, more than worth a watch.
Check out American Horror Story Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.