December 14, 2011 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'American Horror Story': Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott Tease 'Birth'
When will Ben (Dylan McDermott) and Vivien (Connie Britton) find out that their daughter, Violet (Taissa Farmiga) is dead? Will Violet learn that Tate (Evan Peters) is the father to one of her mother’s twins? Why are all the ghosts in Murder House so baby crazy?
With just two episodes of FX’s American Horror Story remaining, McDermott tells The Hollywood Reporter that “everything that is outstanding right now is going to be resolved; we’ll cross the t’s, dot the i’s.”
“Ben is just hanging on by a string – as is Vivien," he says of the couple, who have had to deal with rape, home invasions, creepy neighbors and the spirits inside the haunted abode. “With everything that’s happened to their daughter, everything that the Harmons had hoped and wished for in coming to this house has turned to pure shit,” McDermott says.
While Violet learned her suicide was a success in last week’s episode, Ben and Vivien have yet to discover their daughter’s rapidly decaying body hidden beneath the house’s floorboards. “Ben is going to stumble upon [that Violet is dead] at a certain point,” McDermott teases. “I think he’s the most in denial of anything. In the next few episodes, he definitely understands the information of what has happened.”
Meanwhile, Vivien will be focused on other things in Wednesday’s “Birth” episode – namely delivering the twins fathered by both Ben and Tate.
“Vivien had a lot of time to do some thinking in the loony bin,” Britton tells THR. “She’s not driven crazy, she’s made to think she’s crazy because the house is so insane and what happened to her in the house. I believe when she comes out [of the mental facility], it’s about giving birth to her babies and keeping the babies safe.”
With baby-crazed ghosts including Nora (Lily Rabe), Hayden (Kate Mara), Chad (Zachary Quinto) and Pat (Teddy Sears) – not to mention nosy grandmother-to-be Constance (Jessica Lange) – all clamoring for the kids, Britton says the fight to protect her children – including the “demon baby” -- will make Vivien stronger.
“Everybody in the house is dealing with darkness and infidelity and all of those issues: they’re so desperately clamoring for something,” Britton says. “What ‘Birth’ represents is a lightness and a new life and they’re all clamoring for life. She’s going to be fighting with every ounce of herself for those babies; those babies make her stronger.”
Adds McDermott: “Wait until you see what’s coming, it’s going to blow your mind.”
American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.