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[Warning: The following story contains spoilers from Wednesday’s episode of American Horror Story.]
During Wednesday’s “Open House” installment of FX’s American Horror Story, Larry’s (Denis O’Hare) motivation for attempting to extort money from Ben (Dylan McDermott) was revealed: He has a romantic history with Constance (Jessica Lange).
The Hollywood Reporter checked in with O’Hare to find out why Larry would continue to pursue someone who’s verbally abusive and why he’d be willing to kill for Constance as well as the truth about Larry’s burns.
The Hollywood Reporter: Larry told his wife he wanted to be with Constance and suggested she leave town. Will we see more of Larry and Constance’s relationship in future episodes?
Denis O’Hare: Yes, an upcoming episode will offer more information on Larry’s back story and it shows what happened after Larry’s family died and it shows the new household that Larry formed with Constance and her family, which is quite fascinating. There will be more back story detailing how he was burned; as of yet, we still don’t know.
THR: It wasn’t when Larry discovers his wife setting the room on fire? Is Constance tied to how he was burned?
O’Hare: No. It’s unrelated and completely out of left field. There’s a great hint in the basement — they have a scene before he kills Joe (the real estate developer) when he has a reunification with Constance and tells her he loves her, and she says, “Look what you did to yourself, look at what the house did to you” and he says, “The house didn’t do this to me, you did this to me.” That’s the first indication you get of how he was burned.
THR: Wednesday’s episode sees Larry kill both Joe, who was looking to buy and demolish the house, and Constance’s son in the attic, Bo. To what lengths will he go to for Constance?
O’Hare: It’s almost as if Larry has been reduced to being Constance’s henchman. Once he’s come under her power and once she favors him with a little bit of attention she’s got him and now he will do her bidding. It’s almost as if he’s her creature, in a strange way. There are no lengths to which he won’t go. But we’ll discover as we move on to the end game that everybody has their limits and everybody has the possibility of redemption and/or waking up and that goes for Larry, too.
THR: Why is Larry continuing to pursue Constance when she treats him horribly?
O’Hare: Two things: One, he’s truly smitten. Constance is an extraordinary creature and she exerts an extraordinary power. He is under her spell in a way. The other reason is because he’s given up everything for her. He has nothing left. He’s basically sacrificed his family, his home, his future, his identity and his existence. Having made that decision, he has no choice but to cling to that one scrap of hope and he hopes to come back to her.
THR: What would redemption or waking up look like for Larry?
O’Hare: For Larry, redemption is release. In this show, release can be anything from death to having your bones disinterred and moved. It means release from the burden that he carries. The burden he carries is a certain kind of guilt and a certain kind of twisted relationship with the house and Constance.
THR: It was also revealed that Larry didn’t kill his wife and daughters yet they died in the house. Could we ultimately see them surface as ghosts?
O’Hare: Quite possibly. Given the nature of the show and the nature of that house, anything and everything is possible. Characters are not necessarily gone just because they’ve been killed. There’s a very good possibility that could happen. We haven’t seen the kids yet. We just shot an episode last week that has a lot of twists and turns and a lot of strange things in the past that occur.
THR: What’s Larry’s connection to Bo?
O’Hare: I think Bo is Constance’s child from her first husband, the one she murdered. Constance has this pull to get back into the house and she’ll use what ever she needs to get back in. The house obviously meaning more than simply a place to live. Part of her game plan with Larry and his family was to seduce him and thereby become part of the household again as Larry’s mistress. It doesn’t work out so well for Larry.
THR: What will Larry do next in his bid to get the house for himself now that extortion and selling the house to a developer haven’t worked?
O’Hare: I’m not sure Larry’s end game is to get the Harmons out; his end game is to stay attached to Constance and to stay in proximity to the house. I’m not sure that Larry can afford to buy the house. But as long as he can have a relationship with it, he’ll be happy. With the Harmons, if they want to stay and live a pathetic shattered life, so be it. As long as Larry can share that life, he’s fine with that. He could become friends with Violet, he could become intimate with Vivien, what ever he needs to do to remain in the orbit of Constance and the house.
THR: What are the chances Bo is connected to the Rubber Man?
O’Hare: I don’t have that answer but the Rubber Man is revealed an upcoming episode.
THR: How is Larry connected to the Rubber Man?
O’Hare: He’s connected in a very odd way, which you’ll find out in Episode 10 (laughs). There is a master plan in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk‘s brain.
THR: What is it about the house and children? There have been several that have died in the house — Tate, Larry’s kids, Bo, all the unborn children who died at the hands of Dr. Charles Montgomery …
O’Hare: Ultimately, I think it’s more of a thematic metaphor. I think it would be unsatisfying if the answer were really simple, like the abortion doctor operated out of there and the children want revenge. I think it’s something much deeper that for whatever reasons this house has the power that it has. Part of that power involves the unhappiness and the unraveling of families and the devouring of children. I love the fact that the show doesn’t give us neat, formulaic responses.
American Horror Story airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX.
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