Evan Peters finally made his “American Horror Story” Season 6 debut on Wednesday and fans are loving his character, Edward Philippe Mott.
The actor, who has appeared in every season of the FX series to date, took to Instagram on Thursday to share a photo from the set. The picture featured Peters, 29, in full costume, sitting beside one of Edward’s beloved works of art. In the caption the actor thanks “American Horror Story” showrunners Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the many fans who have been tuning in season after season to the spooky show.
Peters appeared for the first time in Season 6 of “American Horror Story” in episode 5. During the show it is revealed that Edward is the original owner of the house Shelby (Sarah Paulson) and Matt (Cuba Gooding Jr.) are living and being haunted in. He was living there with his lover and a horde of servants, surrounded by works of art he’d grown to love. Before long he starts noticing strange things — children running through the halls, knives thrown through his headboard, his art destroyed. He blames the actions on his servants, banishing them to a bunker below ground with no food or water. He is then confronted by The Butcher (Kathy Bates), the real perpetrator of the mischief. She swiftly has him killed in the hopes that then she’ll be able to take her land back, but people continue moving in. None stay long — they’re either driven out or killed.
This brings us to Shelby and Matt, left battling The Butcher and her supporters with a blood moon in the sky. Edward reappears and attempts to lead them to safety, but his efforts are thwarted temporarily. When the episode comes to a close he once again helps Shelby and Matt escape being killed by The Butcher and leave the property, but it seems “American Horror Story” will be heading in a different direction for the remainder of Season 6.
Peters’ appearance in the show revealed another link between the current season of “American Horror Story” and a previous season. The Missouri native’s character is revealed to come from a large, notoriously crazy family. At one point viewers learn that the reason the house, which was meant to stay in the Mott family, was sold to outsiders is because the last living Mott died in Florida, in 1952. The reference struck many fans as a clear call back to Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock), who was introduced in Season 4, “American Horror Story: Freak Show.”
“American Horror Story” will return with a new episode on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 10 p.m. EDT on FX.