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Wes on What’s Next for John Lowe (Spoilers)

Wes talked with Variety about American Horror Story: Hotel‘s recent episode. Do not read if you haven’t seen the episode yet! Enjoy!

‘AHS: Hotel’: Wes Bentley on Keeping the Secret of That Big Reveal, What’s Next for John

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read on unless you’ve season episode eight of “American Horror Story: Hotel,” titled “The Ten Commandments Killer.”

This week’s “American Horror Story: Hotel” answered one of the season’s biggest questions: Just who is the Ten Commandments Killer, the one who has been committing gruesome murders across Los Angeles to “punish” the victims for their sins?

Spoilers ahead…
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Wes on Why “American Horror Story” Gets Addiction Right

Wes Bentley on Why American Horror Story Gets Addiction Right

Spoilers ahead for the most recent episode of American Horror Story: Hotel.

On Wednesday night’s American Horror Story: Hotel, John Lowe is invited to a dinner party along with Aileen Wuornos, Richard Ramirez, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and the Zodiac — a murderer’s row of serial killers. “John is clearly not yet our kind,” their host James March tells them when the detective balks at their idea of amuse-bouche and desserts. Was Lowe invited to this strange soirée because he’s a guest of the hotel, because they enjoyed the idea of a helpless law-enforcement official in their midst, or because he might actually be a kindred spirit? Wes Bentley, who plays Lowe, helped shed a little light when he chatted with Vulture about AHS theories, understanding addiction, and why he wants Gwyneth Paltrow’s head in a box.

Why do you think John Lowe was invited to the Devil’s Night dinner?
We’re not quite sure why, and whether it’s in his head or not, if he’s having a breakdown. Because this is the episode where John takes a drink for the first time, and soon as he takes a drink, Aileen Wuornos shows up, played by the great Lily Rabe. So is it because he starts drinking, all these fantastical things start to happen? That dinner-party scene was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had as an actor. John was just taking it in. He doesn’t believe what he’s seeing. It might be a trick. It might be people pretending to be these people. And we’re starting to learn that John is not the most stable person. He has issues, and part of that is drinking, and what happens when he drinks. But it could all be real. You never know in this hotel! [Laughs.]

Well, there seems to be some debate over whether he’s actually an alcoholic. His wife says he’s not, but then again, Hypodermic Sally is drawn to him, and she’s only drawn to addicts …
What happens a lot is that people don’t really know if you’re an addict. And a lot of times, people who are addicts, or do have a problem, the people closest to them don’t want to believe it either because it destroys their life, too. Or maybe they’re right — some people aren’t. But this is a typical thing that happens, so I thought it was a cleverly written scene. Does he have a problem? Maybe he didn’t hardly drink before that, but he wants to blame things on something. He’s got to figure it out, but it’s a fine line, and some people struggle with that identification. That’s the first part of the process of recovery, to say, “I am an addict.” And a lot of times, if you say it, you find out if it’s real or not.

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“American Horror Story: Hotel” – John’s Flawed Dark Side

‘AHS: Hotel’ Star Wes Bentley on John’s Flawed Dark Side

Bentley tells THR he had nightmares after reading the first three scripts.

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from episode two of American Horror Story: Hotel.]

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Hotel mostly takes place within the walls of the Hotel Cortez, an establishment whose horrors go far beyond the fact that it doesn’t have cell service or WiFi.

During Wednesday’s “Chutes and Ladders” episode, fashion mogul Will Drake (Cheyenne Jackson) continues to make himself at home in the inhospitable Hotel Cortez. And he’s bringing along some other members of the fashion world with him, including model Tristan Duffy (Finn Wittrock), whom the blood-thirsty Countess (Lady Gaga) is drawn to.
While all the hotel’s horrors are going down, poor detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley) just wants to find some answers. During Wednesday’s episode, he digs into the hotel’s past and learns all about James March (Evan Peters), Hotel Cotez’s original builder and owner in the 1930s. It comes to no surprise that the man key to this particular hotel’s origins was a very bad guy. As Lowe learns more about the hotel, he gets even more stuck trying to solve the ever-expanding puzzle of the Ten Commandments Killer, his son’s disappearance and the mysterious, violent happenings at Hotel Cortez.

Here, Bentley — who starred in Murphy’s ill-fated HBO pilot and had an arc on AHS: Freak Show before being promoted to a regular for Hotel — talks with The Hollywood Reporter about the latest episode and Lowe’s arc. On Hotel, Bentley plays a human who is a little more grounded than the blood drinkers and other monsters that surround him, but as Bentley notes, sometimes it’s the more relatable parts of the show that disturb more deeply than the fantastical horror elements.
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