American Horror Story has had some utterly brilliant characters over the years, but it’s had some damp squibs too. Considering the casts are so large and the narratives so sprawling, it’s natural that some characters will be lost in the mix.
Also, while it’s great for fans to see their favourite actors return in new roles season on season, it can mean some that led the show in one season are relegated to background roles the next. Sometimes they’re limited by their range, and at other times the characters needlessly contain actors capable of star turns.
Perhaps controversially, there’s no place for Lena Dunham’s Valerie Solanis. Though some fans (probably the type Solanis’ followers would label ‘scumbags’) plied IMDb with 1-star ratings before it even premiered, Dunham’s performance was - questionable accent aside - an absolute tour de force of pent-up vitriol.
Rather than a character who was adjudged to be terrible before they could even be seen, these characters were ones viewers expected a lot from and were left disappointed. Either because they didn’t fit the tone of their season, wasted their star or were just plain misfires, with AHS has more than its share of bad characters.
Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.