American Horror Story: Freak Show – Season 4, Episode 8: “Bloodbath”

Dandy Mott: Beyond the Tighty Whities

This is a much delayed and unfortunately brief discussion of last week’s episode; I apologize for both my brevity and my lack of punctuality here. Nevertheless, “Bloodbath” marks an important step for Dandy in terms of the duality of his personality.

I previously discussed how Dandy’s choice in undergarments reveals that he is essentially a child sociopath in a man’s body. Although Dandy appears stripped down in this episode, he is notably lacking his famous accessory. Instead, we catch a glimpse of Finn Wittrock’s bum, and I suspect that it won’t be the last time we see it this season. Dandy has shed that childlike aspect of his personality; he disposed of it as he was disposing of his mother’s life. Prior to the murder, Dandy relates to Gloria that he has discovered the circumstances of his parents’ incestuous union. Gloria married her second cousin in order to secure a lavish lifestyle, and she knew precisely the risk involved when the decision was made to conceive Dandy. Dandy throws all of these things in her face in his final affront. He typically behaves as a spoiled child towards Gloria, but in this particular exchange he comes across as strikingly mature. Dandy is now fully aware of who and what he is, and he has no choice but to kill Gloria in order to move forward with his destiny.

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