Two Fan-Favorite ‘American Horror Story’ Alums Just Showed Up on ‘AHS: 1984’

Here’s a hint: They both appeared in “Murder House” and “Apocalypse”

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Wednesday’s episode of “American Horror Story: 1984”)

“American Horror Story: 1984” added a couple new characters in its seventh episode on Wednesday — played by two very familiar faces to fans of the franchise: Lily Rabe and Dylan McDermott.

Rabe played the mother of Mr. Jingles (John Carroll Lynch), who worked as a cook at Camp Redwood back in 1948, when it went by another name. One of her sons died in a swimming accident that year, causing her to go on a murderous rampage until Jingles, as a child, killed her. And now she’s a ghost who appears to be pulling the strings behind all the chaos at the camp.

Then there was McDermott, who showed up on “1984” tonight as a serial killer named Bruce. He tried to kill Brooke (Emma Roberts) and Rita (Angelica Ross), but they managed to escape, tying him to a post, cutting off his thumbs and leaving him to die.

Both McDermott and Rabe have been with Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series since Season 1 (“Murder House”), though they haven’t each appeared every year since. While Rabe returned for Season 2 (“Asylum”), Season 3 (“Coven”), Season 4 (“Freak Show”), Season 5 (“Hotel”), Season 6 (“Roanoke”) and Season 8 (“Apocalypse”), McDermott has only come back to the franchise twice since its first season: the first time for “Asylum” and the second for last year’s “Apocalypse,” which was a crossover between “Murder House” and “Coven.”

See Rabe on tonight’s episode here:

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And McDermott here:


“American Horror Story: 1984” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.