A little more than a week ago, American Horror Story fans saw Tate get blown to pieces by SWAT team gunfire in a horrifying flashback that revealed he had carried out a high school shooting before… (twist No. 2) dying and becoming a ghost. But as terrifying as it was to watch it all, actor Evan Peters was thrilled.
“I felt like James Caan in the Godfather — I got blown up. I just thought it was so cool to be able to do that stuff,” he tells EW. “It was like one of my favorite things I’ve been able to do.”
And there’s more to come. As teased in last week’s Spoiler Room, an upcoming episode will take fans further into Tate’s past of living with Constance and reveal what life was like before he was killed. “[The episode] gives you a little motive and reason for why he did the things that he did,” he says. “It’s kind of, like, you don’t know if the house possessed him, you don’t know if he was driven insane by the family, it all sort of comes together in the episode, where a lot is revealed about why he decided to do what he did. It’s pretty cool.”
Meanwhile, Peters says the future, while complicated, is still looking good for Tate and his living love, Violet, who this week learned from Tate that she indeed had some control of the house ghosts. Though, he teases, “There are [still] a lot of secrets between them and all of them come out in the upcoming episode. There’s a pretty big secret that Tate has been keeping from Violet.” Wait, bigger than “I’m a ghost”? “Yeah, bigger than that,” he claims, with a laugh.
But while Peters seems to be a man with many secrets about Horror Story, there are some mysteries even he is still left wondering. Among them? “I want to know what he has to do to leave the house. And does he even want to leave?” says Peters. “It seems like you’re stuck in the house, you’re there for eternity. So it’s like, don’t you get bored? What do you do all day? I mean, play some cards?… I think it would be cool for him to try and find a way out.”
Most of all, he says, he wants to know the big picture. “Why is the house the way it is? Why does everything that dies there get stuck there? Who’s controlling the house? It’s like a big suckhole, it sucks all the life in and sucks it out of it and spits it out for everybody to be there in purgatory. But why?” he says, adding (in a rather Tate-like aside), “If I don’t find out by the end of the season, I’m going to, like, burn the DVDs.” (Benjamin Wood contributed to this report.)