Evan Peters says farewell to 'American Horror Story': From Tate's iconic scream to Mr. Gallant's whipping here are his iconic moments
It's sad to see a fan favorite leave a show, but nothing can compare to Evan Peters' absence from 'American Horror Story's next season. In a heartbreaking announcement, 'AHS' star Evan Peters, who has been a consistent part of Ryan Murphy's TV horror legacy, has said that he will be taking a break from the show in the upcoming ninth season. "I’m gonna sit a season out," he reportedly told press outlets at WonderCon last week but since the series has been greenlit for a season 10 as well, this hiatus will perhaps be only for one season.
Peters has been one of the most stable pillars upon which Murphy has built his anthology series, which keeps changing each season. Peters has played everything from a misunderstood teen and a charismatic serial killer to a cokehead techie who plans the end of the world. Here are the eight most iconic Evan Peters moments from the entire series so far.
1. Tate scares the sh*it out of Leah in 'Murder House'
Peters' character Tate was far from a savior in this installment, but he remains one of the most favorite anti-heroes of all time in the series. Tate Langdon was a ghost trapped in the Murder House who fell in love with the latest occupant of the cursed mansion — Violet. When you think of Tate as a scary character, this scene definitely comes to mind. When Leah climbs down into the basement after Violet lures her in with drugs and Tate goes complete cuckoo on her, you have to admit, it did make you uneasy. Flashes of Infantata bearing black eyes, claws, and jagged teeth and both Violent and Leah screaming their lungs out while Tate just looks at them in his 'Normal People Scare Me' tee — the boy knew how to do a good scare.
2. Kit showed a side so innocent, you cried like a baby
In 'Asylum', Peters played Kit Walker, a man who had been framed as a serial killer and sent to live as an inmate in the worst place ever — Briarcliff. He was accused of murdering his wife and two other unnamed women and peeling their faces off and wearing them as a mask. Dubbed as Bloody Face, Kit claimed that he was innocent of the crimes and that his wife was kidnapped by aliens. In this particular scene, he's talking to Grace, who is his ally in the mental institution. He tells her that he probably did kill those women and that he imagined the aliens because he couldn't deal with the truth. We know, of course, that it was someone else who committed the murders but the way Peters plays this lost soul is stunning. A turning point for the character of Kit, this is the moment when he realizes that he may not be so crazy after all.
3. Tate's iconic "Don't you die on me, Violet!"
#TateAndViolet #MurderHouse #Ahs— Evan Peters Fans © (@E_PetersTweets) June 28, 2015
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When Violet finds out that her innocent friend Tate was actually a mass shooter, she pretty much loses it. Then, Tate, unaware of the whole truth coming out situation declares his love for Vi. Terrified and confused about her feelings, Violet attempts to commit suicide by overdosing on the sleeping pills Leah gave her. Tate finds her and drags her to the bathtub, trying to get her to open her eyes screaming "Don't you die on me, Violet!". It's a fact that this scene has given birth to countless memes but you can't help but feel the guilty pleasure when you see Tate all wrapped up in his angst and love.
4. "So listen up, mateys!" - James March's speech in 'Hotel'
Mr. James March, the owner of the deplorable Hotel Cortez, was what you can call an OG serial killer. He built the hotel for people like him and eventually, spirits and vampires started living in it. This particular scene everyone starts going out of control and March takes it upon himself to sort things out. In many ways, March was like the father figure to these monsters and this is one of the best moments where it actually shows. March vigorously shaking his head screaming "This is not a democracy" is precious.
5. Evan Peters' Jesus hi-fives Evan Peters' Jim Jones in 'Cult'
In 'Cult', Peters played a lot of characters but nothing beats his portrayal of Jesus. He had no dialogues for the character, which was a part of his fantasy sequence for the main villain Kai Anderson. Jesus had it all in this scene — angels, a choir, you name it — as he comes down from the sky and looks at Jones' dead body. Interesting Peters also plays Jones so when he resurrects him and gives him a high five — it's pretty awesome.
6. Mr. Gallant's whipping in 'Apocalypse'
Peters played many characters on 'AHS: Apocalypse', but the gay and frivolous hairdresser Mr. Gallant really took the cake. The most precious moment from the series featuring Peters has to be the one where he's tortured and screams the names of gay icons from the 70's and 80's as Mariam Mead whips him.
7. Edward Philippe Mott, period
Was it ever your house, Edward? #AHSRoanoke pic.twitter.com/AZMZhlOLVq— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) October 23, 2016
One of the most flamboyant characters played by Peters in the entire series, everything Edward did was iconic. From grabbing his black valet and planting a huge kiss on his lips to making love in the tub as he went on and on about art, this man did everything with style.
8. When Gallant hits on the devil himself
Gallant calls himself a sexually active adult living in the end times and goes to seriously hit on Michael Langdon, the devil in its true form. "I'm getting a major vibe off you," he says as Langdon interrogates him to decide whether he stays or goes from the Outpost. This moment is so typical Gallant — his life is on the line but he just wants to have sex.