Dylan McDermott On ‘Crybating,’ Returning to American Horror Story

The son of Bloody Face has been revealed, and he’s someone American Horror Story fans are pretty familiar with. During last night’s “The Coat Hanger,” we learned that Season 1 alum Dylan McDermott is playing Johnny Thredson, the modern-day Bloody Face killer.

“Johnny Thredson, obviously he’s a troubled man. Where I hope he goes and where he goes are two different places,” McDermott revealed during a conference call with reporters. “The reason he’s doing all of these horrible things is because he’s been rejected so horribly by his mother. … His whole trajectory in life is really about her.”

If that sounds familiar, it’s because the Bloody Face from the 1960s, Zachary Quinto’s Oliver Thredson, had a similar backstory. That Johnny is still alive in the present doesn’t bode well for Sarah Paulson’s Lana Winters, who tried but failed to abort her unborn baby once she found out she was pregnant.

“He really is after some sort of closure with his mother. I think he can’t understand, he can’t wrap his head around why someone would want to throw him out,” McDermott teased. “I think we’re going to peek into his psychological world in the next three episodes, and then we’re going to have closure with this character in the finale.”

He confirmed he’ll appear in three out of the next four episodes of AHS: Asylum, and that his story will be tied up by the finale. “Without giving anything away, I think that you’ll be satisfied in terms of what happened with all the characters. You’ll have closure with all the characters,” he said.

Series co-creator Ryan Murphy first talked to McDermott over the summer about returning to the hit show, but he didn’t tell the actor he wanted him to play the son of Bloody Face until after the first episode of Season 2 had aired. McDermott said he thinks it’s exciting to come back in an entirely new way this season, and is looking forward to hopefully doing the same thing in Season 3.

“I really trust Ryan and he has a great instinct with me and if he asked me to come back on, of course,” he said. “I’m sure he’s going to make it interesting and fascinating no matter what he does.”

McDermott said his favorite thing he’s done on the series thus far is his “crybating” scene in Season 1, where he was seen masturbating and then crying immediately afterward. “That’s going to be with me for a while,” he said with a laugh, adding that people were afraid to play the character of Ben Harmon because of that scene.

He also addressed the recent Saturday Night Live skit “Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney?” saying he was asked to take part in the sketch, but was unable to attend because he was filming American Horror Story: Asylum.

“I thought it was hilarious. I thought it was funny as hell,” he said. “I don’t know what would happen if I came there and Dermot was there, the television might have blown up.”

American Horror Story: Asylum is on hiatus for the next two weeks, but will resume with new episodes Wednesday, Jan. 2 on FX.

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Comments

  • Matt

    I would love to see American horror attempt to link the seasons stories together somehow ( regardless of returning actors in different roles). I’m liking season 2 a lot better then season 1

  • Stephen Hauk

    how about putting a SPOILER warning on this for those of us who have not yet watched the show?!?

  • matt

    It’s not really a spoiler beyond saying the actor is involved. He doesn’t play the same character from season 1, there isn’t any connection to the first season.