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'American Horror Story: Asylum': How Did Bloody Face Come To Be A Killer? Ryan Murphy And Sarah Paulson Explain

On last night's episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum" (Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX), it was revealed that ...


Dr. Thredson (Zachary Quinto) is the serial killer known as Bloody Face.

Like all stories, Dr. Thredson's started somewhere, and "American Horror Story: Asylum" star Sarah Paulson and co-creator Ryan Murphy have both teased bits and pieces about how Bloody Face became a murderer.

"They're all women, that's the main thing [Bloody Face's victims] have in common," Paulson, who plays Lana Winters, the woman currently in Bloody Face's clutches, told THR. "You don't find out until Episode 6. It's one thing to have it unmasked who Bloody Face is, but it's another thing to learn why he is the way he is. You'll get an inkling and understanding of why and it's quite troubling and it leads to a troubling scene."

"This is a serial killer with really really bad mommy issues," Murphy added in an interview with EW. "It’s explained and it’s somewhat chilling ... You don’t meet his mother but you meet his mother’s substitute ... in 'The Origins of Monstrosity.'"

So why did Thredson choose Lana as his new victim? According to Paulson, it had nothing to do with her character's sexuality.

"Lana wasn't a random choice. There was thought behind choosing Lana and it didn't have to do with her being gay," Paulson revealed to THR. Murphy told EW that in the next episode, "There’s a flashback where you see that Lana has actually been in the same room with Thredson before. She didn’t know he was there but he overhears her ambitions about wanting to be a reporter so there’s a connection."

Freaked out yet? We certainly are.

For more on this week's episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum," click over to THR and EW.

Are you surprised Dr. Thredson is Bloody Face? How do you think he came to be a serial killer? Let us know in the comments.

"American Horror Story: Asylum" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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