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Lady Gaga Literally Killed It on 'American Horror Story'

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American Horror Story has always managed to skillfully carve out universes composed of the unnerving and the eerie. With each new story comes an additional element of disturbing and an expectation of innovation, so when Lady Gaga was revealed in the first teaser for this season, I was admittedly doubtful but curious how Ryan Murphy would integrate her into the show. Her introduction definitely surprised me but simultaneously made sense. Lady Gaga has never been afraid of pushing the limits of fashion and creativity, and elements of her persona of "Mother Monster" were fit marvelously in the show.

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However, before she was even introduced, it was clear that this season was an entirely different show. Not only was the cinematography beautiful with a great variety and control of stylized elements, but the music and ambiance set a tone that grasped for an adult audience. It felt as if I were watching a movie instead of a television show. The buildup to her first scene was intense, filled with jaw-dropping, distressing and frightening story lines. By the time she appeared on screen and Tear You Apart began playing, I was immensely invested and curious about what role she would play in the horrors at Hotel Cortez.

And then, I was completely blown away. Lady Gaga shattered any misgivings I had about her presence on my favorite TV show. She brought high fashion, elegance, and blood...so much blood. Her acting was very natural and authentic. I felt genuinely intimidated by her character and knew that although previous seasons have been consistently creepy, this season has the potential to be genuinely scary. If I could summarize the first episode in one word, it would be: insane. I am extremely excited for the rest of American Horror Story: Hotel, and I'm positive The Countess will easily become one of the most infamous characters of the show.
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