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  • Since it's confirmed that ghosts can physically interact with and kill living beings, how come Constance hasn't been killed yet? I mean, seriously, she's pissed off the entire Harmon family, Chad, Patrick, Hayden and some of the other ghosts (like the home-invaders) just seem to like a spot of murder. How is she still able to walk in and out of that house? It's like the prison warden spending the night in jail.
    • Maybe nobody because none of them want to be stuck with her for eternity.
  • How did Tate go to the beach with Violet that one time?
    • It was Halloween. They stated it, explicitly, in the episode that ghosts can travel freely on Halloween.
  • Where does Moira go when she isn't cleaning the house? The third episode revealed that since her bones are buried on the property, she can't leave unless they are removed or destroyed. But when negotiating her employment in the pilot, it was agreed that she only come a couple times a week. So where is she for the rest of the time?
    • I think she's always there, you just can't always see her. A lot of the other ghosts, like the nurses in the basement or the gay couple in the Halloween episode, seem to always be in the house but only actually reveal themselves to the living on certain occasions.
    • Maybe she can only leave the house with permission from the home owners, but she can't go to far.
    • It seems like she's able to go to Constance's House at least, as well as off the premises to visit her mother, at least on Samhain. This Troper assumes it works something like the Being Human (UK) 'verse, in that ghosts can leave the house but don't necessarily like it. Besides, they could just be in an unoccupied room whenever they want to remain unnoticed. Or in the basement, that place seems like there's enough scary nooks and cranny to hold a whole rumpus of phantoms.
      • Addie more or less confirmed that the dead can walk freely on Halloween. That's how Moira can visit her mother and the resident gay guy can go clubbing.
        • When did Moira go to Constance's house? Constance was living in Murder House when Moira worked for her and she died.
  • What happened to the dog they had in the first episode?
    • For the last time, it's still there. You can see it in the second episode sitting on the bed. This is a horror series filled with sex, gore and ghosts and people are more worried about where the dog went.
    • Hayden stuffs it in the microwave in the fifth episode. Wonder if it will become a ghost now, too?
      • Actually that was, according to Hayden, a bunch of Tomatos. It was meant to scare Vivien, and it is revealed later that the dog is fine when it comes running out of the closet.
        • Although Hayden could have been lying, she might really have nuked the dog and the dog we saw was a ghost dog that came out of the closet.
        • Hayden wasn't lying. Hallie the dog is alive and well, having been adopted by Marcy following Ben's death.
  • If Larry Harvey is a ghost (which I guess we're not sure of yet) why is he never seen in the house and how is he able to keep going away from the house? Everything else we've seen seems to imply that, if someone dies on the grounds, they are physically unable to leave the house(except on Halloween.) So, why is Larry able to move around so freely and why does he seem to be stuck ouside?
    • Maybe he doesn't want to go into the house because he's afraid he'll run into his wife and daughters, which would be really awkward for him being that he killed them and all. They died in the house so they're probably still in there somewhere.
      • He went into the house during episode 5, but didn't run into his family. He runs into Chad instead.
      • Larry does see his family again, during "Smoldering Children". They're burned even worse than he is, but otherwise seem to be rather happy.
    • I believe Larry's still alive, he said he went to prison after murdering his children. He's probably like Constance, where he has a past with the house but wasn't consumed by it like the dead.
    • Larry claims he's alive during the 5th episode, though if what he said about the brain tumor before is also true, who knows how long he'll be alive?
      • Larry lied about killing his family and going to prison. Who knows what else he's lying about?
  • If Larry Harvey is dead, what exactly does he need that thousand dollars for?
    • The house seems to be intent on getting rid of Ben probably because he isn't the father of Vivien's allegedly mutant baby.. One of the ways they can get rid of Ben for sure is to make his second fling with Hayden known as well as making Hayden's murder known also. Larry is asking for $1,000 because then Vivien will find out about Hayden's murder and then assume that Ben hired Larry to kill Hayden. This will not just get Ben out of the house, it will keep Ben from possibly killing his family like Larry did by putting him in prison.
      • The house doesn't seem intent on getting rid of Ben so much as the ghosts inhabiting it do.
    • Even if he's not dead, as stated above, then his demand for money would still serve the same purpose.
  • How come some of this ghosts are able to change clothes while others have to appear in the same outfits they died in? Do they steal clothes from the Harmon's closet? Is there some kind of clothing shop in the after life?
    • Hmmm, maybe it's a choice type thing. Or people perceive them however they want. Moira's seen as young to Ben, so maybe people just want to see them in different clothing.
    • I think it depends on if the ghost knows he/she is dead. Tate can change since he doesn't know he's dead and would be in different outfits each theorpy session. While Gladys knows she's dead therefore is always in what she died in.
      • Problem with that is that Tate does know he's dead, yet he can still change his clothes.
  • Shouldn't Addie be a ghost?
    • No. Constance failed to get her to the house grounds on time.
    • She didn't want to be a ghost, either.
  • I feel like I missed something...Ben knows that Hayden was murdered, he buried her under the gazeebo. Why is he OK with her coming back like nothing happened? He does not know about the ghosts yet...
    • Since seeing her running around on Halloween, he now thinks that Hayden and Larry faked the whole thing.
  • In the second episode, Home Invasion, Ben calls Mrs Langdon to tell her he can't treat Tate anymore. Who was he actually calling? Was he speaking to Constance, and if so, why didn't he recognise her voice? Did Constance get someone else to speak on the phone like Billie Dean? Just who was he talking to?
    • Considering Constance came to California to be a starlet, she probably threw on a different accent to fool him.
      • Confirmed.
  • So I understand why Chad and Patrick and Nora and Charles and the twins and Larry's wife weren't invited to Christmas, but the dead nurses don't get to join the festivities?
    • The nurses seem too intent on being scary to converse or make friends. A lot of ghost seem to have snapped or remain on loop in the house, kind of like how Nora keeps going back and forth from being sane(ish) and weeping over the loss of her child.
      • Except we saw the nurses acting normal and all walking back to the house on Halloween. They joined the "scare people out of the house" team, why can't they celebrate Christmas? As Moira said, there are a number of ghosts in the house that are nice, not just her and the Harmons.
        • Maybe they just weren't interested.
  • How is it possible that Constance has a photograph of Tate and Addie together? Judging from when Addie was a little girl she should not have been old enough to appear as an adult in a photo together with Tate, because Tate has been dead for over two decades (in Re-birth) Constance says Tate has been in his grave for longer than he was alive. He died in high school so how is it possible that the picture even exists. Unless ghosts can be photographed...
    • Addie was older than she looked. We saw for sure that she and Tate were alive together during the flashback to him burning Larry.
      • Tate hasn't been dead for over two decades. Tate died in 1994 which would make him dead seventeen years in 2011 and he was about seventeen at the time of his death. Presumably either Constance was exaggerating since he was dead around the same amount of time or he's been dead for a few days/weeks/months longer than he lived. And Adelaide was a child in 1978 so of course she'd be around when Tate was older.
  • In the second episode, Constance says she had four children. We see Adelaide, Tate, and Beau, so what happened to the fourth?
    • Maybe it was still born. Considering her "cursed womb", it may not have even survived to begin with.
  • What happened to the exterminator who found Violet's corpse?
    • Tate killed him. On screen. We saw him as a ghost in the final episode.