[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Atlanta
” Season 2, Episode 6 titled “Teddy Perkins.”]
We are shook and yet in awe. “Atlanta
” made good on the promise of violence and danger that was laid out in the opening moments of the season with Thursday night’s installment “Teddy Perkins.” The fact that FX
announced the episode would air without commercial interruption (and – to the horror of TV critics – without an advance screener) should have been the first indication that something extra special was in the offing. This would turn out to be one of the most disquieting episodes of horror to ever grace a comedy series.
In the Darius-centric episode, “Atlanta
’s” mumbling dilettante (Lakeith Stanfield
) arrives at a stately but careworn mansion to pick up a special piano with colored keys from Teddy Perkins and Benny Hope, two brothers who shared a musical past and, as viewers soon learn, an abusive father. As the episode wears on,