American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace opened with a bang! The show wasted no time jumping right into the tragic death of fashion designer Gianni Versace.
The second installment of the series is definitely not a courtroom drama like The People v. O.J. Simpson, which was the first of four seasons that Executive Producer Ryan Murphy plans to release.
ACS debuted in the most stylish, colorful and violent way possible. The episode opened with Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) as he prepares to murder Versace (Edgar Ramirez). Cunanan sits by the water with a backpack by his side that contains a copy of The Man Who Was Vogue, and a gun.
As Versace leaves his home to pick up copies of magazines, tourists shout his name for an autograph, but Versace politely refuses. Just as he is reentering the gates of his home, Cunanan sees his chance. Cunanan walks towards him with a gun pointed at him and shoots.
Versace's lover, Antonio D'Amico (Ricky Martin), hears the shot and rushes downstairs. When he gets to the gates, he notices that Versace has been shot and immediately calls out for help.
Although Cunanan managed to get away, a friend of D'Amico chases after him and follows him into an alleyway, but Cunanan points the gun at him.
As the episode picks back up, it presents a flashback. Cunanan jumps in bed with two friends and brags about meeting Gianni Versace the previous night. He describes the moment as if Versace approached him, but he rejected him with a flirtatious reply.
While Cunanan lies to his friends, the audience experiences the real scene. Cunanan actually sees Versace in the VIP section of a nightclub and talks his way next to him by pretending to have met him before.
Lying about his interaction with Versace isn't the only thing that Cunanan has lied about. The premiere continues to expose Cunanan for who he really is after an interaction with a friend. He lies about being Jewish, but tells his friends he's straight and his gay friends that he's gay.
Later Cunanan makes his way to an opera that Versace has designed the costumes for. While he claims that Versace personally invited him to the opera, it is possible he manipulated his way into the show. The two manage to exchange a few words, which could possibly imply that their relationship has become sexual.
Back to the present, Cunanan freaks out after shooting Versace. It is obvious that the murder was premeditated as he pulls out a clean red shirt from his backpack. While it has not been confirmed whether it was planned or just luck, police end up tracking Cunanan to the parking garage but find a stranger wearing an identical red shirt.
Police are able to ID Cunanan as the suspect from the identification information on the car. As the investigation begins, the episode reveals that Cunanan has already murdered four people.
Later that night, Versace's sister Donatella (Penelope Cruz) angrily states that her brother's killer will not kill him and his legacy.
At the very same moment, D'Amico gets interrogated by the police about his relationship with Versace. Although a ton of debauchery occurred at their home, D'Amico makes it clear that he was different from the others.
Donatella is obviously not too fond of D'Amico. She walks into a board meeting to discuss the future of the brand but leaves him behind.
As the family begins to mourn the death of the fashion designer, the police manage to find Cunanan's hotel room, only to find a man named Ronnie.
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace airs on FX, Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST.