AMERICAN HORROR STORY To Connect Seasons After AllNews Ken W. Hanley
AMERICAN HORROR STORY is easily one of the most divisive horror programs on television, with Ryan Murphy’s specific and decadent brand of style-over-substance often times being an acquired taste among dedicated genre fans. Yet the show is undoubtedly a crossover hit, with the latest season, FREAK SHOW, hitting rating milestones for the series and tapping into the zeitgeist with the now-iconic “Twisty the Clown.” Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this fourth run is that, for the first time in the anthology series’ history, there would be an obvious connection between seasons, through the appearance of “Pepper,” (AHS: ASYLUM) the pinhead played by Naomi Grossman who was featured prominently.
However, in a recent conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy has finally come out and said what many fans have already suspected: it will be revealed that the seasons of AMERICAN HORROR STORY are, in fact, connected. Rumblings had recently began to stir up further to this point when Lily Rabe was announced to reprise her Sister Mary Eunice character late last week, but with still non-specific appearances to come from Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer, there is still much that can be connected to other seasons of the show.
“The interesting thing about doing a show like this is every season is incredibly its own story and its own beginning, middle and end… But we have always from the very beginning in the intertwining mythologies and how things connect [sic]. This is the first year where we begin to tell you that season two is connected to season four which is connected to season one,” confirms Murphy. “There’s definitely a rhyme or a reason and a connectedness to all of these seasons, but in the same way, they’re standalones, which is the fun of it.”
“They’re all connected,” Murphy continues. “We’re just beginning to tell you how they’re connected. They’re all very separate but there’s clues every season that we’re now telling you how the different worlds are intertwined.”
Considering how many of the series players wind up finding an early grave, one could suspect that these characters share lives and souls, forced to live again in a world of indescribable madness. Or could Murphy be more literal in his statements, stringing together characters and events carefully enough to avoid suspicion for this long? Or perhaps Murphy has something sinister in store, with Jessica Lange’s soon-to-be-vacant macabre matriarchal crown being the key to it all? Maybe, just maybe, one day we’ll see a goddamn battle royale of singing circus folk, sassy witches, nazi doctors and spiteful ghosts in Season 15?
Either way, AMERICAN HORROR STORY fans should keep their eyes peeled and start taking notes; at this point, anything in FREAK SHOW could connect to future seasons, and perhaps more connections to the past are still to come. In any case, check back here at FANGORIA for more AMERICAN HORROR STORY coverage as FREAK SHOW continues, including interviews with Jamie Brewer and “Pepper” herself, Naomi Grossman.