One of my favorite things about Ryan Murphy is, he can’t stop talking. I know a lot of it can be attributed to the typical press/interview circuit for running a popular TV show, but sometimes I get the feeling that he’s just calling up magazines, dying to dish about American Horror Story, don’t you? He’s like a huge gossip, but only about his own fictional characters. Last week, Murphy gave us the scoop that Lily Rabe will be reprising her AHS: Asylum role as Sister Mary Eunice and now this week he drops the bomb that every season of American Horror Story is connected. Somewhere, someone on Reddit is doing the best “I told you so” dance ever.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy gives the details – spoilers ahead, obviously, because no one spoils his own show like Ryan Murphy:
Can you say anything about Lily Rabe coming back?
I don’t want to say much about it but obviously she’s playing Sister Mary Eunice. The interesting thing about doing a show like this is every season is incredibly its own story and its own beginning, middle and end. Its own journey. But we have always from the very beginning in the intertwining mythologies and how things connect. 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. People have started to write articles about that. A lot of their hypotheses have been completely right on. That’s the fun of the show. Hopefully by the end of the run, be it 10 years or 15 years, people will be able to stand back and be able to say, “Oh that was connected to x.”
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. But it is a puzzle. And Lily coming back and dealing with Pepper is sort of the first unveiling of that connectedness. She’s so great in that role, Lily. I understood she wanted to go off and do her own show. But I was thrilled she was able to come back and give us a couple days and show how Sister Mary Eunice and Pepper are connected and how it’s all connected. I’m glad she’s back in the habit!
So you’re saying that season four is connected to season one?
They’re all connected. 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.
Oh, I thought that was fan fiction!
Part of the fun of the show is the Rubik’s cube design of it, but, yes, there are purposeful connections, character connections, and similarities and things that connect that we’ll continue to connect moving forward.
OMG, this is definitely a good reason for a DVD marathon, isn’t it? What connections can you think of? I read a great article on Vulture about this sort of thing, but most of their ideas seem pretty far-fetched to me – except for the Madison Montgomery/Murder House connection, which I find intriguing. What do you think? Are you ready to sit down with all four seasons and start making a crazy conspiracy theory wall, or what? What connections can you think of? I don’t have any solid theories, but some unanswered questions have always bugged me:
1. Constance Langdon (Murder House) had four children, but we only ever learn about three of them. Who was the fourth?
2. Dr. Oliver Thredson, AKA Bloody Face (Asylum), was given up for adoption as a baby and never knew his mother.
The timelines for those two to be connected don’t work out – Murder House takes place in the 2000s and Dr. Thredson is a psychiatrist in the early 1960s – but they’re both important and unknown characters. I’ll bet they’re connected to something else, somewhere. If I’m getting the timelines right, Dr. Thredson’s mother could be a character from Freak Show and Constance’s son could be a character in present-day Coven. Or does that make no sense whatsoever? Hmm. I need to go lie down.