Last week, Lady Gaga dropped the news that she’d be starring in American Horror Story season five, which would be called Hotel. It was pretty exciting, right? Well, this week, we finally got some details about that mysterious recurring top hat. This news was…less exciting. Honestly, it was kind of a letdown.
If you remember, creator Ryan Murphy told us that the recurrence of top hats was a huge season five spoiler. He said, “That is a big season five clue! It’s an arcane clue, but it’s very purposeful, and it illuminates something that you’ll be like, ‘Oh! You dirty b******!’” That was not exactly my reaction, but okay.
It turns out that the top hat was a nod to both the Hotel theme and to Lady Gaga herself. According to Entertainment Weekly, it’s a reference to the 1935 film Top Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The song “Cheek to Cheek” was written for Top Hat and it also happens to be the title of Gaga’s new duets album with Tony Bennett. So…arcane, yes. Exciting? Not really.
I guess after all the speculation, I was looking for something more detailed and less of a Lady Gaga promotional stunt. But hey, at least I was right about the “classic Hollywood” theme. I’m eager for more details as they come – like what’s so scary about this glamorous old hotel? Is it just a non-stop Tony Bennett concert? Because that actually would give me nightmares.