American Horror Story anthology series seasons are linked after all

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The well-regarded anthology horror series American Horror Story, which according to James is definitely worth watching, is currently airing its fourth stand-alone (or so we thought!) season subtitled Freak Show. Over the Halloween weekend they aired a two-part special which launched a fair number of human cannonballs, chief amongst them being that there are indeed links between the different seasons of the anthology series with a character from the second season, Asylum, making an appearance.

In a recent interview with EW (SPOILER WARNING) regarding the Halloween special, and specifically on the interconnectedness of the different seasons, show co-creator Ryan Murphy explained:

“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 [redacted – no spoilers for you!] coming back and dealing with [redacted – again] is sort of the first unveiling of that connectedness. 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. 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.”

There’s quite a bit more information on the Halloween special in the interview linked above, so check it out if you’re interested and don’t mind 200lb of spoilers for the episodes. I haven’t watched the show because when it comes to horror I channel my totem animal, the Cowardly Lion from Wizard of Oz. This news intrigues me though and I think I might scare up enough courage to try. Hold me? (ED: Never)

Last Updated: November 5, 2014

Trevor Davies

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