One of the big selling points of FX’s horror anthology series “American Horror Story” is that everything resets with each new season. The actors are mostly the same, but the characters, time period, setting (within the United States) and tone can change considerably between seasons.
Yet, despite these disparities, what if it’s still all in the same on screen universe? The current fourth season, ‘Freak Show’, includes two actors reprising their roles from the second season ‘Asylum’ and showing their characters at an earlier stage in their lives.
Now, in a recent interview with EW, show creator Ryan Murphy says this crossover is only the start and, a few years down the track, people will see a whole bunch more of interconnected elements between seasons:
“This is the first year where we begin to tell you that Season 2 is connected to Season 4 which is connected to Season 1. 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.”
New episodes of ‘Freak Show’ will continue through until mid-December before taking a break and coming back for its last few episodes in January.