‘American Horror Story’ Seasons Are All Connected, According to Almighty Creator Ryan Murphy
With the recent announcement that Lily Rabe will be reprising her season 2 'Asylum' role as Sister Mary Eunice in season 4's 'Freak Show,' joining fellow 'Asylum' alum Naomi Grossman's Pepper, fans have begun to wonder just how much of the world of 'American Horror Story' is connected. Is it just the two seasons that are specifically connected, or are all of the seasons woven together somehow? Creator Ryan Murphy has finally spoken up to confirm that yes, all of this is connected, so feel free to grab some balls of yarn and start your own complex 'American Horror Story' cork boards.
A recent and very detailed Vulture article went over all the possible connections between the seasons of 'American Horror Story,' and while some were a bit vague, there were plenty of possibilities. With Pepper from 'Asylum' starring in 'Freak Show' and Lily Rabe reprising the role of Sister Mary Eunice (presumably to take Pepper into the asylum), we wonder how many more connections we'll begin to see.
Creator Ryan Murphy spoke up in an interview with EW about Rabe's return and to confirm that it's not just 'Asylum' and 'Freak Show' that are connected, but all of the seasons:
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. It’s 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.”
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.
So there you have it. Murphy isn't the most subtle showrunner, so we're sure it won't take much for you to pick up on the clues he's talking about. The first couple of episodes already mentioned an asylum like, three times.