Last November, Ryan Murphy revealed that every season of his American Horror Story anthology series was connected. So far the show has made minor call backs to previous seasons and reprised characters. But there have to be more clues that connect all five seasons in a bigger way, right? Right.
We’re barely halfway through November, and already FX and FXX are gearing up their winter wares for 2016. The cable network has set official premieres for the eleventh season of Always Sunny, as well as the premiere of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story, two comedies and more.
Ever one for subtlety, American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy more or less guaranteed us a sixth season by extending an invitation to Lady Gaga, not that the FX ratings smash cast any doubt over renewal. Now, American Horror Story has made official another round beyond Hotel, but has Gaga signed the dotted line?
Like American Horror Story before it, Ryan Murphy’s next FX venture American Crime Story seems to be sticking to teasers in lieu of a full trailer. The latest goes for a famous Bronco-ride with Cuba Gooding Jr.’s O.J. Simpson, but keeps the man himself obscured for now.
Leave it to Ryan Murphy to gather all of America’a most infamous serial killers in one room, days before Halloween. In Wednesday’s American Horror Story: Hotel, the first of the series’ traditional two-part Halloween episode, “Devil’s Night,” (spoiler alert) we saw Jeffrey Dahmer (Seth Gabel), John Wayne Gacy (John Carroll Lynch), Richard Ramirez (Anthony Ruivivar) and the H.H. Holmes-inspired Mr. March (Evan Peters) sit down to dinner with Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley). But the real guest of honor, and most terrifying part of the episode, was Lily Rabe‘s Aileen Wuornos.
Whatever camp catastrophe Ryan Murphy manages to conjure by the end of American Horror Story: Hotel, we will happily return for a terribly-wigged John Travolta, come February’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. At long last, its teasers have finally grown a face, and our chills are thoroughly multiplying.
We know all the seasons of American Horror Story are connected and that Hotel will definitely connect with Murder House. Christine Estabrook’s realtor Marcy, from the first season, has already showed up, and there’s a strong theory that Hotel will bring back Elisabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, before she was brutally murdered in Season 1. But those aren’t the only connections to Murder House. Based on new evidence and clues, the biggest connection of all may come from Lady Gaga’s Countess, who also may explain one of the series’ scariest monsters.
Now situated at the cavernously bonkers Hotel Cortez, American Horror Story may one day run out of spooky locations with which to set its assured future. Series star Evan Peters however, following his “Chutes and Ladders” debut last night, puts in another vote to take Ryan Murphy’s horror vision to the terrors of outer space, and we’re inclined to agree.
Ryan Murphy’s particular brand of popped-out genre camp can be found all over TV these days, from Scream Queens to American Horror Story: Hotel, but the truest Horror of all lies in the alternate reality we narrowly avoided. Come, gentle reader, as we imagine the nightmare hellscape in which the creator of Glee had succeeded in his attempt to bring Orange is the New Black to the small screen.
If you thought Wednesday’s shocking premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel was scary, undoubtedly the series’ most gruesome episode yet, be warned – the rest of the season is bound to get even more terrifying. We know this not only because co-creator Brad Falchuk confirmed Hotel will be the darkest season yet (and that means dark, considering Asylum), but because AHS is always based on real incidents and people. If we look no further than the real-life location Season 5's Hotel Cortez was inspired by we’ll discover just how many horrors are likely on the way.