Horror TV series American Horror Story reboots itself every year, re-casting the handful of regular players in entirely different roles, in an entirely different location during an entirely different time period. So imagine our surprise when show co-creator said each season was connected!
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, creator Ryan Murphy revealed the return of series favorite Lily Rabe. However, Rabe is returning as her season two character Sister Mary Eunice, and her presence is dealing with Pepper, a character you may have noticed is a member of the Freak Show, and was also a patient at Briarcliff Mental Institution. Apparently Eunice comes to collect Pepper for unknown reasons.
Ryan Murphy described the connection between the show's various seasons:
I don't want to say much about [Lily Rabe's return] 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. 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 Lily coming back and dealing with Pepper is sort of the first unveiling of that connectedness. She's so great in that role, Lily. I understood she wanted to go off and do her own show. But I was thrilled she was able to come back and give us a couple days and show how Sister Mary Eunice and Pepper are connected and how it's all connected. I'm glad she's back in the habit!
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.
I love that they are linking Pepper and Eunice to the Freak Show. But I'm SUPER interested to see how they will link the first and third season to the rest of the episodes. Any theories? Thoughts? Because I'm still stretching the farthest reaches of my imagination to link a lot of these. However, Meep the Geek did also play the creature that lived in the basement of American Horror Story: Murder House, who is NOT to be confused with the other person who lived in the attic who was Jessica Lange's hidden son. That was an entirely different person also living in that house.
Update: Added from commenters is this great collection of possible connections from Vulture.