News broke last week that some characters would be making an appearance in American Horror Story: Freak Show, and these would be characters already seen in a previous season of the show, namely Asylum.
It has been confirmed that Lily Rabe will make an appearance in Freak Show, and will be playing her Asylum character Sister Mary Eunice, and this will be added to the fact that Naomi Grossman will also reprise her Asylum character Pepper in Freak Show. This lead to the conclusion that Freak Show and Asylum were connected, but Murphy has now confirmed that all four seasons, plus the now confirmed fifth season, will have a connection.
In an interview with EW, Murphy said:
“I don’t want to say much about it but obviously she’s playing Sister Mary Eunice … 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!”
He went into further detail regarding the connection:
“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.’”
“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.”
There is also a shot of a coffee cup with a black top hat on it in Freak Show episode four, and there was a reason the camera lingered on the cup for so long, it was in fact a clue to Season 5:
“That is a big season five clue! It’s an arcane clue, but it’s very purposeful, and it illuminates something that you’ll be like, “Oh! You dirty b******!”
American Horror Story: Freak Show will scare UK TV from 21st October.
“American Horror Story” (“AHS”) returns with an all-new gritty and gripping season, premiering Wednesday, October 8th, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings). Season 4, “Freak Show,” is set in 1950s Juniper, FL, and centers around one of the last remaining freak shows of the time.
From bearded ladies to Siamese twins, “Freak Show” features some of the series’ most familiar faces.
Emmy® Award-winning actress Jessica Lange returns as Elsa Mars, Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates plays Effil Darling, celebrated actress Angela Bassett is Desiree Dupree, Sarah Paulson will do double-duty as Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler, Evan Peters plays Jimmy Darling, and Emma Roberts is Maggie. Plus, “AHS” newcomer Michael Chiklis stars as Wendell Del Toredo, and joining the cast this season is John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo”), who will play a core villain.
Also appearing in “Freak Show” are Denis O’Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Wes Bentley, Jyoti Amge, Finn Wittrock, and Patti LaBelle.
American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.