WMG / American Horror Story

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The seasons are not individual stories.
Or rather, they are, but some or all of them will connect into a larger story.
  • Confirmed by Word of God, right after it has been revealed that sister Mary Eunice from Asylum will be back in Freakshow... to take care of Pepper.

American Horror Story is a longform equivalent of "The Twilight Zone", set in Hell.
Whoever the tortured souls featured in the show originally were, they've each deserved the terrible punishment of living out their existences in a succession of twisted lives and realities - dying in one only causes you to be reborn in another, with your new life reminiscent of the last. Behold:
  • In "Murder House", Jessica Lange's character suffered the death of her child in a hit-and-run; in "Asylum", she is tortured by the memory of killing a child in a hit-and-run.
  • In "Murder House", Dylan Mc Dermott's character was a doctor; in "Asylum", he regrets not having gone to medical school.
  • In "Murder House", Zachary Quinto's character is openly gay; in "Asylum", he is a doctor who specialises in behaviour-modification treatment for homosexuality, among other things.

American Horror Story is one long Satanic ritual, and Season four will take place in Minnesota, probably in a mansion near Lake Superior.
  • Season one, "Murder House", was set on the West Coast in California.
  • Season two, "Asylum", was set on the East Coast in New England.
  • Season three, "Coven" is set on the Gulf Coast in Louisiana in the Deep South.
  • Season four, then, would complete the inverted cross pattern and be set in a Midwestern state that is north-centrally located within the contiguous US and has a coastline. Hence, Minnesota.
  • At the end of season four, Satan himself will emerge in Missouri, where the lines connecting the four seasons intersect, leading to season five.
  • Season four might take place in New Jersey. Slender Man, the Jersey Devil and aliens although they might be different than the ones from season two, and apparently there's supposedly a gateway to hell in that state.
    • Jossed (probably): Word of God has it that Season 4 will either be set in Santa Fe, NM or return to New Orleans.
    • Jossed again: While filmed in New Orleans, it takes place in Florida.

Any and all characters in AMHS are trapped in a horrible, circular hell. There is no escaping it.
  • You might be right, each season uses 90% of the same actors for different roles. They might end up being eternally damned souls doomed to be stuck in one horrible situation (season) after another with no end or escape.

Constance is a renegade Time Lord, using the fob watch often and well to hide from The Doctor and various alien allies.
  • Makes sense. Sister Jude (Time Lord Constance) used her fob watch to become someone else after she came into contact with the aliens. What reason did the aliens have to seek her our besides some type of revenge?
  • Or, a non-Doctor Who example: Constance herself is Satan and while she won't be in Season 5 proper, she will appear in the very last episode, when whatever evils finally succeed and bring the devil into the world. And it will be awesome. Even cooler if it is her 'son' the Anti-Christ who brings his true mother into the world.

Season 4 will feature vampires and werewolves.
Since the series is deliberately zeroing in on the common themes of Western horror pop culture, and the Zombie Apocalypse is already sort of taken right now, and we've already had ghosts, demons and witches, Fur Against Fang seems like the next obvious trope to exploit.

Everyone is in heaven.
...it's just that they're all masochists. They're loving every second of this shit.

Eventually there will be a sequel season.
Given that this show could literally run forever with it's current format, eventually there's no reason they wouldn't decide to revisit a previous group of characters. Sure, most seasons end on Kill 'em All, but so what? They have ghosts.
  • Confirmed: Freak Show is a prequel to Asylum.

Season 5 will be about stage magicians.
It has been hinted that a "top hat" icon shown on a coffee mug in season 4 is the hint to the theme of season 5.

Season 5 will be about a conspiracy about Alien Invaders.
  • Freak Show takes place in Jupiter, Florida.
  • Jessica Lange plays Elsa Mars and sings David Bowie's Life On Mars song.
  • In the finale, Massimo builds wooden towns to be destroyed by nuclear weapon testing.
  • The season that makes a direct connection to Freak Show is Asylum, which introduced the aliens that abducted Kit Walker's wife.
  • It's the fifth season. So, the next new episode would be Season Five, Episode 1...like Area 51? That one's a stretch, humor me.
  • This season focused on human "freaks". What better follow up than "normal" people going insane about odd looking aliens who appear on screen less than they do?

Season 5 will be about nuclear testing in Nevada.
  • The only confirmed clue we have is a picture of a top hat; "Operation Top Hat" was a nuclear/chemical warfare testing exercise in the 50s.
  • Massimo mentions nuclear testing and building fake cities, which greatly deteriorated his health, in the Freak Show finale.
  • People have pointed out name parallels to The Hills Have Eyes and Freak Show, with there being characters named Papa Jupiter (Jupiter, Florida), Mars (Elsa Mars), and Ethel (Ethel Darling). Might be a bit of a stretch, but it almost seems too close to not have some kind of meaning.
  • Ryan Murphy previously mentioned that they were debating between filming in New Orleans (again) or in New Mexico for the next season.
  • Around the tupperware party house, framed pictures of mushroom clouds can be seen.
  • Jimmy apparently wanted to dress up as a soldier for Halloween, possibly foreshadowing a military (testing) theme.
  • Jossed. Season five will be AHS: Hotel.
    • To be fair, until we know more details besides the name, the hotel could be anywhere, or fit into any theme. Time will tell what kind of horror specifically the new season will be going for but it's a bit early to jump to conclusions based on name alone.
There will eventually be a season based off of The Cthulhu Mythos.
It will be called 'American horror story: The deep ones.' And it will feature Bryan Cranston as Herbert West.
  • Jossed. Season five will be AHS: Hotel.
    • Plus, Lady Gaga is going to star in it. I doubt they would add Cranston in as well.
    • This theory isn't really Jossed, since the theory only states that it will happen "eventually," not for season 5.
The "Hotel" in question in season 5 will be the infamous Garden Of Allah.

Season Seven will end with Stevie Nicks returning for a refrain.
I certainly hope it won't mark the end of the show, but you have to admit that if they wanted everyone to flip out they could show us a montage of seven seasons set to Seven Wonders. Yes, AHS fans, you've seen seven wonders! More to come!

They're all in Hell, BUT God Is Evil and the only way to get out is to be Eviler Than Thou.
The cast comes and goes, so obviously some people get out. However, if redemption got you out, Jessica Lange wouldn't haven't returned for Coven, as she was fully redeemed, and Dylan Mc Dermott and Zachary Quinto would have, since they were both Ax-Crazy. Bassett and Bates probably WOULD HAVE BEEN free after Coven, except Papa Legba dragged them back.
Hotel will take place in the Weird West.
This seems long overdue. A haunted hotel just seems too bland by this show's standards. But, a haunted hotel in the wild west? Now, that's a story! Think off all the creatures from native american folklore they could include, or badass historical figures like Wyatt Earp, or Billy the kid, or Calamity Jane. Sam Elliot could guest star as the sheriff or something. Maybe the local bar tender is a Humanoid Abomination, maybe a serial killer is scalping prostitutes, and a Apache tribe is being framed. The possibilities are endless!

Season 6 will be a sequel/prequel to Coven.
The show is experiencing Continuity Creep, with season 4 tying into season 2, and we've already been told that season 5 will tie to season 1. That leaves Coven as the sole season to not have any connection to another season, while still having the most unresolved plotlines (read: characters who aren't yet dead). It seems logical they'd want to follow-up.

The final season will deal with the End of the World
There are multiple reasons why this seems like the most fitting ending for American Horror Story. For one thing, it would fit with the show's love of Shout Outs to various genres of horror and fantasy, giving the writers ample opportunity to mock and/or homage the wealth of apocalyptic fiction that Western pop culture has produced in the last century. For another thing, the creators' many hints about the overarching continuity of the show's various seasons seem to be building up to some inevitable climax in the Grand Finale, what with Pepper, Marcy and Sister Mary Eunice showing up in multiple seasons.

Considering we've so far seen the birth of the Anti Christ, the births of multiple children in an alien breeding program, the Devil taking a human host, and the rise of an all-powerful sorceress with a school full of young witches at her command, it seems like there's now room for at least three different flavors of Apocalypse in the American Horror Story universe—or at least room for a high-stakes battle for the fate of the world. And really, once the creators do decide to end the show, a season about the end of human civilization would seem to be the most fitting kind of Serial Escalation imaginable, since it's pretty damn hard to top a full-blown apocalypse.

Not to mention that, with the show's characteristic alternation between modern-day stories and period pieces (with odd-numbered stories taking place in the present, and even-numbered stories in the past), it seems like a season set in the future would be the perfect way to subvert audience expectations.

So...American Horror Story: Apocalypse, anyone?

The characters do not actually look the same in-universe, but the faces we get to see are their souls
Essentially, they are the same souls who get reincarnated over and over, but without space-time continuity. This means they can overlap, because when they die they are reincarnated at another point in time, and they can even be damned souls for "all of eternity", because the universe will eventually die of heat-death, and whatever forces are keeping them around would disappear. Their incarnations may look similar (explaining how Pepper builds such a strong relationship with Sister Jude or The Countess seeing Tristan as "her type"), but never quite the same. This could even be true for supernatural entities.

Season 6 will be set in a Summer Camp
Because a Summer Camp would be classic, with tons of opportunities to reference movies where monsters attack people out in the woods. The returning cast members will be camp counselors who find that the forest and lake within the vicinity of the campgrounds are home to strange monsters that target both them and the children.
  • The lake monster will be a shape-shifter with a human form played by Lady Gaga that it uses to lure in the boy campers and...eat them or something. Because...Gaga as a camp counselor would be hard to swallow.
  • One of the forest monsters will be a Sasquatch. An unsettlingly silent, intelligent one who abducts the children for a much more elaborate purpose than food.
  • Something turns the kids into monsters, like radioactive waste under the camp.
  • A serial killer will appear and have a close connection to his mother as a reference to everyone's favorite Summer Cap associated killer
Season 6 will be set during the aftermath of the American Civil War
And it will feature tall tales of the time being real. A fictionalized Davy Crockett travels the country and encounters such icons as John Henry during his contest with the drilling machine, a young Paul Bunyan when he first meets Babe, and Johnny Appleseed...planting an apple tree. He'll witness Pecos Bill ride the tornado. He'll fight the Red Dwarf of Detroit! And then they are all forced to become an Avengers-style team in order to fight the Devil from Asylum, who is attempting to create an Ant-Christ before Michael in Murder House. But their actions cause reality to warp so everyone remembers their lives differently.
One season will have a forest theme.
There's way too much lore and all around creepy stuff to use. Wendigos, Bigfoot, Jersey Devil and lake monsters. They could pull from the Blair Witch Project ( and tie in to coven) even Slenderman. There's plenty of scary stuff around national parks and mountainous regions. Being from the Appalachia Mtns, forests are very dangerous and scary. Take a step and you can fall through the ground into an old mine, you can get lost and never be found again. Tons of ghost stories and lots of murder when you look into the history of the region.