Well, American Horror Story fans, we have another promo. Some of you are loving all the teasers, and some of you are tired of them and just wish they’d tell us the theme of Season 6 already. That isn’t likely to happen, but this promo is a little different, and we may be able to draw some conclusions from it. Of course, it isn’t simple. American Horror Story is all about keeping us guessing this year leading up to the new season. But maybe some pieces are starting to fall into place.
The new American Horror Story promo starts with a pretty cool sequence of the theme from each season spliced together, one running right into the next. Then it goes right into each of the teasers that have been released so far. Is Ryan Murphy trying to tell us that there is some connection between each season of American Horror Story? If we can just figure out the connection, we can figure out the theme of Season 6?
That seems highly likely since he told Entertainment Weekly back in 2014, “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… 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.”
Not wanting to make it too easy for us, Bloody Disgusting quotes FX CEO John Langraf as saying of the American Horror Story teasers, “One is accurate; all the rest are misdirect.”
So the trick is figure out which one is the accurate one and which one is not like the rest?
The Huffington Post reports that a Reddit user asked himself which American Horror Story teaser is different from the others. The one he chose? The wind chime teaser. Take a look.
So what makes this one different? Reddit user HazyVision was able to link each American Horror Story teaser to a classic horror movie — with the exception of one teaser Wind Chimes.
Does it seem to connect to any previous seasons? Yes.
The most obvious is the nurse. In Season 1 of American Horror Story, the second episode, titled “Home Invasion,” included the murderous cult who wanted to re-enact a murder that had happened in the Murder House in 1968. In that murder, the killer had drowned a woman in the upstairs tub then made another woman put it on before stabbing her to death.
Ryan Murphy also said that American Horror Story Season 1 once included a storyline about a killer who uses hedge clippers, but they abandoned the storyline at that time. Could it be part of Season 6? The opening sequences of each season of American Horror Story include clues about what the new episodes will include. You can see a shot of a man with hedge clippers in the opening sequence of Season 1 of American Horror Story. Take a look below. It’s about 30 seconds in. Then at about 37 seconds, we see just a set of hedge clippers, sitting on a chair.
There’s one more connection that HazyVision makes that strengthens his argument that the American Horror Story teaser titled “Wind Chimes” is the real one. TMZ leaked photos of the site of some filming for the new season. One of the photos shows the word “Croatoan” carved into a tree. This is a reference to a real-life mystery that happened in the late 1500s when over 100 colonists disappeared from their Roanoke settlement. Croatoan, which some people believe is the misspelled name of the Croatan Native-American tribe that lived in the area, was carved into a tree near the settlement. The wind chimes in the American Horror Story teaser have a very Native American look to them.
Croatoan also has a connection to American Horror Story Season 1. Billie Dean Howard talked about it, and Violet tried to use a Croatan spell to get rid of ghosts but failed.
So how could all these pieces fit together to give us the theme of the upcoming episodes of American Horror Story? Well, like most seasons of the show, we know this one will include more than one time period. Perhaps some of it will take place in that Roanoke settlement and the rest in the present day, with a hedge clipper murderer being part of the present-day story. Maybe a descendant of either the Roanoke settlers or the Croatan Indians is either the murderer or the murder victim.
American Horror Story returns to FX on September 14 at 10 p.m. ET. Check out the new promo below.
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