American Horror Story Season 6 has only three episodes remaining, and judging by comments from AHS actors as well as co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, we probably still don’t really understand what we’re watching. Back in September, Murphy told Vanity Fair the following.
“… the thing that you think you’re watching is not what you’re watching… It’s a hat on a hat on a hat on a hat that we’ve had to protect.”
In the same interview, Falchuk described how the season is broken into sections.
“It’s like [episodes] 1-5, 6-9, and 10 is its own thing.”
Recently Cheyenne Jackson spoke to VF and supported this idea that the veil has not yet been fully lifted on American Horror Story: Roanoke. First, he spoke about his own character, producer Sidney Aaron James.
“I didn’t think of my character as a bad guy. I don’t think you can think of him as good or bad. You have to question each person on the show, why they do what they do. I thought of my character as a person who had goals and would do anything to achieve those goals. He knew what he wanted and nothing was going to stop him.”
When asked if that meant that Sidney faked his own death for the sake of TV ratings, Jackson wouldn’t confirm or deny that theory.
Finally, we have this statement from Cuba Gooding, Jr., also back in September, and also to Vanity Fair. He described previous seasons as sort of like episodes of The Twilight Zone, then added the following.
“This season, remember I said that. When you see this season, you’ll realize how to interpret that Twilight Zone idea to an entire other level. When your head goes ‘boom’ and you’ve got brains all over the wall, you’re going to be like, ‘Motherf—ing Cuba Gooding Jr.’ I wish I could tell you when it happens, but I can’t.”
There have also been recent reports that a future season will be a crossover of two American Horror Story seasons – Murder House and Coven. And we learned a few days ago that Sarah Paulson’s character from Asylum, Lana Winter, will appear before Roanoke ends. Add to that Ryan Murphy’s statement a couple of weeks ago that Lady Gaga’s character this year is the original Supreme that’s referenced in American Horror Story: Coven, and we have enough clues that we’re getting excited about how it all fits together, and enough clues that speculation is running rampant. Murphy and Falchuk are good, though, very good. There will be something no one saw coming, and that something may involve something we saw or heard but didn’t give enough credence. Let’s take a look at six things that may end up being more significant than many currently believe.
1. Four characters who have made it clear they are all about the money
Rory died in Episode 2 of American Horror Story: Roanoke after saying on-screen that he wanted to leave so he could go to LA to do a screen test for a movie that would include Brad Pitt, saying that Pitt is much more important than Sidney and that he would have his agent work it out. What if that was all staged? What if there was no screen test, but Sidney and Rory’s agent arranged his “death” to up the terror in the house?
Which takes us to Sidney, he could have staged his death as well as that of Alyssa, the cameraman, and Rory. He is obviously all about making the show a success. As Cheyenne Jackson told us, he would stop at nothing to reach his goal. Maybe that includes staging several deaths.
Then there’s Agnes, the actress portraying The Butcher, who told the real Butcher that she just wanted to be on TV. She seems to actually be dead, but there’s one more money-hungry person in the house – Dominic.
Dominic said in the confession booth that he enjoys playing the bad guy because the bad guy is always the lead. He wanted Shelby to see Matt with Lady Gaga’s character in the basement. And his handling of the aftermath of her killing Matt wasn’t exactly selfless. Maybe he is in on the manipulation of events as well.
2. Two suspicious events related to Lee
Yes – two. Of course, there is the murder of her husband, but what about her previous child that went missing? Before American Horror Story: Roanoke broke from the My Roanoke Nightmare portion of the season, the fourth wall was first broken when Sidney asked from behind the camera about Lee’s daughter Emily who went missing when she was 4-years-old. Lee provided an answer, but is that really all of that story? Why bring it up if that’s the whole thing?
3. Dr. Elias Cunningham/Spalding and Bonnets
Was it kind of weird to anyone else that Denis O’Hare’s character in Roanoke was already familiar with the bonneted Priscilla when he appeared on the scene with Matt and Shelby in the re-enactment, strangely similar to Spalding’s love for dolls in American Horror Story: Coven? There were even scenes in Coven of Stanley in a bonnet while playing with his dolls.
4. Cain Polk
Ryan Murphy has promised a character played by Finn Wittrock that is the most messed up character he’s played so far in any season of American Horror Story. This year’s role for him is Cain Polk. The Polks are obviously a seriously messed up family, but we haven’t seen much about Cain specifically yet. He is seen, however, in the trailer for this week and says that they “get TV.” Could Sidney have gotten to him to by filling his head with big stories of being a TV star? We’ve heard that we will learn the story of the origins of the Freak Show Mott family this year and that it’s funny. Of course, Wittrock was Dandy Mott. Is there some tie-in there?
5. The Uber Driver with a Familiar Last Name
Female fans went a little crazy in the episode in which Cricket Marlowe met his demise when the documentary actor for the Uber driver appeared. Very handsome, he also had an interesting last name – Snow. And he basically drove Cricket to his death. Connection to Myrtle Snow’s dislike of Quentin Fleming in American Horror Story: Coven?
6. Murder House
There are just too many similarities between Murder House and Roanoke for it to be a coincidence. Creepy things under wallpaper, a couple who moves across country following a miscarriage, infidelity by the husband, a failure by the couple to get out of the house, children with “flower” names (Violet in American Horror Story: Murder House and Flora in Roanoke), nurses involved in murder cases, the list goes on and on. This can’t be a coincidence.
Some are speculating that Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s statement about previous seasons of American Horror Story could mean that each of those was sort of a piece of a bigger story and that Roanoke begins to pull that bigger story together. It’s possible. But heck, anything is possible with American Horror Story. Check out the trailer for Episode 8 below.
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