It has been no secret that all seasons of American Horror Story are linked somehow. Now, as Season 6 of AHS winds down, another link between Roanoke and a previous season is established with the appearance of Lana Winters and the mention of Bloody Face.
Spoiler alert: This article discusses FX’s American Horror Story: Roanoke and AHS: Asylum. Please proceed with caution if you wish to avoid spoilers.
With the Episode 10 preview of AHS: Roanoke, it was established that Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) would make another appearance. The preview showed Lana interviewing Roanoke character, Lee (Adina Porter), about her time in the Roanoke house, as well as her court battles in regard to the people she murdered and the subsequent custody battle for her child, Flora.
Besides the appearance of Lana Winters to link Roanoke back to AHS: Asylum (which was the second season of American Horror Story), there was also mention of another AHS: Asylum character: Bloody Face.
For those of you who have not yet viewed AHS: Asylum, Bloody Face was a character who was also a serial killer. He liked to select victims for their skin and fashioned a mask out of it, hence the name Bloody Face. Lana Winters and Bloody Face will always be linked due to the fact that he raped Lana and conceived a child, Johnny (Dylan McDermott). Lana adopted this child. But he returned later in life to kill her, having attempted to follow in his father’s footsteps. Lana, however, beat him to the draw and killed her own son.
In the Season 6 finale of American Horror Story: Roanoke, however, the audience discovered something further about this AHS storyline thanks to Lana’s interview with Lee.
In the interview, Lee admitted she had picked Lana specifically to interview her because she had been through a public ordeal, such as Lee had in Roanoke.
“[I chose you] because of you, because of who you are and what you’ve been through. I mean, Jesus, you killed your own son, Bloody Face,” Lee stated.
“I killed a psychopathic murderer before he could kill me,” Lana responded. “I did what I had to.”
Lee mentions Lana had killed Johnny, indicating that it is public knowledge that Lana killed her own son and that her son was Bloody Face. While it can be assumed this information would be public knowledge in the AHS universe, it is now confirmed thanks to Lee in Roanoke. It also needs to be noted here that Bloody Face is the name given to both the man who raped Lana and Lana’s son, Johnny, who emulated the original Bloody Face.
As well as Bloody Face getting a mention in Roanoke, Season 6 of AHS managed to tie together the previous seasons in more definitive ways than in previous seasons. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, American Horror Story‘s creator, Ryan Murphy, has managed to deliver “on his promise to clearly thread together Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Hotel, and Roanoke as all existing within the same universe.”
In AHS: Roanoke, this was done in many ways. For example, Lady Gaga’s character in Roanoke, Scathach, has been revealed by Ryan Murphy to Vulture as being the original Supreme witch from Coven. Then, it was revealed that the original owner of the Roanoke house was a relative of Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock) who appeared in Freak Show. The Pig Man legend from Murder House was revealed as also originating in Roanoke. Roanoke was also first mentioned in Murder House, so five seasons later, it finally got its own show. Finally, Lana Winters, who first appeared in AHS: Asylum, returned — out of retirement — to appear in Roanoke, therefore connecting Season 6 back to Season 2 once more.
While AHS: Roanoke did not directly link to Season 5, Hotel, that season does connect to prior seasons of American Horror Story, as Mic points out. Therefore, it could be said that Hotel and Roanoke are tentatively linked thanks to the other seasons.
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