As all “American Horror Story” (AHS) fans know, the show often features links between the seasons. Despite the time shifts, different settings and brand new characters that come with the seasons, the show still manages to create links and an interconnected AHS universe for its avid fans.
Linking a Diverse Universe
Each season has been so incredibly different that viewers didn’t know they were linked until a character from season two suddenly appeared in season four. Since then, the links have been showing up with more frequency. Now that we’re on season six, the teasers have shown numerous links to past seasons. In particular, the September 14 premiere of the current season shows strong links between it and the show’s opening season: “AHS: Murder House.”
The first connection between the two seasons could be spotted even before the new season premiered. In a creepy teaser trailer, a freaky doll with an extra-wide, slashed-apart mouth was shown repeating the same garbled line over and over again. Her angelic voice sounds like gibberish to a casual listener, but if you pay attention, and maybe even give it another listen or two, the doll appears to be repeating the words “little angel.”
The AHS fandom noticed soon afterward that this was a line from the “Murder House” season. Constance called her young grandson (who is also the Antichrist) “little angel.” He was only a toddler at the time. Is this an old toy he stole from a little girl in 2011 and somehow possessed in 2016?
Opening Shot Coincidences?
When the September 14 debut finally occurred, the “Roanoke” season premiere’s opening scene showed an upward view of the trees above the camera. Then the camera view came downward toward the old farmhouse in front of the trees. We saw almost the same thing in the “Murder House” season. The same kind of focus on the trees before the camera settles in on the infamous old Murder House can be seen in rerun.
As the premiere episode went on, we realized that we are dealing with a modern-day haunting. There are spooky, supernatural inhabitants lurking in the Roanoke home and outside property. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
It hearkens back to the “Murder House” days. We had the spooky old Murder House, full of history, and it just seemed to attract spooks and evil in its suburb of Los Angeles. It’s ghostly inhabitants, and later even the Antichrist himself, occupied that home. The Roanoke House seems to be the 2016 North Carolina version of that. We don’t know that the Antichrist has moved in, but it certainly would fit in with the number six theme for season six.
And let’s not forget the acting/fame theme. In a completely different take from the other seasons, we are watching a show taking place within our usual horror show. A couple appearing on a reality TV documentary special called “My Roanoke Nightmare” give interviews about their encounters with the supernatural in Roanoke. Interspersed throughout the interviews are what look to be dramatic reenactments of what the couple describe.
Throughout the “Murder House” season, the consequences of pursuing fame and an acting career in treacherous Hollywood came up again and again. We saw Constance, Travis and the Black Dahlia struggle and suffer dire consequences as a result of their preoccupation with celebrity culture. Perhaps the Roanoke couple’s participation in “My Roanoke Nightmare” will also lead to consequences.