With the recent news of the brilliant Lily Rabe joining the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show, as well as the fact that Asylum‘s Naomi Grossman is playing Pepper again, people have reasonably started to suspect that the four seasons of American Horror Story might be tied together.
Well, Ryan Murphy says that those people are right. Speaking to EW about the show, he confirmed that Rabe will be playing her character Sister Mary Eunice from Asylum.
“Obviously she’s playing Sister Mary Eunice,” said Murphy. “The interesting thing about doing a show like this is every season is incredibly its own story and its own beginning, middle and end. Its own journey. But we have always from the very beginning in the intertwining mythologies and how things connect. This is the first year where we begin to tell you that season two is connected to season four which is connected to season one. People have started to write articles about that. A lot of their hypotheses have been completely right on. That’s the fun of the show. Hopefully by the end of the run, be it 10 years or 15 years, people will be able to stand back and be able to say, ‘Oh that was connected to x.'”
“There’s definitely a rhyme or a reason and a connectedness to all of these seasons, but in the same way, they’re standalones, which is the fun of it. But it is a puzzle. And Lily coming back and dealing with Pepper is sort of the first unveiling of that connectedness.”
Asked whether it was just Asylum and Freak Show that were linked, Murphy clarified: “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.”
There you have it, then. Standalones, but tied together. This sounds like the kind of glorious lunacy that makes American Horror Story so much fun; we can’t wait to see how all these strands tie together.
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