Speculation over whether the seasons of American Horror Story are totally different stories or are in fact related plot lines have been rife ever since two characters from Asylum showed up in Freak Show.
Pepper (Naomi Grossman) and Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) both made an appearance in the latest series of the hit FOX horror series, and fans soon began to speculate over how the two story lines could be related.
Ryan Murphy, who co-created the series, has since confirmed that the theorists are correct.
“They're all connected,” he said during an interview with EW.com. “They're all very separate but there's clues every season that we're now telling you how the different worlds are intertwined.”
Some of the theories which have emerged online, he said, are “completely right”.
“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.’”
26 Netflix shows you need to watch
26 Netflix shows you need to watch
1/6 Breaking Bad / Talking Bad
If 37 of your friends haven't convinced you to watch this masterpiece by now, I'm not going to be able to. If not the best TV series of all time then certainly the most entertaining, Breaking Bad tells the story of a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who throws his hand in and decides to cook crystal meth instead. If you're a devout fan and missing the series, its sister discussion show Talking Bad is also on Netflix and may be worth checking out, if just to reminisce on the weekly theorising that gripped us.
2/6 Orange is the New Black
Taylor Schilling plays a middle class woman who is forced to trade her comfortable New York apartment and Mad Men boxsets for a tough, tyrannically-run women's prison, but it’s the supporting cast you'll stick around for. As well as being very funny, OITNB packs an emotional punch as you learn how the rest of the Litchfield inmates came to be incarcerated, challenging your preconceptions of them. Season 1 is up now, and season 2 is right around the corner (arrives 6 June).
3/6 Trailer Park Boys
A seven season micro-budget mockumentary might sound like hard work, but actually you'll find yourself chomping your way through this hidden gem in no time. It centres on the recidivists and down and outs of a Canadian trailer park, whose daily struggles include scraping enough money together to buy smokes, repelling cats who piss on their weed plants and trying not to pass out drunk in the street. You'll instantly feel bonded to protagonists Julian and Ricky, while their neighbour Bubbles is comedy gold. Each episode is only 20 minutes, get binging.
4/6 Louie (US only)
Start by watching Louis C.K's stand-up Live at the Beacon Theater (also on Netflix) then plough on into this series. It sees the comedian play a semi-autobiographical version of himself gigging, raising his two kids and trying to cope with the world of dating far later in life than he expected to. It doesn't pack a high laughs-per-minute ratio, but that's not really what he's going for in this series. It's more Woody Allen territory really (indeed he went on to star in Blue Jasmine last year), and has a surprising emotional depth. Season 2 is shaky, but worth sticking through for season 3 which is brilliant and incredibly thoughtful.
5/6 House of Cards
For too long US political dramas were all flags slowly unfurling in the wind to bugle calls and overblown final-hour speeches, but this Netflix original takes a much dimmer view of Washington. Kevin Spacey plays conniving congressman Frank Underwood, who will walk over anyone's dead body (maybe literally?) to get into power. Season 2 is even better than the first and watching it is like sitting down to eat a 16oz steak, so dense is the political plotting.
6/6 Arrested Development
Living in a pre-fab show house with his shallow, avaricious family, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) is surrounded by fakery. When patriarch George goes to prison Michael must take charge of the family business, which turns out to be something of a poisoned chalice. Very funny and very innovative, though the latest season, a half-Netflix original, may be too meta and ambitious for its own good.
“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,” he continued on the subject of Pepper being the first sign of the interwoven plotlines.
“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... 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.”
But that isn’t the only series revelation made in Freak Show thus far, Murphy continued. There’s a “big season five clue” to be found as well, in the top hat and coffee given to Maggie (Emma Roberts) by the police.
He also gave away a major spoiler.
Twisty the Clown and Edward Mordrake’s appearances are not over – despite the former dying in the most recent episode.
“They both make triumphant returns,” Murphy said. “I was shocked to read so many of these 'RIP Twisty' websites and blogs have sprung up. People love Twisty...He will return.”Reuse content