Each season of American Horror Story tells a new horror story that is seemingly unrelated to the others, but Roanoke has a potentially unique tie to the seasons before it. Haven't quite figured it out? There is a new, intriguing theory, courtesy of Reddit user Ah_Salmon_Skin_Roll, that tries to explain it.
First of all, we know for a fact that each season is secretly connected to each other because creator Ryan Murphy told us so. "They're all connected," he told Entertainment Weekly in 2015. "There's definitely a rhyme or a reason and a connectedness to all of these seasons . . . They're all very separate but there are clues every season that we're now telling you how the different worlds are intertwined."
So how exactly will this be done? Here's a theory: each episode is a callback to a specific episode. Episode one is Murder House, given that it's all about a new couple moving into a house and then being haunted by multiple ghosts like the first season. Episode two is Asylum, as evidenced by the two dead nurses attending to elderly patients . . . and then killing them. This more medical storyline is definitely reminiscent of the second season. According to the theory, this trend will continue to happen until episode six — since we are in the sixth season.
"You'll see starting in episode six, the show has a huge turn and the thing that you think you're watching is not what you're watching," Murphy recently told EW. "Even though the subject matter has gotten out, it's irrelevant because nobody gets what we're doing. No matter what you think it is, it's not that. Then, episode six comes and you're like, 'Wait! What happened?'"
So what could possibly be the game changer for that sixth episode? We're not really sure, but we know that it's supposed to be a completely different story entirely and continue on that until episode 10. Perhaps it will show how all of these past seasons tie together through a new story. But for now we're enjoying the references to our beloved previous seasons.