It has been quite a boisterous season so far in American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare. We have been dealing with strange sounds, dead pig parts showing up around the house, evil spirits in the forest, and some deranged human-pig monster that is terrorizing Shelby and Matt. The season is not even half way through and there already has been lots of disturbing sequences that leaves me finding more questions than answers. Only response to finding out what the main story is about is to keep watching the latest episodes each Wednesday.
While watching each gruesome episode, I stumbled upon some subtle clues that seem to remind me of the former seasons. For example, this season reveals the history of the house that Matt and Shelby purchased in North Carolina. Dr. Elias Cunningham, played by Denis O’Hare, discusses the former residents that lived in the house years ago. Cunningham also mentions that the house’s first occupant in the 17th century was a man named Edward Phillippe Mott.
Now wait just a moment…doesn’t that last name sound familiar? The Mott family was first revealed in American Horror Story: Freak Show with the introduction of Dandy and Gloria Mott. So if this reference holds true, then Dandy’s family had something to do with the house near the Roanoke colony! Gloria DID reveal that the Motts had an inbreeding problem during the very first episode of season 4. Could Dandy make an appearance this season? It seems as though this season is really crossing over through references from the past season with these subtle hints.
Here’s where things get REALLY strange: Revealing Mott’s family wasn’t the only reference from the past season. The first episode of the sixth season seems too familiar to the first episode of American Horror Story: Murder House – attractive couple buys haunted and mysterious house, only to later regret the decision. Another criss-cross is the Piggyman creature revealed on American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare. Piggyman was one of the monsters from episode 6 of American Horror Story: Murder House in which Derek, played by Eric Stonestreet, was terrified of the urban legend surrounding “Piggy Man”. Is this the SAME Piggyman that is on this season?
Episode 2 of this season makes a reference to American Horror Story: Asylum with the murderous nurses. Miranda and Bridget were elder-care abusers that went on a killing spree during the 1980s, tagging each person with the first letter that would end up spelling ‘MURDER’ on the wall. This kind of sadism was seen in the mental institution Briarcliff Manor. So far each episode has pulled back a reference from the past season.
We are introduced to psychic named Cricket Marlowe in episode 3. Cricket drums up a powerful spell in order to speak with the spirits around the house. Interestingly enough, the theme of spells and spirits was predominant in American Horror Story: Coven. What is even more crazy is that Leslie Jordan, the man who portrays Cricket Marlowe, also plays Quentin Fleming in season 3. The witchcraft and human sacrifice scenes can trace us back to American Horror Story: Coven.
What do these cross-references mean for this season? Will there be any references next episode to American Horror Story: Hotel? Could the Addiction Demon be revealed to have some sort of disturbing history before latching on to Hypodermic Sally? All we can do is sit and wait for the next season on Wednesday. Four episodes later and we are left with more questions, specifically about what these cross-references mean this season.
This has been the most mysterious season of American Horror Story so far! Each episode reveals a small piece of the puzzle that is waiting to be cracked open in the end. I am intrigued at how the pace is slower than usual this year. Usually they reveal the main themes and characters in the first episode, but only a few characters were revealed this time. It’ll be very interesting to watch the latter half of the series to get more background information on the characters (more specifically, figure out what the hell the Piggyman figure is all about!). Until then, keep watching American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare on Wednesday nights at 10 PM.