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“American Horror Story” wrapped its madcap fifth installment with more than a few nods to its predecessors. Co-creator Ryan Murphy has always been candid about his intentions to connect all of the seasons of “AHS,” but usually, these enigmatic clues are thoroughly buried under veiled references and crackpot theories. However, “Hotel” didn’t hold back with it came to connecting the dots.
Familiar faces like Dr. Montgomery, Queenie and Sarah Paulson’s Billie Dean Howard all made appearances in “Hotel,” making the anthology’s connecting threads more exposed than ever. So, how are all of the seasons of “American Horror Story” connected? Let’s take a look back at all of the biggest clues Murphy and co. have dropped since the show’s disturbing inception:
The winter finale of “Freak Show” was the first time two seasons actually collided, when Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), from Season 2’s stellar “Asylum,” came to Sudbury, Massachusetts to take fan-favorite Pepper (Naomi Grossman) to Briarcliff Manor after the death of her sister.
The state of Massachusetts has been one of the common threads throughout every season. In Season 1’s “Murder House,” the Harmon family moves to Los Angeles from Boston. Briarcliff Manor in “Asylum” was built in Massachusetts in 1908 as a tuberculosis ward, and was then taken over by the Catholic church in 1962.
Meanwhile, Season 3 showed up glimpses of the Salem witch trials, and Queenie mentions she’s a descendant of Tituba. In Season 4’s “Freak Show,” we learned that Elsa worked at a Boston circus in 1936, and Pepper also went to live with her sister Rita in Massachusetts in 1952 before being committed to Briarcliffe. While there’s no direct reference to the state in “Hotel,” Mr. March’s (Evan Peters) unique accent has been described as a Boston Brahmin accent, which alludes to the fact that the reprehensible serial killer was most likely born in the Boston area in 1895.
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