Twisty the Clown dribbled his way back onto our screens in the Season 7 premiere of American Horror Story: Cult this week, reminding us once again that every season of Ryan Murphy's signature show is connected in some way. It's not just the characters themselves that tie each chapter together though.
It also appears that every season of American Horror Story is linked thematically too, blending together even better than the cheetos on Kai Anderson's face. Smushed together with a similar, yet no less horrific consistency, the likes of Asylum and Freak Show are connected by one recurring motif in American Horror Story: Cult that might have been hard to spot among the aforementioned cheeto blends and piss-filled condoms — and that's where we come in.
Each Phobia Represents Themes From Previous Seasons Of American Horror Story
Much has been made of the killer clowns who exert a cult-like influence over Season 7 of American Horror Story, but they're not the only thing that audiences should be afraid of. During her therapy session with Dr. Rudy Vincent, Sarah Paulson's character breaks down before revealing to her counsellor that three of her old phobias have resurfaced;
- Coulrophobia (fear of clowns)
- Claustrophobia (fear of tight spaces)
- Trypophobia (fear of holes)
Redditor WawaCoffee86 was the first to spot a possible link between the phobias of Ally Mayfair-Richards and recurring themes from previous seasons, suggesting that her fear of tight spaces and clowns could be connected to Asylum and Freak Show respectively.
Another commenter called nikalo then suggested that the third fear, Trypophobia, could be linked to Sarah Paulson's character in Season 5, Hotel. After all, Hypodermic Sally is defined by her drug abuse, so this would make sense given how her needles create holes in her body. Of course, holes are also integral to American Horror Story: Hotel in terms of the puncture wounds left by the vampire attacks, not to mention the blood orgies shown onscreen too.
We wouldn't be surprised if you missed this link given how many references and Easter Eggs were threaded throughout the Season 7 premiere. However, this isn't the only way that creator Ryan Murphy may have potentially connected each chapter of the anthology.
A number of fan theories have surfaced online in recent years, suggesting that each season of the show represents one of the nine circles of hell from Dante's Inferno or even that the characters are played by fictional actors who play different roles in each chapter. Whether you believe any of this or have relegated these theories to the realm of "fake news," it will be fascinating to see how #AmericanHorrorStory continues to thread elements of previous seasons into Cult, expanding the already impressive timeline of the hit anthology show.
Do you think the phobias represented in Season 7 link back to earlier seasons of American Horror Story? Let us know in the comments section below!