Update 10/7: For those of us speculating all across the Internet, Ryan Murphy got to talking with Entertainment Weekly and made the following statement:
I've been looking and nobody has gotten it right...We're not doing space. Because space is not in America. It's American Horror Story not Intergalactic Horror Story. But I thought the clues about people thinking it was space were clever. I always love it when people come up with these theories but it is 100 percent not space. It is land-bound and it takes place in the United States.
While Season 5 set in space might not happen, that doesn't mean that it can't be thematically related. If we remember, Murphy also made similar statements about Season 4 not being about a circus, but we still ended up with the fairly similarly themed Freak Show. And after all, Roswell and Area 51 are also land-bound! But for now, let's just say we're back to the drawing board. If you have any ideas, please let me know in the comments!
Luckily, in the same interview, Murphy gave some happier news. It looks like next week Wes Bentley will make an appearance, and we will finally meet Emma Roberts and Denis O’Hare's characters.
Update 10/13: According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX has officially been confirmed for a 5th season! It's hard to say that this is a surprise given the massive success of Murphy's show and it's record-breaking premiere, but it's a comfort nonetheless to know that our Fall Wednesday nights will still be occupied by American Horror Story.
Now only one question remains. Will Jessica Lange return post-Freak Show? While she publically claimed that the 4th season would be her last, Murphy remains hopeful that she will still partake in the show, even if it's not as the star.
On Wednesday night we got to watch the first episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show, and boy, was it a doozy. Entertainment Weekly got to sit down with the showrunner Ryan Murphy to discuss all things Freak Show. If you haven't watched the episode yet, spoilers below! Not massive spoilers, mind you, but just fair warning.
As has been the case with other seasons, Murphy has peppered Freak Show with clues towards the theme of next season.
EW: And have you figured out season 5?
RM: Yes, I have figured it out. I’m already meeting with actors about asking them to play roles.
EW: Can you say anything about it?
RM: Noooooooo! But there are clues in the first two episodes because I figured out season 5 very early on and I know that the fans love that. So there are clues that are dropped.
Okay guys, this means that it is time to speculate on some theories. Lucky for us, the twitter user Jalenw4l and Headlines & Global News were quick and took to the internet with their ideas. All throughout the episode there seems to be some recurring themes and images...
Let's take a closer look!
Okay, maybe a bit of a stretch but I can see the UFO shape. Oh and just a tip, that friendly little alien face wasn't actually in the show if you couldn't tell. I know, it looked pretty authentic.
Planets? Solar system? Yeah, I get it.
A change as in hitting a different atmosphere? And apparently we need some space goggles to get us through said atmospheric changes. Here's the biggest hint of all...
Jessica Lange's character Elsa singing "Life on Mars" seems like a pretty massive clue, but on the other hand, we know that Murphy likes to trick us. Beyond the images, there were several space themed references that we can think about. The blogger Breeveandk made some really great observations:
I don’t know if these might actually be hints, but I just got bombarded with all of these in my head at once:
The show takes place in Jupiter, Florida.
Dot has a line in the very beginning where she says, “…like the inescapable pull of gravity…”
Jessica Lange’s character is named Elsa Mars, and she sang “Life on Mars”
Something to do with space, maybe?
I’m not sure exactly where Ryan Murphy would be going with it, but that’s a lot of space references tbh.
Those are some pretty solid points. My only issue with this that AHS already touched on aliens in [American Horror Story](series:206668): Asylum. But, if this is the case, then it supports the running theory that all of the AHS stories are actually inter-connected.
Since Murphy said that the hints would continue through to next week's episode, I guess all we can really do is hope that we'll see more indicators that will help confirm our theory or lead us in another direction entirely!
Ryan Murphy, you're the best. Your shows are confusing, crazy, and always blindside us with twists that we didn't even know that we wanted. I just have to say...
Maybe we're right, maybe we're wrong. If you guys have any other theories please add them in the comments so that we can all go into Episode 2 knowing all that we possibly can!