After the finale of Freak Show, I'll be surprised if Ryan Murphy and the cast of American Horror Story can top the last four seasons and bring an even more amazing season of the show to our screens. However, there are many interesting theories about what the theme of season five will be...
After confirmation from Ryan, the Top Hat that features in an episode of season four (pictured below) is in fact, a clue to the theme of season 5. Which has created many different theories for the upcoming season. Here are three of the most interesting and popular themes mentioned by fans...
1. Operation Top Hat:
"Operation Top Hat was a "local field exercise" conducted by the United States Army Chemical Corps in 1953. The exercise involved the use of Chemical Corps personnel to test biological and chemical warfare decontamination methods. These personnel were deliberately exposed to these contaminants, so as to test decontamination".- Wikipedia. This theory is one of the most popular, as well as the most likely. Operation Top Hat sure would make an interesting season, as it features the use of human subjects in chemical, biological, and other forms of tests; surely resulting in disfiguration, poisoning and death. As many of the humans involved were not informed of the tests they would be partaking in, so were tested on against their will.
Because Operation Top Hat would take place around the same time as season four, crossovers between characters would be conceivable; such as the disfiguration of Chemical Corps personnel, transforming them into what would be considered in the 1950's as "freaks".
2. Albert Anastasia:
This theory was posted by The Voodoo Queen, on the Facebook page American Horror Story Fans Unite; and I must say, this is my favourite. Albert Anastasia was "one of the most ruthless and feared Cosa Nostra mobsters in United States history. A founder of the American Mafia, Anastasia ranMurder, inc. during prewar era and was boss of the Gambino crime family during most of the 1950's." Albert Anastasia's nickname was in fact "Mad Hatter" possibly relating to the theories surrounding his condition from inhaling toxic fumes, which would explain the Top Hat clues.
Another possible clue for this theory appears in season two, where The Monsignor tells Sister Jude "My, you're as mad as a hatter." Which is probably just coincidence; but I'd like to think not. Because his crimes were committed before and during the 1950's, character crossovers are also possible.This theory could easily be correct.
3. Alice in Wonderland:
Even though this theory is unlikely to be correct, considering it's American Horror Story, not British Horror Story. (Unless, it is based off the American made animation by Walt Disney Productions.) I still like the idea of the classic tale getting a violent and possibly gory T.V appearance, that would be amazing. There are countless references from all four seasons that could indicate Alice in Wonderland being the next theme for American Horror Story.
A few of these include the line “Those girls couldn't pull a rabbit out of a hat.” The smoking of opium by Elsa, as a reference to the caterpillar (laying down on a bed). The croquet set in Dandy's room (a Queen of Hearts reference); and the line: “Cat got your tongue?” is a direct reference to the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland.This theme would be great for a season of American Horror Story; too bad all these references are probably just coincidental.
So...Which theory do you want to be correct?
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