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With less than a month to go, fans of American Horror Story - despite the many spoilers that abound on the internet - are still mainly in the dark when it comes to the theme of the new season. While some of us have been able to put the pieces together in a seemingly coherent enough way to stop our minds from the endless questioning, the rest still need a little convincing to get them there. And thanks to the efforts of some local die-hard fans, we may finally have found the very evidence needed to do just that.

SPOILER ALERT: For those who don't want to know, look away now!

While I'm sure we still know very little when compared to the grand scheme of what lies in store for AHS season 6, we fortunately have been able to ascertain a few certain useful bits of information pertaining to casting, potential themes, and even the surprise (maybe) killing off of a returning star. Set photos obtained by TMZ, displayed a tree with the word "CROATOAN" carved into it. This led many to believe Season 6 would focus on the 1590 disappearance of 117 colonists from the North Carolina colony of Roanoke.

But has this been the plan all along? Was this set in motion from the very first season, following the pattern set by Ryan Murphy of keeping his stories connected? I think we all remember the subtle and the not-so-subtle clues left for us to tease the many ways the seasons of AHS have been intertwined:

  • Murder House is visited by Lady Gaga's Countess in Hotel
  • Both Pepper (Naomi Grossman) and Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) appear in Asylum and Freak Show
  • Freak Show's Elsa Mars' past reveals the doctor who mutilated her was named Hans Gruper, who also becomes known as Dr. Arden (James Cromwell) in Asylum
  • Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) was set to leave for Florida to be with her family before she gave birth and eventually died in Murder House. Freak Show takes place in Jupiter, Florida.
  • Sarah Paulson's psychic Billie Dean Howard makes appearances in both Murder House and Hotel.

Those are just a few of the many examples where Ryan Murphy has brought his series' varied collection of horror stories together. Interestingly enough, it's Sarah Paulson's Billie Dean who opened the door to what we might expect from Season 6's mysterious tale.

Everything Is Connected And It Has Always Been

Sarah Paulson as Billie Dean Howard in 'AHS'
Sarah Paulson as Billie Dean Howard in 'AHS'

The spoilery set photos were not the first time the lost colony of Roanoke has been associated with the horror anthology series. Way back in the glory days of Season 1, Sarah Paulson told this ghost story to an impressionable young Violet Harmon, who was desperately searching for a way to rid her home of its many malicious poltergeist inhabitants:

It’s difficult to banish a spirit, but not impossible. The most successful attempt I know of happened when America was known as the new world: In 1590, on the coast of what we now know as North Carolina, the entire colony of Roanoke—all 117 men, women, and children—died inexplicably. It became known as the ghost colony because the spirits remained. They haunted the native tribes living in the surrounding areas. Killing indiscriminately. The elder knew he had to act. He cast a banishment curse. First he collected the personal belongings of all the dead colonists. Then they burned them. The ghosts appeared, summoned by their talismans. But before the spirits could cause them any more harm, the elder completed the curse that would banish the ghosts forever. By uttering a single word. The same word found carved on a post at the abandoned colony: “Croatoan.”

For those who don't remember, Violet attempted to cast the curse herself against Chad (Zachary Quinto) but it tragically failed to garner the same result.

What Does This Mean For Season 6?

So, what does this mean? Clearly Violet didn't know what she was doing. Or Billie Dean didn't know what she was talking about. Or maybe she just didn't know the full story. Is it possible this is what will be explored when the series returns on September 14th? As of right now, I'd say it's even more than possible. The evidence, at least at this point, is too overwhelming to suggest otherwise. But as we know that the new season will not only focus on the past, but also the present, what else could we be set to see? Now that, my friends, remains the true mystery — at least for another month.

Do you think 'American Horror Story' will connect Season 1 to Season 6? Sound off in the comments section below!


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