Ever since Ryan Murphy first revealed that each season of American Horror Story is connected, fans have gone crazier than pagan Gaga trying to spot every link.
Explicit links between the first season of American Horror Story and My Roanoke Nightmare have already begun to surface, including that disturbing pig motif and the prominence of the word 'murder' in Chapter Two. So far, though, no concrete references to Season 3 have arisen.
That's all set to change if a new fan theory from Redditor SweetBaconTater turns out to be true. The idea itself —that Shelby is in fact a witch— is rather simple, but the potential ramifications are huge.
How Could Shelby Be A Witch On My Roanoke Nightmare?
The Season 6 premiere of American Horror Story raised more questions than it answered, but one particularly strange moment that slipped past most viewers was the way that Shelby lost her baby.
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Towards the beginning of the episode, the talking heads explain that Matt was attacked in the street and brought to the brink of death. Presumably the stress of this or perhaps even the moment Shelby was shoved was responsible for her tragic miscarriage — but is it just a coincidence that Matt's life was miraculously saved all of a sudden, just as his own child died?
SweetBaconTater's theory argues that Shelby used a spell called Vitalum Vitalis to swap the life of her unborn child with Matt's. This particular ability has already been established in American Horror Story: Coven, and we know now that every season is set in the same reality, so this certainly isn't outside the realms of possibility. Murphy himself said that children would play an important role in Season 6 too.
The theory goes on to suggest that the ghosts are drawn to Shelby because she can perceive more than most thanks to her witch heritage, so they deliberately target her from the get-go. In the first episode, Shelby also says that she could sense evil in the house, which could easily be explained as one of her potential abilities. Does Shelby end up surviving her ordeal at the house precisely because she possesses magical powers that she could use to keep the evil forces at bay?
Does Shelby Know She's A Witch?
In the talking heads segment, Shelby reveals that she knew Matt would wake up in the hospital if she could just touch him. This, of course, could simply come from a place of love — but it could also be Shelby's nascent supernatural abilities coming to the fore.
It's likely that Shelby's new life in the haunted house is the first time that she's ever encountered spirits, which would explain why she seems unaware of her gifts.
After all, if I possessed magical abilities, that's the first thing I'd think of using when the likes of Kathy Bates rock up to my door and lock me in the basement. Instead, Shelby calls up her husband and runs around in fear, which makes total sense if you're just a regular Muggle, or remain unaware of your magical heritage.
Is Shelby Actually Misty Day From American Horror Story: Coven?
All this talk of witchcraft has led some to expand even further upon the original theory by claiming outright that Shelby is in fact the same character as Misty Day, the hippy witch from Season 3.
Sure, Lily Rabe plays both Misty and the 'real-life' Shelby, but the similarities don't end there. Both characters share a love of nature and spirituality, as made evident through their gardening and yoga. Most importantly of all though, both Misty and Shelby seemingly possess the power to reanimate life, bringing people back from the dead.
There's a problem though. At the end of Season 3, Misty became trapped in the nether realm and was forced to relive an awful childhood memory over and over until her body eventually disintegrated into ash. Lily Rabe's version of Shelby looks far too well put-together for that, unless of course she used her powers of resurgence to bring herself back from the dead. Did Misty Day change her own name and start a new life with Matt? This becomes even more problematic if Shelby isn't aware of her gifts, meaning that My Ronoake Nightmare is situated before Coven in the timeline. Neither approach makes total sense when you break this aspect of the theory down chronologically.
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Whether you can stretch your imagination far enough to believe that Misty and Shelby are actually connected, or whether you doubt if witchcraft will even come into play at all during My Roanoke Nightmare, this theory certainly makes you stop and think. One of the reasons that American Horror Story: Coven remains such a fan favorite season is because of the way it empowered each female character through supernatural means, and it would be fascinating to see the show go down a similar route through the character of Shelby.
Maybe then she could defend herself better against the likes of these grotesque killers who were inspired by real people:
Do you think Shelby could really be a witch in American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare or is this just a fun fan theory that won't come true?
Source - Reddit