No one knows for certain the theme for the upcoming sixth season of American Horror Story, but set photos obtained by TMZ displayed a tree with the word “CROATOAN” carved into it. Will the season focus on the 1590 disappearance of 117 colonists from the North Carolina colony of Roanoke?
If so, the story connects perfectly with Season 1 (“Murder House”). In it, psychic Billie Dean (Sarah Paulson) told a ghost story to Violet Harmon (Taissa Farmiga), who was desperately searching for a way to get rid of malicious poltergeists:
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.”
This would be a clever way to connect the seasons and bring the originally disparate stories full circle for perhaps what should be, based on the previous couple of seasons, the final outing. Here are five other ways the seasons have been connected…
5.) All roads lead to Florida
In “Murder House” (Season 1), Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) was set to leave for Florida to be with her family before she gave birth and eventually died. “Freak Show” (Season 4) takes place in Jupiter, Florida. Were any characters related to Harmon?
4.) Murder House returns
In “Hotel” (Season 5), the Countess (Lady Gaga) visits the Murder House from Season 1
3.) Billie Dean gets around
Also in “Hotel,” psychic Billie Dean Howard (Sarah Paulson) makes a visit. She first appeared in “Murder House” (see above).
2.) Peppered with connections
The first time AHS creator Ryan Murphy revealed that the seasons were connected, both Pepper (Naomi Grossman) and Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe) appeared in both “Asylum” (Season 2) and “Freak Show.”
1.) Hans Gruper changes his name
The best connection for me is one I discovered on my own without reading about it ahead of time. The doctor who mutilated Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) in “Freak Show,” Hans Gruper (James Cromwell), becomes Dr. Arden in “Asylum.”