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'American Horror Story' Fan Theories That We Can't Stop Thinking About

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Ten years, 10 seasons of FX's American Horror Story (and one spin-off show), each a bit crazier, a bit bloodier, and a bit wilder than the last. From the child vampires to secret covens of wicked witches, the ghosts and ghouls who haunt each season have left a mark on fans, who continue to speculate long after episodes have come and gone.

Here are a few of the most interesting fan theories regarding American Horror Story. Vote up the fan theories that stay with you.

  • 1

    Dr. Charles Montgomery In 'Murder House' Opened Up The Portal To Hell

    From Redditor u/SheSatan:

    Satan could have easily lived in the Cecil Hotel. The reason why he didn't was because no crimes against nature were committed. Sure, March started the hotel's curse with his "murder god" idea. However, he never committed an act against nature itself. People who were alive simply died.

    But Dr. Charles Montgomery in Murder House did commit a crime against nature. He brought his son back from the dead, which was a crime against nature. In doing so, not only did he condemn all those who die in the house to stay there, but he also invited the spirit of Satan into the Murder House.

    The doctor MADE the portal...

    It wasn't built there. It started with Nora and the doctor because he made the portal.

    Interesting theory?
  • 2

    Time Was Permanently Altered Because Of The Events In 'Apocalypse' 

    From Redditor u/Deus-system-failed:

    In Apocalypse, Mallory (AKA the Next Supreme) is tasked with defeating Michael Langdon by time travel, a rare and powerful ability no other witch has ever achieved. Her first attempt is to save Anastasia Romanov during the Communist uprising fails, but I think the Butterfly Effect has lasting ripples.

    In American Horror Story: 1984, the Night Stalker, AKA Richard Ramirez, escaped from prison and was never caught due to his imprisonment at Camp Redwood. Also Briarcliff Asylum is owned by Margaret and turned into a haunted attraction despite Season 2 claims it was abandoned in 1978 until modern day.

    I think somehow Anastasia did survive due to Mallory intervening, thus causing an odd ripple effect over decades, causing Season 2 to not end the same. Same with Season 5 and Season 6.  

    Interesting theory?
  • 3

    The First Nine Seasons Of 'AHS' Represent The Nine Circles Of Hell

    From Redditor u/visijared:

    The seasons of American Horror Story represent the nine circles of Hell, IN ORDER. Each character within represents one of the seven deadly sins.

    I know this one has bounced around a bit already, Vanity Fair talked about it, but as someone who has read Dante's Inferno from cover to cover (including all footnotes, references, and translations) I think people are missing it by just a hair.

    The nine circles of hell are represented be each season in order, from the outside-in:

    Murder House represents limbo. Characters are murdered primarily based on others not wanting them to leave. Nobody escapes. This season does not represent lust as many believe, although it is indeed a sexy, sexy season. The sexy sins, however, have already occurred in this context, ie. the infidelity has already happened. Characters in the Murder House are busy being tormented for sins they have already committed. Special spirits show up just to torment them and rub their faces in their past, or tempt them to make the same mistakes again. Spirits in the Murder House are in denial about deserving their punishments, which makes it worse and prolongs their suffering. They have opportunities to gain small amounts of progress and insight (ie. once a year they get freedom of choice) but most make the same mistakes and stay right where they are or even backslide. Everyone has to do their time while they reflect the past and slowly come around to accepting they are indeed sinners/frauds/imperfect. When they can admit that, they find peace.

    Asylum is lust. Characters are punished for their whimsical desires. Their fantasies are always met with disastrous reality and never materialize into what they thought they would. They throw reason to the wind and pursue their passions. They die in whirlwinds of dreamy desire.

    Coven is gluttony. The characters in Coven do everything to excess. Displays of opulence, wealth, and power are both the means and the end to acquiring power. Every chance they get to be away from judging eyes (i.e. weekend away from the wife) they engage in unrestrained sex and murder. When faced with death they fight for one last hedonistic experience. Characters are either in the process of discovering their rampant appetites, acquiring the means to support them, or busy filling them. Their appetites never diminish over time they only intensify. They just can't help themselves.

    Freak Show is all about greed. Everyone wants more than they have, or fixated on something they don't have. They all are destroyed because they couldn't quit while they were ahead. They had to keep going, get that extra little bit. Most of the characters are murdered because either someone couldn't stop wanting more, or someone lost interest in the thing they fought so hard to get (because it wasn't the thing they wanted, but the challenge of getting it for themselves that was exciting). They all die wanting. Only the characters who learn to let things go and compromise enough to balance their needs find some measure of peace.

    Hotel is about wrath. Characters are murdered because somebody was upset at someone else's decision. The big important deaths are heat-of-the-moment surprises, vengeful acts that are over-the-top responses to change, and completely uncalled for. When faced with a new truth about life they don't like but have to accept, the characters choose instead to lash out violently. Most deaths are unnecessary, as in, the character didn't kill for survival but for spite. They incite each other using hate and anger to lash out with them as well. Only when they let go of their anger and act out of mercy can they find peace.

    Which leads us to Roanoke, which is all about that sweet, sweet heresy. The old gods, or rather the heretic gods, control the show here. Every character in this season is escaping judgment of some kind, or trying to establish a life removed from social norms. They are each a wolf in sheep's clothing, busy trying to pretend to be something else, something they don't fully understand, for profit. The essence of a reality show is, in itself, a form of heresy. Everyone involved is profiting from lies and misdirection. Offering a false version of reality. Characters are punished for their shallowness and die while shouting falsehoods. They can find peace only by accepting the truth about who they really are.

    You can then break it down by season and character. Remember there always has to be a demon antagonist added in (usually in disguise). For example, Roanoke is as follows:

    * Greed - Lee (takes without thinking, always wants more/can't understand why she can't have more, makes excuses for profiting, fancy sports car, etc.)

    * Gluttony - Monet (drinks to excess for no real reason, only character to be shown preparing herself food)

    * Wrath - Matt (flies into rages, holds resentment and grudges)

    * Sloth - Rory (won't finish his contractual obligations)

    * Envy - Agnes (obsessed with the Butcher)

    * Pride - Audrey (thinks she is better than everyone, ridicules others)

    * Lust - Shelby (hedonistic lifestyle/mindset, had affair)

    * The Demon - First Sidney, then Dominic Banks (wants to mess with everyone, get confessions, sly troublemaker, rubs each wound in salt, etc.)

    Interesting theory?
  • 4

    Adelaide Was A Witch In 'Murder House'

    From Redditor u/stereostarlight:

    I was watching Coven just now, and it came to the part where Nan bakes a cake for Luke. Suddenly, I realized something cool.

    In Murder House, Constance gives Vivian the incense to welcome her to the neighborhood and tells her Adelaide, (played by Jamie Brewer) wanted to bake her a cake but she tended to spit in the cooking.

    Flash forward to Coven, when Fiona hypnotized those detectives by spitting in their cups of water. Witches spit in food to control the consumer's mind.

    Flash forward again to the part where Nan, (also played by Jamie Brewer) bakes a cake for the hot new neighbor she has a crush on. To welcome him to the neighborhood.

    "Adelaide wanted to bake you a cake, but she tends to spit in the cooking."

    Interesting theory?