The theme of ‘American Horror Story’ has been a mystery for months, and even though it premiered on Sept. 14, there’s still a lot to figure out. But we took a shot at it.
The premiere, AKA, Chapter One, was based on the story of the Roanoke colony and the disappearance that was rumored to have happened in 1590. So, it was told in part, by reenactments. Here’s who was who: Shelby was played by Sarah Paulson, read by Lily Rabe; Matt was played by Cuba Gooding Jr., and was read by Andre Holland; and Lee was played by Angela Bassett and read by Adina Porter. We also got quick, terrifying glimpses of Kathy Bates, and a bearded Wes Bentley.
Shelby and Matt were a couple in love, expecting their first child. (Yes, Marcia Clark and OJ are doing it.) However, after he was attacked in a street fight in LA and she rushed to his side, she immediately miscarried upon touching him. That also somehow, saved his life. To move on, they moved to Roanoke, North Carolina, where they found a stunning, yet terrifying, deserted house.
Immediately, they heard noises, it was raining teeth, and Matt found a dead, skinned animal on their front porch. Shelby also was held underwater by someone with a pitchfork, a story that the police didn’t believe. Matt was hesitant as well, until he installed cameras and saw people coming into the house carrying torches. He had been out of town, so had his ex-cop sister come stay with his wife. Naturally, neither would answer their phones when he called to frantically warn them. They were too busy fighting, then getting locked in the basement.
When they finally did get out and upstairs, the house was filled with Blair Witch-esque stick-figured voodoo dolls; that was enough for Shelby to flee — literally, she got in her car and left. On her way though, she hit a woman — Kathy Bates — and ran after her into the woods, only to find more of those stick figures. The episode ended with her seeing Wes Bentley, carrying a fire torch, as well as a man with his head gushing blood.
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So, what does it all mean? Will it be a different cast every episode? A different story? We don’t know and they haven’t shown much yet — but they did list names of who would be involved at the end of the episode; in addition to who we saw, it also included Denis O’Hare, Evan Peters, and Cheyenne Jackson. Where’s Gaga? No idea.
As for that connection to season one, well it’s in the title: Roanoke. Sarah Paulson’s psychic character, Billie Dean, in Murder House, saying that the word itself can get rid of unwelcome spirits. Here was her speech:
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.”
Alright guys, what did you think of the premiere? What do you think of the season? Are you as lost as we are? Leave all your thoughts in the comments below!