When it was revealed in September that Naomi Grossman would reprise her role as Pepper from Asylum for American Horror Story: Freak Show, some fans of the hit anthology series began to speculate that the seemingly free-standing seasons were somehow connected. It turns out they're right.
Creator Ryan Murphy confirmed as much when asked by Entertainment Weekly about returning actress Lily Rabe and her character Sister Mary Eunice McKee. Rabe previously played Sister Mary Eunice in 2012's American Horror Story: Asylum, and she will bring back the character in this year's Freak Show.
"I don't want to say much about it but obviously she's playing Sister Mary Eunice," Murphy said. "The interesting thing about doing a show like this is every season is incredibly its own story and its own beginning, middle and end. Its own journey. But we have always from the very beginning in the intertwining mythologies and how things connect. This is the first year where we begin to tell you that season two is connected to season four which is connected to season one."
"They're all connected," he continued. "We're just beginning to tell you how they're connected. They're all very separate but there's clues every season that we're now telling you how the different worlds are intertwined."
Rabe's return, which will mark the biggest AHS connection to date, is scheduled for the show's mid-season finale in December.