Fans of American Horror Story have been sent on a proverbial hunting exposition by Ryan Murphy. The series, which has been renewed for a fifth season, has a penchant for planting clues and hints and teases into its episodes in order to subliminally broadcast its future plans. Murphy himself already stated that there are a few hints in the first two episodes regarding the themes of season five. And after having a look and a thought about it, we’re fairly convinced that the next season of American Horror Story will likely deal with aliens. Like Roswell, Area 51-type alien stuff. And for real this time — not like in Asylum.
To look for clues in Freak Show, one only need to look so far as names: Jupiter, Florida. Elsa Mars. David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.” Coincidental details — or a clue to the future of AHS? Because, really, the next great American horror — or perhaps just straight-up human horror, regardless of borders — is the idea that we’re not alone in this universe. We are not the special, unique snowflakes of life, contrary to some pretty popular beliefs.
Now, we know, yes: aliens were briefly touched upon in Asylum, but they were never really discussed, not really. If anything, the alien subplot of Asylum felt like a throwaway more than anything. Unless it was a nod to the future. We’ve seen now, thanks to the inclusion of Pepper in both Asylum AND Freak Show, that there stories and characters can crossover from season to season. Surely a case could be made for themes to crossover, as well. Particularly when there was never really any closure brought to that story to begin with!
The aliens of Asylum were a throwaway, perhaps a nod to religion, and the idea of looking forward instead of back (as we previously surmised at our old job). In that particular post the alien subplot read like a struggle between science and religion, the inexplicable versus the safe, and what horrors (and promises) our future holds… once we open ourselves up to the rest of the universe.
If Pepper can return here — why not in the next season? After all, we have no idea where she went after Kit and Grace’s children brought her to the woods. We do know that Grace repeatedly explained that their children were here to change the minds of the world and future. What if they are the central focus of next season? Could season five of American Horror Story be an 80s-themed look at alien invasions through the eyes of Kit and Grace’s children, born to “change the minds of the world”?
How fun would that sort of camped up world of aliens and nuttery be in the hands of R. Murph? The answer is: very (I mean clearly). It’s the sort of metaphorical struggle that AHS eats up for storytelling purposes, if you think about it. An alien season of American Horror Story could easily focus on the struggle to bring humans to the universal table — to accept and understand that we are very likely not the only ones in the sky. It could involve secret government alien projects. And undercover aliens scattered throughout the world, living amongst us in an effort to push the evolution of humanity forward. Naturally, this sets up a nice little battle between science and religion.
Besides, Ryan Murphy has always been obsessed with the struggles of the Other. It’s why LGBTQ issues, and any struggle felt by “freaks” and “witches” and “outcasts” have been the lifeblood of the series thus far. Sympathetic aliens being hunted, examined, and experimented on against their will is chock-a-block with more of that same. Trying to win a battle between science and government and religion with nothing more than a couple perceived looney tunes and/or creatures not of this planet to plead these realities with the world and/or universe? Yeah — sounds about right for Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. And admit it: you really kinda want it.
So — what do you think of a fifth AHS season going full-on alien? Leave your thoughts in the comments.