With the arrival of the official trailer for American Horror Story: 1984, fans are theorizing about how the season ends. AHS: 1984 is the ninth instalment of the series (a 10th one is on the way too) and it shows no signs of easing up on the scares and thrills if the trailer is anything to go by.
Every season of American Horror Story is secretive. After the success of Murder House, Asylum, Coven, and Freak Show, series creator Ryan Murphy became even more cagey — much to the frustration of television journalists scraping around for even the smallest details.
Taken from Dante’s Inferno?
In 2017, one fan on Reddit – Red Herry, suggested that each AHS season correlates with a different kind of sin that is featured in the nine circles of Hell from Dante’s Inferno. In the epic poem, each circle is associated with a different kind of sin and the suggestion is that each season is characterised by one of these sins too.
For example, Asylum is ‘Fraud’, Coven is ‘Treachery’ and Apocalypse represents ‘violence’- given that the world literally ended – and therefore season 9 will represent ‘lust’, which is backed up by two recent trailers which seem to feature teen sex quite prominently. Even Murphy seemed impressed by the idea. Reality didn’t seem to be far off from the fan’s suggestion because the horror theme for Murder House was a haunted house. Coven was witchcraft. Cult was, well, cult but applied to present-day politics. Apocalypse was the end of the world. Hotel was true crime mixed with the surreal and supernatural.
Tackling almost every subgenre of horror every season Murphy confirmed that AHS: 1984 would center around the slasher genre.
AHS executive producer Tim Minear told The Wrap that “This has been an area that Ryan has talked about since I’ve known him, and it’s just a real sweet spot for him. And I think it was time for him to do it,”
But hey, it’s fun to speculate
Once more over Reddit’s AHS community, one fan has suggested that there’s more to 1984 than just a straightforward horror slasher movie; that the show could be really dealing with a game show that the characters are participating in. It’s a theory that builds on some rumblings that 1984 isn’t exactly what it’s presenting itself as.
Fans have also suggested that that is clue that maybe it’s a show within a show, but it could work with the idea of a game show as well.
There’s also a mention in the theory of some of the teasers — the ones that don’t feature 1984‘s actual cast directly — we see campers watching the “real” cast on television. The idea there is that the real cast of 1984 is participating in a television game show, perhaps one like Big Brother just sinister. It’s intriguing to be sure.
American Horror Story: 1984 premieres in the US on Wednesday, September 18 at 10pm ET, and on FOX and NOW TV in the UK. Catch up on series 1-6 on Netflix,
AHS: 1984 Official trailer:
AHS: 1984 Teaser Trailer: