Here’s How The ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ Finale Connects Every Season

Before the mysterious season six of FX’s American Horror Story premiered, creator Ryan Murphy promised that every season of the show is “connected, for sure.” He continued, “You’ll see it this season, and then you’ll really see it after this season. We lay a lot of pipe, and you’ll see it explode in seasons seven and eight.” Murphy’s promise finally paid off during last night’s finale.

We’ll have a full review of the explosive episode — in which it’s revealed that the sole survivor of the season is Flora after her mom, Lee, blows up the Roanoke house so her daughter can have a normal (well, normal-ish) life — later today. But it’s worth highlighting that not only did Murphy pack the finale with a half-dozen shows-within-the-show, including the Behind the Music-ripoff Crack’d and Spirit Hunters, he also, with the return of a character played by Sarah Paulson, connected all the series in his AHS universe.

It begins with The Lana Winters Special — as in, the same Lana Winters who appeared in season two’s Asylum. Like Flora, she was the only survivor.

Roanoke proved it also exists within the same universe as season one’s Murder House by bringing back the Piggy Man killer; tracing the ancestry line of Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock) of season three’s Freak Show to Roanoke mansion builder Edward Mott (Evan Peters); and confirming the Witch of the Woods, Scathach, (portrayed by Lady Gaga) to be the original Supreme witch of season two’s Coven. (Via)

There’s not a direct connection between Roanoke and Hotel, but Murder House‘s psychic Billie Dean Howard (of course played by Paulson) popped up last season, and if Murder House and Roanoke exist in the same universe, that means there’s an indirect link. Not confusing enough for you? Just wait until the Murder House and Coven crossover season. Until then, though, stay away from anyone named Priscilla. Stay tuned for a full recap of the finale.

(Via the Hollywood Reporter)