After the first two episodes of American Horror Story: Roanoke, it's very clear that everything co-creator Ryan Murphy has said about calling back to past seasons has been in honesty, as both episodes felt like a remixed version of Murder House. And Murphy has no confirmed at least one way in which this latest season will connect back to Freak Show, and it will involve the backstory of a family most foul. Here's how he put it.
How can a sentence be so magical and damning all at the same time? Ryan Murphy is referring to the Mott family, first introduced in Freak Show. There's mother Gloria, as portrayed by Frances Conroy, and son Dandy, played by Finn Wittrock, and their relationship was...strange...to put it mildly. An aristocrat by heritage, Gloria raised Dandy so that he got everything he ever wanted, which led to his awkward man-child behavior and, eventually, his more murderous tendencies. This is a family whose origins are almost definitely soaked in grossness, and while I can't wait to see it, part of me is already cringing.
The only other thing we really know about a particular Mott family member is that Gloria's husband hung himself in their garden. But we also know that the family tree is one without very many branches, with the estate's wealth kept intact through a history of inbreeding. Is it possible that someone within the Mott ancestry was involved with the Lost Colony of Roanoke? Is Kathy Bates' pig-obsessed murderer involved there? One also has to wonder if this means Conroy and Wittrock will be reprising their roles as Gloria and Dandy, or if they'll be allowed to play their own relatives.
But for those that aren't overly excited about reconnecting with incestuous lineages, Ryan Murphy thankfully hinted to EW that more characters from the past are coming to Season 6.
He isn't specific, but this is one of those times where getting a basic piece of information is more exciting than something detailed. Now I get to pretend that someone at FX got my Papa Legba fan fiction story about him and Sister Mary Eunice on a road trip across the midwest.
Oddly enough, we still don't really know too much about what else to expect from American Horror Story: Roanoke. The first two episodes introduced multiple threats without making it clear how dangerous they actually are for our central characters Shelby (Sarah Paulson/Lily Rabe) and Matt (Cuba Gooding Jr./André Holland). If there is a pattern to be found here, perhaps the next two episodes will be themed around Asylum, putting the Motts back in our lives in Episode 7 or 8.