American Horror Story: Hotel Will Have One Huge Connection To Season 1

Last year, American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy let it be known to the world that all of the show’s seasons have actually been connected in different ways. And now we know one big way that the latest season, American Horror Story: Hotel, will tie back to Season 1: they’re going back to the Murder House!

Details aren’t exactly overflowing like blood about what we can expect from this reference, but Ryan Murphy did say that the show will “go to the Murder House for one episode.” But why would they do that? Will Lady Gaga’s hemophiliac hotel owner be taking part in the Eternal Darkness Tour of infamous residences? Will Denis O’Hare’s cross-dressing Liz Taylor be related to his burn victim character from Season 1? Will this be where Jessica Lange makes a surprise appearance as Constance?

For now, we have to wait and see if any of those questions will have answers, but there is definitely one Season 1 character that was confirmed to appear in Hotel, as EW reports Christine Estabrook is reprising the role of Marcy, the aggravating realtor that originally sold the Murder House to Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott’s married couple. As you might have guessed, she’s also the agent showing off the Hotel Cortez in the anthology series’ latest season, an establishment built (for nefarious reasons) in the 1930s by Evan Peters’ James March. You can see her in action below, as well as what actor Cheyenne Jackson’s fashion designer Will Drake looks like, in a tweet from Jackson himself.

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I kind of assume that Will Drake actually has four arms, with two of them short enough so that the hands don’t come out of the coat sleeves. But in any case, that’s a pretty nifty way to bring that first season back to audiences’ minds in a way that has nothing to do with McDermott’s insufferable Ben Harmon.

American Horror Story: Freak Show was the first season that really brought the connected universe together, as it featured Asylum’s fan favorite pinhead Pepper as one of the performers. And then later in the season, Lily Rabe reprised her Asylum role of Sister Mary Eunice for one episode.

We can’t wait to see what other tie-ins are coming our way when American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX on Wednesday, October 7. Also, maybe we’ll learn that Marcy went to the Real Estate School of The Dead or something.

Nick Venable
Assistant Managing Editor

Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.