Season 8 of American Horror Story was full of hidden details and easter eggs that even the savviest of fans may have missed. Did you catch them all?
American Horror Story has established itself as a cult classic series that fans cannot seem to get enough of. Directed by the co-creators of Glee, the show is spooky, smart, and packed full of highly entertaining and talented superstars. No matter the season, two things are bound to happen in AHS: the actors involved are going to have serious star power, and the plot is going to be twisty, winding, and full of hidden details that even the most devoted fan is apt to miss.
Season eight of the popular series deviates from previous seasons by combining former characters, plots, and seasons. The result is fun but sometimes confusing. Keeping up with the storylines can be a job unto itself, so it is no surprise that these ten details in season eight were missed by many.
A Familiar Abode
Considering this particular season brings together so many previous characters, seasons, and setting elements, it isn’t surprising that some buildings fans saw in former seasons come back around in season eight.
Season eight and season one showcase the same house in one scene. What even the most astute TV aficionado might have missed is this particular house also had a cameo in another popular television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where it housed fraternity members.
One Actress Could Barely Mask Her Discomfort
The actors and actresses who appear in season eight are true professionals, and no matter their personal feelings, they can really get into and stay in character. Emma Roberts, who has played characters in AHS’s several installments, could barely mask her discomfort while acting in certain scenes.
In one magazine interview, the actress revealed that when the shot scenes out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by fog, Roberts felt especially unnerved. Fans may have noticed that her unease is not just acting.
Cody Fern Had Barely Any Training For His Role
Cody Fern was cast in an important role for American Horror Story’s eighth season. While he a capable actor, to be sure, even the most accomplished actors need some prep time to get into a role. One hidden detail in season eight is Fern was basically winging his performances.
AHS writer Ryan Murphy only told Fern what his role would be two days before the cameras started rolling. Two days to develop a character for a major series and learn lines is a tall order for even the most acclaimed actor.
The Return Of Pepper
Pepper, played by Naomi Grossman in the second and fourth season of American Horror Story, is one of the most easily recognized characters in the franchise history.
What many fans of the show might have missed is that Pepper returns for an appearance in season eight, but not in the way that we are used to seeing her. It was easy to miss actress Naomi Grossman’s season eight comeback because she looked nothing like her typical buck-toothed character. Instead, she plays one of the participants who performed the Black Mass ritual.
Paulsen Plays So Many Roles
Does it seem like actress Sarah Paulson keeps popping up throughout the eighth season of American Horror Story? Some viewers caught onto the fact that the actress took on a whole lot of acting responsibilities in this season. She played not one, not two, but THREE different characters this time around. She even played two of the three roles on the same day. This undertaking truly speaks to Paulsen’s dedication to the series and her acting craft.
Paulson also stepped behind the camera during the eighth season. That’s right! This stint was her first shot at sitting in the director’s chair.
Hints Of Coven And Asylum
Did season eight feel like a bit of a paying homage-throwback to certain installments of AHS? If you answered yes, you likely caught on to a hidden detail or plot thread included in the popular series’s eighth season.
Writer Ryan Murphy very much intended for this season to feel very similar to the creepy Coven season or the warped Asylum season of the franchise. Parallels between the three seasons are no mistake, and there are plenty of overlapping details throughout every episode, except perhaps the first one.
Purpose In The Color Purple
When it comes to costumes, AHS does not mess around. Many of the pieces that the actors and actresses wear are significant, with solid reasoning behind them. In season eight, the Outpost 3 showcases three distinct colors for three distinct groups. The servants wear grey, the staff is cloaked in all black, and the others rock purple.
The masterminds behind the show didn’t just choose these color details simply because they complement one another. Purple signifies royalty, or a special class, a hidden detail that likely went unnoticed by many.
Michael Certainly Takes After His Dad
Michael. That’s one baby that makes everyone shiver. Season eight might have him looking suave and ready to wreak serious havoc, but the flashbacks have him looking much like his spooky father, Tate Langdon. Their hair is the same, their clothes appear to be the same, and that stare… These two are cut from the same cloth for sure.
The similarities exist to display more than a familiar linkage, though. A small detail explaining the reasoning behind the similarity can be noticed in the speech made to Violet about her son. The evil in his father is now in Michael. Talk about a mother’s worst nightmare.
Capeless Witches By Design
Savvy fans may notice that none of the witches in season eight ever wear capes. Considering capes and witches go together like peanut butter and jelly, this detail proves purposeful and important. These witches are legit. They aren’t riding around on brooms, stirring up mischief in cauldrons, and hanging out with their beloved black cats.
The writers behind the scenes wanted to steer clear from anything that screamed “witch,” while still making it clear that this here is the coven of all covens.
Sometimes the chosen music for particular TV shows and movies hides details and mysteries, and AHS season eight is no different. The series uses songs to include subtle details that many might have missed.
At the end of season two, the Outpost 3 radio start splaying Fleetwood Mac’s “Golddust Woman,” which was fitting considering Mac plays a part in the Coven. The episode also includes Jim Croce’s “Time In A Bottle,” played during an Evan Peter’s scene. Evan Peters appears in X-Men: Days of Future Past, and in one important scene, he is filmed while the song is again playing. Ohhh, so sneaky.
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