Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hit anthology series, American Horror Story, is re-entering the stratosphere this week with an election- and clown-themed marketing campaign and a new subhead: Cult. The show, famous for its complete and utter lack of subtlety, is sure to bring an all-new set of explosive moments and shocking imagery to Season 7 – how could it not, with Trump and trypophobia on the menu?
Another thing it’s sure to bring? Callbacks to previous seasons. Murphy has long hinted that the seasons are connected, and in the last few years has gotten pretty obvious about it. Characters from different seasons pop up in new ones, references are made to other crossovers, and last names offer clues to less surface-level connections. We know for sure that Freak Show’s creepy clown Twisty will pop up in Cult -- Murphy confirmed as much on his Instagram -- and after the connections-heavy Roanoke last year, it’s possible we’ll get even more major collisions.
Need a refresher on all of the ways the previous seasons are connected? Here’s a look back at re-appearing characters, places, and faces.