Are one, or a combo, of those the answer? It's possible -- even probable, who are we kidding? -- that Porter's camera quote is a red herring, or that the twist is more complicated than these hypotheses. As far as official intel goes, those involved with the FX series have mostly remained tight-lipped, but Gooding Jr. let slip to Vanity Fair that he thinks each AHS season functions as a super-long episode of The Twilight Zone.
"This season, remember I said that," he told the magazine. "When you see this season, you'll realize how to interpret that Twilight Zone idea to an entire other level. When your head goes 'boom' and you've got brains all over the wall, you're going to be like, Motherf*cking Cuba Gooding Jr. I wish I could tell you when it happens, but I can't."
Maybe he can't, but Murphy can. The co-creator told Entertainment Weekly this week that Episode 6 has a "huge turn and the thing that you think you're watching is not what you’re watching." Brad Falchuk, the other co-creator, told the mag he feels like Episodes 1-5, 6-9, and 10 function as discrete stories. "No matter what you think [the twist] is, it's not that," he added. "Then, Episode 6 comes and you're like, 'Wait! What happened?'"
Episode 6 feels like an eternity away, so pray to The Tree and The Lightning That Strikes It for clearer clues next week.