With four seasons and an amazing cast of characters, American Horror Story has forced viewers to take notice of it. It is true that a series like American Horror Story can be very polarizing. Some will love it while others would rather tune it out. So, we won’t be looking at the series from a love it or hate it angle. We will look at how it is structured and written. For instance, the stories and themes used are different, but are they handling themselves in the right way? Have they been working to better the series as a whole or vainly trying to keep their hold on viewers? Or is American Horror Story in a decline?
Since season two, it has become plainly clear that the series overdoes it with needless storylines. Aliens, serial killers, war criminals, human experimentation, and demons crammed into 13 episodes hasn’t been the best idea. A great deal had to fall to the wayside in order to get to the finale, and it felt like the story was confused with itself. Yet, that could have been taken as nothing but trying too hard to improve from the first season if they hadn’t done something similar in the next one.
Overall, Coven, better known as season three, had a lot of good elements that were lost to a poorly thought-out story. The saving grace was that many viewers saw the seasons as one offs. Who was really going to stress about how the witch hunters arc was never finished or talked about more when it didn’t really affect the events of the next season. Now that the co-creator of American Horror Story Ryan Murphy has publicly stated that all the seasons are connected and a clear link has been made between seasons two and four, the writers have to be very careful not to just ignore huge plot holes. Because the witch hunters looked like a highly organized, widely branched group, there was no way it would have been over that quickly, nor should the ending of season three just ignore that the threat of them was over.
This leads to what I believe has been their biggest mistake. I do not think it was wise to have all the seasons connected. What drew me in was the idea that each season could stand alone. If I didn’t like one storyline, it didn’t really affect the next season. I could pick and choose which seasons to watch instead of forcing myself to sit through a horrible storyline. Connecting all the seasons was nothing more than a fan service that may do more harm than good. Much like having Marvel’s television and movie universes coexisting, having all the seasons of American Horror Story linked limits their writers creativity. There will be a strong push in future seasons to show clear links, or even vague ones, about how they all come together. This may even lead to having a season, or at least part of a season, dealing with how all the pieces come together in a messy, poorly thought-out end.
Though as a possible upside, we may get a chance to see Kit’s (season two) alien/human hybrid grandchild (season two) fight Tate’s weird demon child (season one), while he leads a group of witch hunters to destroy the coven and all traces of witches in the world.
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