SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information that could be considered SPOILERS for ‘American Horror Story: 1984’, so if you are not up-to-date either proceed with caution or turn back now.
It’s to be expected that seasons of ‘American Horror Story’ jump around in time. I’m pretty sure they have all utilized this device, and the latest, ‘1984’– despite its very specific name– has done the same. While the show has focused around 1984, those events are based on a massacre that happened in 1970, and this past episode, “The Lady in White” actually flashed all the way back to 1948, and then to 1989, after the events in 1984. It sounds as though there is actually one more time jump, if we go by the words of Carleigh Herbert, one of the makeup artists working on the show.
Herbert posted a message urging voters to support the series for Best Prosthetics in a TV Show and Best Period/Character Makeup in a TV Show. (I’m not sure what the voting is for. Her message says “voting has begun” but the Emmy Awards were just given out and voting for that won’t take place again until next year. The People’s Choice Awards, which are coming up, do not give out technical awards, as most average people don’t know anything about those areas.)
Herbert posted a message on Instagram, which was then picked up by fans on the subreddit for the show:
As Herbert wrote:
“This season of American Horror Story, we took our main cast between the time periods of 1940s, 1970s, early 1980s, late 1980s, and 2019.”
With the most recent episode, all of those time periods have been checked off, with the exception of 2019. There is a fan theory that the events of this season will turn out to not be real, but rather the contents of a modern movie, that is just set in 1984. That’s awfully meta, and would sort of fall in line with the “twist” of ‘Roanoke’, but at this point, considering that there are only two more episodes, it might be too late to go that far off the rails.
If I had to guess, I’d say that the effects of the multiple massacres at Camp Redwood are still being felt today and there will be some element of the story that will take place in the present.
What do you think will happen at the end of ‘American Horror Story: 1984’?