American Horror Stories spoilers for episodes 1 and 2 follow.
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Ten years after Tate Langdon first slapped on some rubber in the Murder House, American Horror Story has dragged us back kicking and screaming with the first two episodes of a brand new spin-off called American Horror Stories. Each episode takes us through a unique story set within the AHS universe, and while they're all supposed to be stand-alone, there are of course many links between this show and the one true supreme that preceded it.
us as we grab some talcum powder and slip into something more comfortable to help guide fans through the many AHS links and connections set up in the spin-off's first two episodes. Given this title, no one should have been surprised to see the infamous Rubber Man suit return in the first episode of American Horror Stories.
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But this time around, a teenage girl named Scarlett is the one who takes an interest in some haunted BDSM wear. The first time she tries the suit on and looks in the mirror, someone else wearing the suit stares back at her, reminding us of Rubber Man's perverse history in the AHS franchise.
Rubber Man first came into being when a Murder House resident named Chad Warwick bought the suit to spice things up in the bedroom.
Death soon followed, and it wasn't long before Rubber Man soon became synonymous with Evan Peters' character, Tate Langdon. The suit returns again in Apocalypsea crossover season that ends up taking us back to the Murder House. That's because season eight's antagonist, Michael Langdon, is actually the antichrist offspring of Vivien Harmon and Tate Langdon from season one.
Despite all the closure the Langdon's eventually found in season eight, it's clear that the Murder House still contains an evil presence, as seen here in American Horror Storieswhich we p takes place sometime after Apocalypse.
After they all move into the Murder House, Scarlett's two fathers become increasingly concerned about their daughter. To see what's going on, they invite around a therapist, but after their first session, the unfortunate woman is terrorised by Troy and Bryan Rutger referred to as "Ginger Twin 1 and 2" in the credits. These twin boys ignored Addy's warning back in a flashback from season one and because of this, they ended up dying in the Murder House, trapped there forever. The Rutger's don't kill the therapist though.
Instead, it's someone else who's wearing the rubber suit. Things aren't all bad though. While it's never explicitly stated, this could only be Doctor Ben Harmon, a psychiatrist played by Dylan McDermott in season one.
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Scarlett confessed her sexual desires to Maya during a sleepover, but it turns out that the girls secretly recorded everything she said and live-streamed it too. Just like Taissa Farmiga's Violet from season one, Scarlett reacts to this with an emotional bathtub scene and threats of suicide, except the only ones who die tonight are the four girls who tricked her. As longtime fans will remember, this creature is actually crafted from the pieced together remains of Charles and Nora Montgomery's.
Otherwise known as Thaddeus Montgomery, the character is never referred to as "the Infantata" on screen, aside from in the credits.
Episode two kicks off with more Murder House shenanigans, but it's not long before Roanoke comes into play too. During a session with their newly deceased therapist, Michael reveals that he's encountered a demonic spirit who wears a pig mask. As season six fans will remember, the Piggy Man played a big role in Roanokekilling anyone who dared to venture near Shelby's house. But actually, he was first mentioned way earlier on the show, all the way back in season one's "Piggy Piggy" episode.
It's there that Derrick first introduces the story of the Piggy Man, but he describes it as an urban legend. No pig spirit shows up in that season, but things have now come full circle by bringing Piggy Man back to the place where his story first started.
It's worth noting though that this doesn't really make sense unless there is more than one pig-faced demon running around the US. Halloween has always played a ificant role in American Horror Storyparticularly when it comes to the characters who have passed away. As we first learned in season one, ghosts can only leave the place they died on Halloween.
For the rest of the year, they are trapped, and sometimes these spirits don't even know they're dead.
American Horror Story has played around with this rule a lot over the years, so it should come as no surprise that it comes up again now that we've returned to the place where it all began. Episode two is set primarily at Halloween and follows spirits like Ruby as they leave the Murder House and accompany Scarlett in the real world. At the end, the girls that she helped kill seem to have forgiven Scarlett, and all of the spirits in the house can be seen enjoying some pancakes together as part of a new tradition.
And every Halloween, Scarlett returns to the Murder House to reunite with her dead lover and equally dead fathers.
When fans learned that this spin-off would revisit the Murder House, there was some speculation that fan-favourites like Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters would be back in some capacity. Unfortunately, none of the major cast members from season one return, and that kind of makes sense given the closure that most of them found in season eight's crossover episode.
BUT Tate Langdon does kinda appear in spirit. Quite literally. Redditor SnooPaintings notes that around the marka figure wearing a green sweater appears in the background, watching Scarlett pleasure herself.
The spirit's face can't be seen, but Tate's green jumper is pretty iconic for anyone who watched season one. This secret detail is definitely included to suggest that his character is still around, even if Evan Peters himself isn't credited at the end.
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