How American Horror Story Freak Show Connects to Roanoke
EW exclusively revealed that AHS: Roanoke is also directly tied to Freak Show and, more specifically, to its immature psychopath Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock). Viewers will get a piece of the Mott family origin story. Teases Murphy, “We explain how the Motts began which is funny.”
The Mott family are not the only blasts from the past. Murphy says that there are many more AHS alums that will pop up on Roanoke. “Many, many, many that you have not seen in years that you have wanted to see,” he says. EW
Murder House Connection and Linking Word Croatoan.
The Croatoan (or Croatan) were an Indian tribe in the area where the colonists of Roanoke settled. Croatoan Indians were a part of the Carolina Algonquians, a southeastern designation of the greater Algonquian source.
The Croatoans were a very spiritual tribe, and conjurors and Priests were distinctive spiritual leaders. Priests were chosen for their knowledge and wisdom, and were leaders of the organized religion. Conjurors on the other hand were chosen for their magical abilities. Conjurors were thought to have powers from a personal connection with a supernatural being (mostly spirits from the animal world).
It is known that the coming of Europeans upset tribal relationships. While the English may have held great military might over the Carolina Algonquians, the Native Americans’ control over food and natural resources was a much more decisive factor in the conflict with early settlers. Despite the varying relationships among tribes, the and Croatoan were believed to have been on very good terms with English settlers of the Roanoke Colony.
Much research has been done on the fate of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, and It is possible that some of the survivors of the Lost Colony of Roanoke may have joined the Croatoan. Governor White, the leader of the colonists who left for 4 years back to England to seek supplies, finally reached Roanoke Island on August 18, 1590, three years after he had last seen them in Virginia, but he found his colony had been long deserted. The buildings had collapsed and “the houses [were] taken down”. The few clues about the colonists’ whereabouts included the letters “CROATOAN” carved into a tree and the letters “CRO” carved into a fence post. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croatan
It is not known if these carvings were to point to the tribe as the culprits in their disappearance, if it was meant to warn the tribe of something happening, or instead to inform them that the colony had moved on. One theory with traction is that the word ‘Croatoan‘ that the settler’s had carved into the tree was not an accusing finger but an indications that the peaceful Croatoan’s would know what had happened. The Croatoans were spiritualists and their history is rich in spiritual ceremony and ritual. Many ceremonies were held to raise the spirits of the dead to help in the harvest.
The Croatoan tribe believed in an embodiment of pure evil, their version of Satan if you will, embodied in a serpent that could possess others and cause them to kill and even eat others. One theory is that the “Devil’s Night” reveal fir episode 6, the appearance of Lady Gaga, is going to be that of this embodiment of evil, perhaps going by the name Croatoan. This could be the prime evil, the focus and focal point of all of the evil happenings in this house and on this property, and ultimately even the cause for the disappearance of the settlers from the Lost Colony so many years ago. Now as many might already know, we have already had our first appearance of Lady Gaga… she is the dirty lass that Cuba Gooding Jr. was nailing in the woods in episode 3, though he has no memory of this.
The connection between the seasons is clear, though how it will ultimately manifest is as yet unknown. What we do know is that there are some evil nasties there at that house, and from the previews after episode 3 it sounds like The Butcher is not going to be very happy that the house didn’t get burned down as promised.