Pepper, a Favourite Resident of “AHS: Asylum” is to Return to “AHS: Freak Show”

Photo: Michele K. Short/FX
Photo: Michele K. Short/FX

As my esteemed colleague pointed out, it seems like there is new news about American Horror Story: Freak Show everyday, and I think she might be right. The news we have to share today is very, very exciting and is a total first for the show.

One of Briarcliff’s favourite residents, Pepper, will be making a reappearance in the Freak Show when it rolls into Jupiter, Florida.  There were rumours that we would learn more about Pepper when a leaked call sheet hit the internet a few weeks ago, however today the news has been confirmed by Ryan Murphy himself; “She is in this [season].”

Naomi Grossman will reprise her role as Pepper, and this is the first time that a specific character will have appeared in two different seasons of American Horror Story.  Talking about the decision to bring a character back from Asylum, Ryan Murphy told Entertainment Weekly “We thought about it long and hard and we decided that it was interesting to do.”  For once I completely agree with a decision Ryan Murphy has made!! Who knew that was possible?

According to Entertainment Weekly, it looks like she will have quite the starring role in Elsa Mars’ (Jessica Lange) Freak Show. “What Elsa has done for 20 years is she goes around to hospitals and jails and rescues these ‘freak’ circus performers who are going to be shipped away to asylums and she signs the waivers and she becomes their guardians.”

We know that this season of American Horror Story is set in 1952, and that is over a decade before the events of Asylum, and Murphy says that it “is sort of like what happened to Pepper before she went to the asylum.”  I have to say this seems a very shrewd move on the part of the show’s producers and I can’t wait to see if the events that take place within Freak Show have an impact on the real reasons as to why Pepper ended up in Briarcliff.  I have a theory as to how I would love the two series to mesh together, but as with everything Ryan Murphy is involved in, you never know what he will do.

American Horror Story: Freak Show returns to FX at 10/9C on October 8.

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