In this slasher movie-inspired season, wide-eyed ingenue Brooke (Emma Roberts) narrowly escapes Los Angeles serial killer the Night Stalker by joining new friends for a counselor gig at Camp Redwood. Unfortunately, Brooke learns too late that the secluded lakeside camp has a blood history all its own.
As revealed in the show’s first episode, former worker Mr. Jingles (portrayed by an unrecognizable John Carroll Lynch, the same man who terrified as Twisty the Clown on American Horror Story: Freak Show) killed nine people at Camp Redwood a decade earlier. When Mr. Jingles busts out of the mental institution that kept him locked away for years, it’s clear that his killing spree is only getting started. Not great news for Brooke, but definitely bad news for her coke-snorting, co-ed fornicating friends. (Haven’t they ever seen a slasher movie?)
American Horror Story: 1984 pays homage to iconic genre films like Friday the 13th, Halloween, Sleepaway Camp, and Nightmare on Elm Street. However, don’t expect a straight-up slasher with this series. On American Horror Story, things are rarely as they appear to be, and there’s always a twist that turns everything on its head.
In episode 8, reporter Stacy (Stefanie Black) references the show In Search Of, a series all about mysterious phenomena like Bigfoot, aliens, and the Bermuda Triangle. Could this be the show teasing the theme of season 10? Murphy did recently claim to TV Guide that there will be a big "clue" to the next season's theme in episode 8.
In "The Lady in White," we learn that Jingles desperately wants to protect his son from Ramirez, so much so that he ends his life in order to break up the pact he made with the serial killer. Finn Wittrock, who returns to the series in upcoming episodes, could portray the son at a later point in his life.
Status Of This Theory? Turns out, fans were right! Wittrock returns to the franchise as Jingles' baby, all grown up and ready to explore Camp Redwood in 2019.
Michael Langdon, is that you? Given the bizarre resurrection following the Night Stalker's death, it's possible he has powers far greater than a normal, human serial killer. Is it Camp Redwood that holds the supernatural connection...or Ramirez?
Status Of This Theory? There's nothing super special about Ramirez after all. At the end of the season, he's just another ghost the other ghosts love murdering over and over again.
Theory: Margaret Is Actually Real Estate Agent Marcy
In American Horror Story's first season, Marcy (Christine Estabrook) sells the Harmon family the Murder House. Margaret is swiping up haunted properties left and right. Could she really be Marcy, just decades earlier? Marcy could theoretically be a nickname for Margaret, no?
Status Of This Theory? Nope. As far as we know, Marg is just Marg.
The ghost of a camper run over and killed the night of Mr. Jingles' massacre is still lurking around the camp, believing it's that fateful night. Are the other deceased campers also hanging out at the camp? If so, maybe Camp Redwood is more than just a place where something horrible happened: Maybe it has some supernatural pull to it, a la the Murder House. When you die in Camp Redwood...maybe you never really die.
Status Of This Theory? If the Murder House is its own sort of purgatory, then so is Camp Redwood. Most of the counselors are dead, but unable to leave Camp Redwood. Montana, however, is pretty cool with it: She declared she's ready to be a "god" of the camp, despite being killed by Brooke.
Theory: Mr. Jingles Is Out For Revenge On Margaret
The undead camper claimed Mr. Jingles ran over him with his car. Margaret claimed Mr. Jingles was in the camp, slaughtering her friends. These two facts could both be true — maybe Mr. Jingles hit the camper after his massacre? — but it's also possible that Margaret is fibbing about something. Did she really commit these murders, then blame Jingles for it? Or could she and Jingles have plotted against the campers together, only for Margaret to throw Jingles under the bus?
Status Of This Theory? Sorta kinda. Jingles thought he really did kill those counselors, thanks to years of shock therapy, but when Margaret gloated about her crimes, he quickly decided he wanted her dead.
Slashers were huge in the '80s, and American Horror Story: 1984 definitely leans into all the same tropes. Since the show takes place in Los Angeles, maybe the characters we know on the show are actually "acting" in a movie about Camp Redwood, and by the end of the series, we'll see the revealed actors be tormented by a real serial killer instead.
Status Of This Theory? Nope. Everything that happened in Camp Redwood was real and ridiculous.
At the end of episode 3, Montana (Billie Lourd) reveals she's in cahoots with the Night Stalker. She asks Ramirez why he hasn't "killed her yet," likely referring to Brooke. As far as we know, Brooke and Montana met for the first time in aerobics class, but Montana did take a liking to her immediately. Maybe that was all a ploy to get her to Camp Redwood.
The most plausible theory is that Montana is somehow connected to Brooke's deceased husband, or one of the people he killed. Montana didn't buy Brooke's insistence that she wasn't cheating on her would-be hubby. If Montana is convinced Brooke's infidelity is the reason the person Montana loved is dead, it would be a decent enough reason to want Brooke gone.
Status Of This Theory? Ding, ding, ding! The best man at Brooke's wedding was Montana's brother, so when she and the Night Stalker started hooking up, she used her relationship with him to seek revenge on Brooke.
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