The highly-anticipated Murder House and Coven crossover season of American Horror Story premiered last night, and it was, well, confusing. Don’t get me wrong: The episode was good. Called American Horror Story: Apocalypse, this season kicked off right at the end of the world. As everyone prepares for their imminent demise, a group of people in Santa Monica, California—including Leslie Grossman, Evan Peters, Billie Lourd and Joan Collins (I know!)—escapes to a safe shelter run by a woman named Wilhemina Venable (Sarah Paulson). This candlelit bunker supplies them and some new characters the food and resources needed to survive 18 months.
They’re soon intercepted, though, by Michael Langdon (yes, from the Langdon family in Murder House, who arrives to evaluate which people in Wilhemina’s bunker are worthy enough to go to his more robust shelter. They’d be under the close eye of the Cooperative: a mysterious group that’s overseeing and financing all these survival efforts. The question that remains now is who gets to live, and who will be left to die?
Actually, that’s not the only question the premiere left fans with. Save for Michael Langdon—who has a loose connection to Murder House, at best—people are wondering how season one and three of AHS will work into this story. We know from photos and Ryan Murphy updates that all the witches from Coven are slated to return. Jessica Lange will even make an appearance as her season one character, Constance Langdon. However, it’s still unclear how these worlds will seamlessly collide.
This fan theory bubbling up on Twitter might explains things, though. Many people who tuned into last night’s episode are convinced the Coven witches are the Cooperative, and it makes sense. We know from episode one that the Cooperative is an all-powerful group of people who strikes fear, panic, and blind loyalty in everyone they encounter—including Wilhemina, who’s quite scary herself. In this post-apocalyptic world where all bets are off, who ‘s more equipped to set things straight than women who cast literal spells? Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) can throw someone across the room with just her mind. Nan (Jamie Brewer) is clairvoyant. Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) is the friggin’ Supreme! That type of power, combined, could absolutely rule the world. Don’t be surprised if your Coven favorites wind up calling all the shots this season.
Here are just a few fans on Twitter who are on this train:
Looks like we’ll have to keep watching to find out. AHS: Apocalypse airs Wednesday nights at 10 P.M. ET on FX.