The fact that Myrtle randomly produced a ticket for Epcot Center had me wondering if American Horror Story was going to opt for a Scary Theme Park setting. (There are also those persistent rumors of a Circus-themed season, probably just because people really really want another season of Carnivalé.) But Disneyland didn't open until 1954. But there were notable things that did happen in 1950. In February, Joseph McCarthy gave the famous Wheeling speech, where he claimed to have a list of 205 communists working for the State Department, beginning his meteoric rise to power and in the process providing subtext for every dark science-fiction story of the '50s. In May, L. Ron Hubbard published Dianetics, the book that eventually gave rise to the absolutely legitimate and not-whatsoever strange religion known as [NAME OF RELIGION REDACTED BY ANXIOUS LAWYERS.] In June, the Korean War started. In October, Charles M. Schulz started publishing Peanuts. Perhaps most importantly, given that this is a Ryan Murphy project, November of 1950 witnessed the retirement of Shirley Temple.
None of that seems to have anything to do with a German accent, unless American Horror Story is going to theorize that Shirley Temple was replaced by a German spy. But let's use our imagination. With the outbreak of the Korean War, the U.S. kicked its rocket program into high gear. This was the beginning of a golden age for scientists like Wernher Von Braun, scientists whose work would lead to wonderful things like space travel and terrible things like the hydrogen bomb. Many of these scientists, like Von Braun, were German refugees.
Murphy has already established that the season might shoot in Santa Fe -- located in New Mexico, the site of the Trinity nuclear tests. We've had a haunted house, an insane asylum thriller, and now a witch fantasy; could the next season be a full-fledged Sci-Fi horror, focusing on mid-century tropes like the nuclear bomb and Cold War paranoia and maybe aliens who do more than steal Evan Peters' various baby mamas? I'm calling it. American Horror Story: Atomic. Starring Jessica Lange as a brilliant German scientist who may or may not be Eva Braun.
Sound crazy? It probably is! Post your own theories in the comments. If you want more Horror, check out the new episode of the Entertainment Geekly podcast below, where me and fellow AHS-head Jeff Jensen talk about the season so far. And remember: In the immortal words of Myrtle Snow, "Figs. Mother nature's brown diamonds. In the fall, the rotting leaves smell like an Olympian's ejaculate." Truer words? Never spoken.
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