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It’s safe to say we’ve reached ~peak~ American Horror Story. The horror anthology series was just renewed for a seventh season (to that news, a resounding “Yasssss!”), and we have oodles of fun/bonkers/terrifying AHS fan theories to mull over for the current, exceedingly mysterious sixth season, AHS: Roanoke.

Several of the theories we’ve recently explored have functioned to possibly explain how this season connects to past seasons, what the F is going on with this bizarre docu-series format, and whether there might be more to these characters than meets the eye. But there’s still one aspect of the season that we’re struggling to pin down – Lady Gaga’s mysterious woodsy, maybe-demon maybe-witch character. One convincing theory offers a possible explanation for what the strange creature played by the pop icon actually is.

According to a recent post by Reddit user ash_dub69, Gaga’s character is actually a mythical figure – the Maenad.

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The evidence for this theory is surprisingly sound. Like, I’m just about convinced she HAS to be a Maenad – no other explanation (witch or demon or plain-old strange lady) fits *quite* as well as this one.

Maenads (literally meaning “raving ones”) are “immortal female followers” of the god Dionysus, who was basically the patron saint of woodland-based debauchery and frenzies. Several thousand-year-old *spoiler alert*: In The Bacchae, women “possessed” by Dionysus are spun into such a frenzy that they literally tear a dude to shreds with their bare hands.

“But what does this have to do with Gaga’s character?” I’ll let ash_dub69 explain:

Ah-ha! Interesting. The theory goes even further, connecting Gaga’s possible-Maenad to another Maenad we’ve seen in a supernatural horror show – True Blood.

Maryanne’s orgies = exactly like what went down between Matt and Gaga’s woodland villainess on “Chapter 3.” Hmmm… Wonder what Lettie Mae would think of this.

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And of course, as I’m sure we all recall (because it was straight up HORRIFYING), Gaga’s character fed The Butcher an animal heart to seal their deal — The Butcher’s soul in exchange for Gaga-creature’s help to exact revenge on the men who exiled and left the Butcher to die.

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This is easily one of my favorite (AND one of the most promising) theories so far. What do you think?