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The AHS: NYC Star Wars Reference In Episode 5 Means More Than You Think

Contains Spoilers for "American Horror Story" Season 11, Episode 5 — "Bad Fortune"

We're halfway through "American Horror Story: NYC" and things are starting to get interesting. Fran (Sandra Bernhard) has become the worst tarot card reader ever in order to pick up some extra cash; unfortunately, however, a happy ending does not seem to be in the cards for the queer community in New York City. If anything, the foreshadowing of death is about as subtle as a sledgehammer. But in a classic AHS twist, it's the straight, cisgender, and newly divorced Barbara (Leslie Grossman) who meets an untimely end at the hands of Big Daddy.

At the same time, the audience discovers that there is life budding in this episode, too. Early on in the episode, we see a noticeably pregnant Hannah (Billie Lourd) strolling down the sidewalk with her gay BFF Adam (Charlie Carver), and find out through their witty banter that he is actually the father of her child — her sperm donor, to be precise. During the conversation, they share a tender moment that was not only emotional for the audience at home, but also a touching tribute to a recently departed actor from the "Star Wars" franchise.

Adam's Darth Vader impression is very likely a nod to Carrie Fisher

It's the moment when Adam bends down to talk to Hannah's belly and, in his best James Earl Jones voice, proclaims "I am your father!" to her bump. The quote Adam used is from "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back" when the evil Darth Vader (voiced by Jones) tells Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) that he's his biological father. In the following movie, Luke finds out that Princess Lea (Carrie Fisher) is actually his twin sister. 

So how does it connect to Fisher? Well, for those who don't know, Billie Lourd is Carrie Fisher's biological daughter in real life. And Lourd is doing her best to keep the family legacy alive — she's currently expecting her second child with her husband Austen Rydell (via Hello! Magazine).  

Fisher tragically passed away from a heart attack just after Christmas in 2016. Fans were obviously devastated, and Fisher's own mother passed after suffering a stroke a day later — although her son blamed it on grief (via NBC News). At least one dual fan of both the "Star Wars" and "AHS" franchises, @KTMCOVEN, got so emotional that they claimed to have fallen on the floor and cried after observing the "Star Wars" reference in the show. Overall, it was a nice gesture to honor one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood history.