FINALLY ALL WILL BE REVEALED…OR WILL IT???
American Horror Story” fans are sitting at the edge of their seats already in anticipation for tonights Season 6 premiere. We have been mislead, kept in the dark, and all around left to say ! WTF FX has done such a fantastic job keeping this season under wraps and giving out just enough hints to leave us wanting more,
to know about the horror show ahead. 12 things
1 of 12 There is a theme … but it’s a secret “American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy and FX boss John Landgraf are having way too much fun teasing fans this year, and one way they’re doing that is keeping the theme a mystery right up until the start of the season. There is a theme and a unique setting, like the past seasons of the anthology show — “Murder House,” “Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freak Show,” and “Hotel” — but for the first time since Season 1 was later revealed to be “Murder House,” they are not going to tell us this season’s theme in advance. “We just thought that would be a nice change after doing things one way for five years,” Landgraf said. Titles: American Horror Story , Chapter 1 People: James Cromwell © 2016 FX Networks
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Most of the teasers are “misdirects”
AHS is known for its creepy, mysterious promos for each season, but this year — in keeping with the plan to hide the theme — the marketing department is openly deceiving fans. It’s not like FX isn’t sharing any teasers, since we’ve seen more than a dozen different promos, each seeming to reference classic horror films, but not connecting to one obvious theme. That’s intentional.
As Landgraf revealed, the marketing team “went out and made many more trailers than you’ve actually seen for hypothetical seasons of ‘American Horror Story,’ meaning different genres and different places. And one of them is accurate, and the others are just misdirects.”
Which one is accurate? Fans don’t know for sure, but we have our eyes on that demon baby in the “Lullaby” promo.
Titles: American Horror Story , Chapter 1
3 of 12 The dark story will involve childrenIn August 2015, Ryan Murphy told Entertainment Weekly the next season, after “Hotel,” would be “very, very different than this. Not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark.” In March 2016, he added to reporters at PaleyFest, “The interesting thing about this season is we’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done. So I don’t want to say what it maybe is…. Both things that we’re writing right now – we haven’t declared a winner – will have a different form, so we’re excited about that. We’ll talk about it soon, but we haven’t landed on it yet.” He said that both ideas included “elements of children.”Titles: American Horror StoryPeople: Ryan MurphyPhoto by Kevin Winter © 2015 Getty Images – Image courtesy gettyimages.com
4 of 12 Is Michael a key focus of the season?When Murphy said Season 6 would include “elements of children,” and fans saw that demon baby nursery promo, it led many to suspect the new season would have a tie to baby Michael Langdon. You remember him, right? He’s the son of Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) and Tate Langdon/Rubber Man (Evan Peters) from Season 1. He was taken in by Grandma Constance (Jessica Lange) as her adopted son, and in the epilogue it was revealed that the little boy had already killed his nanny. Medium Billie Dean Howard (Sarah Paulson) had told Constance that a child conceived by a human woman and a ghostly father would be the Anti-Christ to bring about the end of times. That’s Michael. So will he be a main part of Season 6, or is that just a red herring? After all, it is Season 6, and 666 is the “number of the beast,” associated with the devil….Titles: American Horror Story , Spooky Little GirlPeople: Jessica Lange , Connie BrittonCharacters: Vivien Harmon , Constance LangdonPhoto by Michael Becker © FX
5 of 12 Was the theme leaked or was it another misdirect?A couple of weeks before the premiere, eagle-eyed fans noticed that both Rotten Tomatoes and the new issue of TV Guide listed the upcoming season as “American Horror Story: The Mist.” One of the FX teasers is called “The Mist,” so many fans now think that will be the theme of Season 6. But would FX really leak the information ahead of time, when they have made it clear they are 1) keeping the theme a secret and 2) openly trying to mislead everyone? Besides, “The Mist” is the title of a Stephen King novella, which became a 2007 film and will soon be adapted into a different TV show also called “The Mist.” We’re skeptical about this theme “spoiler,” but time will tell.Titles: The MistPeople: Thomas Jane , Jeffrey DeMunn , Laurie Holden , Frances Sternhagen , Nathan GambleCharacters: David Drayton , Amanda Jeffries , Irene Reppler , Billy Drayton , Amanda Dunfrey , Dan Miller , Irene Reppler , Amanda Dumfries
6 of 12 There are two time periodsLandgraf revealed at the TCA Winter press tour that Season 6 will be “set in the present” with “echoes of the past.” So there are two time periods, “but principally in the present.” Thanks to some set photos, we have an idea of when in the past…Titles: American Horror Story
7 of 12 We’re headed to RoanokeTMZ shared the first photos from the AHS6 set in Santa Clarita, CA, and they showed a colonial setting with the word “CROATOAN” etched into a tree. So that’s more than a solid hint that Season 6 will have some connection to the mysterious colony of Roanoke, North Carolina, where 117 people vanished in 1590. The only clue left behind was that word carved into a tree. TMZ was told a Colonial-style house, built into the woods, will be a main set piece for the upcoming season. The site reported that Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett — two of the many past AHS stars returning for Season 6 — have shot scenes in the house. Cuba Gooding, Jr. is reportedly joining the ensemble cast this year and TMZ said he was seen shooting at the location, too.Titles: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime StoryPeople: Cuba Gooding Jr.Photo by Amanda Edwards © 2016 Amanda Edwards – Image courtesy gettyimages.com
8 of 12 Roanoke also has a tie to Season 1You may recall back in “Murder House” when Billie Dean Howard told the story of a successful exorcism in 1590 at the Roanoke colony. According to her story, all 117 of the settlers died inexplicably, and it became known as the ghost colony because their spirits remained to haunt the local Native Americans. One of the elders took action, gathering and burning the belongings of the deceased settlers. Their ghosts appeared, but before they could cause more harm, the elder said the word “Croatoan,” completing the curse and banishing the ghosts forever.Titles: American Horror Story , Piggy PiggyPeople: Sarah PaulsonCharacters: Billie Dean Howard
9 of 12 Forget about Slender ManSince fans are being left in the dark, they’ve had to speculate about the theme, and that led to the rumor that Season 6 would focus on Slender Man — the blank-faced figure that stalks children. But a source told Entertainment Weekly those rumors are “not true.” So, provided that’s not another false trail in itself, cross Slender Man off your list. However, there are still plenty of interesting theories out there, including a creepy fake promo for “American Horror Story: Cult.”Titles: American Horror Story , Chapter 1
10 of 12 The season may be shorter”AHS” 6 is breaking with tradition in many ways, beyond the secretive theme. Every other season has premiered in the appropriately spooky month of October. And ever other season had 12 or 13 episodes. But SpoilerTV reported that Season 6 will only have 10 episodes, and we know they are starting September 14, which is particularly early. Why? There’s speculation that FX wants to broadcast the full season before Thanksgiving with no December-January holiday breaks interrupting the flow of the story.Titles: American Horror Story , Chapter 1
11 of 12 Several usual suspects will return, but expect a “tighter” storyMany AHS actors return year after year in new roles. They even call themselves a “repertory company,” with new members (like Lady Gaga) joining the ranks as others (like Jessica Lange) decide to move on. It’s not clear exactly how many returnees will be in Season 6, but so far it has been reported that Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Leslie Jordan, Denis O’Hare, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, and Kathy Bates will be returning, with Cuba Gooding Jr. as a new face on the roster. Emma Roberts hasn’t been confirmed, but she did say that she and Murphy had discussed a “devilish” role for her in Season 6. Taissa Farmiga has also been rumored to return, but that hasn’t been confirmed.However, even with familiar faces returning, don’t expect Season 6 to be too unwieldy. Back in May, AHS “Freak Show” and “Hotel” co-star Finn Wittrock talked to TheWrap about wanting to be a part of the new season, although he had only heard rumors on the theme at that point. “I have heard it is going to be a little tighter — there were so many story lines in the last one and it was so big and epic, I have a feeling it might be a little more claustrophobic. A smaller cast.”Titles: American Horror StoryPeople: Angela Bassett , Kathy Bates , Sarah Paulson , Matt Bomer , Evan PetersPhoto by Albert L. Ortega © 2015 Albert L. Ortega – Image courtesy gettyimages.com
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Season 6 lays groundwork for connections to “explode” in Seasons 7 and 8
FX has yet to renew AHS for Season 7 or Season 8, but Murphy already has big plans for them, in part to connect the entire series. The Hollywood Reporter asked Murphy how long he sees the show going, and when does he plan to have the seasons really start to come together.
Here’s Murphy’s answer: “You’ll see it this season, and then you’ll really see it after this season. We lay a lot of pipe, and you’ll see it explode in seasons seven and eight. They haven’t officially been picked up yet by John Landgraf — he and I always talk at the end of the year and decide how many we want to do. But John has always said, and I have always agreed, that this is a show that could be like ‘The Twilight Zone’ and run for multiple, multiple seasons and have its own inner mythology. So that’s how we’re approaching it. I’ll keep doing it for as long as we have the ideas and the momentum. I really love doing it.” He added he “absolutely” has a road map for where he wants the series to go. “And the seasons are connected, for sure.”
Titles: American Horror Story