I think we can all agree that this season of American Horror Story is the scariest one yet. If it hasn’t made you watch with full lights blazing, then inflicted upon you the odd nightmare or two, you’re a stronger person than me.
So far we have spent the first five episodes of season six getting to know Shelby (Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson) and Matt’s (Andre Holland and Cuba Gooding Jr.) Roanoke nightmare. However, with their escape from the house and return to LA at the end of this week’s episode, the story seems complete. Or is it? We still have another five episodes to go.
Fans will remember that last month, series creator Ryan Murphy teased a major twist that would occur following the fifth episode. “You’ll see starting in episode 6, the show has a huge turn and the thing that you think you’re watching is not what you’re watching.”
Co-creator Brad Falchuk added to the mystery, saying, “No matter what you think it is [that we’re doing in season 6], it’s not that. Then, episode 6 comes and you’re like, ‘Wait! What happened?’”
Somehow I think the nightmare is not over.
However, where do we go from here? We might have been given a bit of a clue in the promo for next week’s episode. Featuring Cheyenne Jackson, who stars as the My Roanoke Nightmare’s producer, we see him travelling through a house being followed by a camera crew. Speaking to the crew, he tells them, “The camera never stops, no matter what anyone says.”
“No matter what anyone says”? Not no matter what you see or what anybody does? Interesting. What could the potential interviewees say that would warrant that warning? And who are they interviewing? The location looks too modern to be the Mott house, and it looks very much like an office setting from the little we can see.
When discussing the structure of the season, Falchuk revealed that it was like three mini-seasons: “I really think it’s three seasons: it’s like [episodes] 1 through 5, 6 through 9, and 10 is its own thing.” Strap yourselves in folks, we’ll be sticking with this nightmare for the next few episodes.
American Horror Story: Roanoke airs on FX Wednesdays at 10pm.