American Horror Story: Roanoke‘ has been cloaked in mystery from a marketing campaign that didn’t even hint at the plot of the upcoming season to secretive casting. A recent interview with FX’s marketing head honcho Stephanie Gibbons has actually opened up a bit of that mystery as she has shared a few tidbits on what we can expect going forward. Showrunner Ryan Murphy had already let slip that we would be learning the origins of the Motts fortune as a direct tie-in to ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ but now so much more has been revealed. If you’re wanting to take a spoiler filled voyage into some of what is to come you can keep reading from here on out. If not, you may want to turn back now. As always, this won’t be exact spoilers but it will drop a few hints of what to expect going forward.


As you’re still with me than you don’t care that curiosity killed the cat and are willing to find out a little bit more on where this season is going past being just a paranormal reality TV show spoof. At this point for casting, we still haven’t seen Evan Peters and Cheyenne Jackson show up though Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, and Leslie Jordan are all expected to make appearances as well. Lady Gaga’s very brief appearance had her listed as a guest star so we shouldn’t be too surprised if she only pops up a couple of times this coming season. With a new album to promote that shouldn’t really be too surprising to anyone.

What is interesting though is the ties to the first season. Not only was there a “Piggy Man” who showed up and killed Eric Stonestreet’s character but also Billie Dean Howard told a story of the colony of Roanoke and used it as an example for banishing spirits. It could also probably be noted that the leading couple this season lost a child which was a pretty prominent theme in the original series as well.

Murphy had previously stated that this is the season that everything is going to start coming together and so far it is looking as if they’re building up to something. Specifically, he previously said that:

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 [which haven’t been officially picked up yet]. 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.

So how does this all play into things going forward with the sixth season? According to Gibbons:

As we’ve seen with other seasons, much lies ahead. You know more when you’ve read the first chapter, but it’s far from the end of the book… It’s one twisty-turny season.

We know that Cuba Gooding Jr. had previously said of what is to come that “your head goes ‘boom’ and you’ve got brains all over the wall” when it comes to the next reveal. But when will that happen? It looks like a few more episodes as it is the sixth one where things really take off as Murphy stated:

The show has a huge turn and the thing that you think you’re watching is not what you’re watching

While Falchuk adds that the upcoming season is actually three stories which are made up of episodes 1-5, 6-9, and 10 by itself. So what it boils down to is:

No matter what you think it is, it’s not that. Episode six comes and you’re like, ‘Wait! What happened?’

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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