FX's American Horror Story and HBO's Game of Thrones have very little in common, as far as the content of their shows, but the former seemingly took a page out of the latter's playbook for Season 6. Much like Game of Thrones Season 6, FX didn't release any plot details or confirm any cast members ahead of the Season 6 Premiere that aired last night, which finally revealed the new theme for this season. As previously rumored, American Horror Story Season 6 will be entitled My Roanoke Nightmare, centering on a mystery that dates back to the 16th Century. There will be SPOILERS for the Season 6 premiere below, so read on at your own risk.
A few months ago, FX started releasing new trailers for this season, but FX president John Landgraf later admitted that only one of the trailers accurately represents this seasons themes, while the others are misdirects. Deadline confirms that the Roanoke in this season's title refers to Roanoke Island, and the "Lost Colony" of 117 settlers who vanished sometime between 1585 and 1587. The only message left behind was the word "Croaton" that was scrawled into a tree, the name of a Native American tribe the colonists had established relations with.
This disappearance happened during the Anglo-Spanish War, just before the 1588 attack by the Spanish Armada, so the final fate of this colony has never been confirmed. One of the most prevalent theories is that these colonists were either attacked by their Croaton neighbors, or that they integrated within their population, but nothing was ever confirmed, making this one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. Earlier this summer, set photos from the Santa Clarita, California set surfaced, featuring cast members wearing "Pilgrim-era" clothing, with the word Croaton carved into a tree.
FX President John Landgraf had previously teased that American Horror Story Season 6 will be set in two different time periods, but largely in present day. The season opens by following Lily Rabe and Andre Holland as Shelby and Matt, a couple living in Los Angeles who are expecting a baby. After Matt is assaulted while on a date with Shelby, the couple decides to move to North Carolina, where they buy a 1792 farmhouse. The couple tells their story directly into the camera, but they are also played in flashbacks by Sarah Paulson and American Crime Story star Cuba Gooding Jr..
Matt has to travel to Raleigh for his job as a pharmaceutical salesman, and while he's gone, Shelby starts having violent hallucinations. Matt calls on his sister Lee, played by Adina Porter in first person camera, and Angela Bassett in flashbacks, to look over Shelby, who starts to see a mysterious man dressed as a pig in the woods. There is also a scene where Lily Rabe's Shelby hits a woman wearing colonial attire (Kathy Bates) with her car, and we see that there is a group of colonials, apparently lead by Wes Bentley's mysterious character.
Surprisingly, the season premiere didn't feature Lady Gaga, who confirmed her involvement this season during a radio interview earlier this year. Also absent during the premiere are previously-confirmed cast members such as Denis O'Hare, Finn Whittrock, Cheyenne Jackson, Evan Peters, Matt Bomer and Jacob Artist. With this season finally under way, the mysteries of American Horror Story Season 6 will continue to be revealed every Wednesday night at 10 PM ET on FX.