Over the past couple of weeks, American Horror Story has unleashed a series of scary teasers for Season 6. These videos appeared to be homages to horror classics like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes. But as it turns out, they were all a ruse, with only one teaser truly offering any hint as to what this next installment of the anthology series might actually be about. Today, we have yet another spooky tease, which brings a monster out of the mist. But does it have anything to do with the new episodes? Who knows.
FX's American Horror Story is keeping the setting, theme and plot details of Season 6 under wraps until it launched this fall, with an earlier than expected September premiere date. FX president John Landgraf spoke about the six mysterious trailers that were unveiled a few weeks ago while appearing at the TCAs this past week. He confirmed that only one of these teasers actually reveal the theme of this season. The rest are just red herrings. Here's what John Landgraf had to say below.
"(The marketing team) went out and created many more trailers than you've actually seen for hypothetical seasons of American Horror Story, in different genres, different places. One of them is accurate, and the others are all misdirects. There is a theme and a setting and a place and time, but we're not going to reveal it because we think it will be fun for the audience to have the surprise this year."
As for the theme itself, TMZ reported last week that this season may be centered on the Croatoan mystery from the 16th Century. The site posted photos from the set in Santa Clarita, California, which feature this mysterious word Croatoan carved into the bark of a tree, which falls in line with the legend. In the year 1590, 117 people mysteriously vanished from the Roanoke colony in North Carolina, with the only clue to their disappearance being the word "Croatoan," the name of a nearby Indian tribe, carved into a tree.
John Landgraf previously teased that the show will be set in two different time periods, but largely in the present.The photos from the set revealed a colonial type of farm, with cast members spotted wearing "Pilgrim-era clothing." It's possible that this Croatoan mystery surfaces in modern day, but we don't know for sure. During the TCA panel session, creator Ryan Murphy teased there will be "elements of children" at play this season.
"If you look at horror tropes, the innocence of children, that sort of wide-eyed entryway into some world, is always very dramatic and satisfying."
As for the future of this series, nothing has been confirmed quite yet, but John Landgraf wouldn't address any plans for an endgame. The show hasn't been renewed for Season 7, but that may happen shortly after the Season 6 premiere. Here's what John Landgraf had to say about the show's possible finale.
"All good things must come to an end, but, so far, as long as Ryan keeps coming up inventive and original and new ideas... [we] can keep going. By definition, it has a beginning, middle and end each season. It's only the limits of your stories and your imagination that ends the show. So only time will tell."
The Season 6 premiere of American Horror Story has been set for Wednesday, September 14 at 10 PM ET/PT. The only cast member that has been confirmed thus far is Lady Gaga, but we'll have to wait and see if the show plans on confirming any further cast members before the show debuts. Stay tuned for more updates on Season 6 of American Horror Story, and take a look at the spooky new trailer courtesy of FX.