After months of toying with our emotions in the build-up to Season 6, it seemed like all of our questions would finally be answered once the premiere of American Horror Story aired, but we were wrong. Oh so wrong.
At first, the documentary-style format and unusual theme threw us for a loop — but just as we were getting used to the idea of My Roanoke Nightmare, American Horror Story creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk pulled the rug out from under us with the revelation that nothing is what it seems.
In an interview with EW, Murphy revealed that big changes are coming:
"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. It’s a hat on a hat on a hat on a hat that we’ve had to protect."
Fans have already tried to predict what this mid-season twist could be, but Falchuk suggests that our attempts to unravel the mystery are fruitless:
"Even though the subject matter has gotten out, it’s irrelevant because nobody gets what we’re doing. No matter what you think it is, it’s not that. Then, Episode 6 comes and you’re like, ‘Wait! What happened?’"
Clearly though, we're suckers for punishment. Like Coven's Queenie dipping her hand into boiling chip fat, we're going to dive right into the murky world of American Horror Story fan theories in an attempt to predict what the hell is going on.
Fourth Wall Break
The most popular theory doing the rounds right now is that Episode 6 will break the fourth wall completely, twisting things round so that we begin to follow the reenactment actors in 'real life', as they too are haunted by evil forces.
We've already seen the wall break slightly in episode 3, when Adina Porter's Lee asked for the cameras to stop rolling, and we heard the interviewer's voice for the first time (Cheyenne Jackson? Perhaps). It's possible that this scene foreshadowed a complete fourth wall break that could occur in Episode 6.
Fans of this theory have taken things one step further by arguing that the talking heads in front of the camera are actually ghosts, taking away the potential sense of security the audience felt knowing that the characters would eventually survive their ordeal. There are even some that claim the show belongs to none other than Billie Dean Howard herself, Sarah Paulson's psychic character from Murder House who returned as a reality TV star in Hotel.
The problem with this theory as a whole, though, is that it's become far too obvious, and both Murphy and Falchuk insist that the twist will be almost impossible to predict. That doesn't mean that elements of these ideas couldn't still come into play though.
Every Season Of American Horror Story Has Been A Documentary
We've known for a long time that each season of American Horror Story is connected through recurring characters and locations, but Redditor MartynLann has an extraordinary theory that expands upon this even further, claiming that every single episode is actually a documentary, which is why the same actors appear time and time again.
While there are some holes to this theory — including that time Paulson's Billie Dean Howard met Paulson's Hypodermic Sally — Murphy did state recently that Season 6 would finally reveal how every episode is ultimately linked in an overarching universe, so this would actually make a lot of sense.
Check out Billie Dean Howard's first appearance on American Horror Story below:
The most exciting part of this theory is that it means we could see almost any character from previous seasons appear in Episode 6 of My Roanoke Nightmare. Just imagine Kathy Bates suddenly breaking character and quoting lines from Coven's Delphine LaLaurie or Paulson's Lana Winters meeting Lily Rabe's Misty Day. The possibilities are endless, although the whole thing could turn out to be a giant clusterf**k if not handled properly.
Season 6 Hasn't Even Started Yet
One of the strangest theories out there is that Season 6 hasn't even officially started yet. Yes, we know that this sounds more deranged than Twisty at a clown convention, but there's actually a lot of evidence which supports Bustle's theory that My Roanoke Nightmare's real story won't actually kick off until the sixth episode airs.
Notice how there's no theme song yet? All we have so far is a title card that flashes a tree logo with the words 'My Roanoke Nightmare' written underneath. While one could argue that this is just another deviation from the usual format, it turns out that this isn't the actual name of the season, according at least to the official Twitter bio, which describes Season 6 as American Horror Story: Roanoke.
Check out some of American Horror Story's most messed up moments below:
Maybe the reason why there's no intro and why there's no real episode titles is because the season hasn't even started yet. The documentary we're currently viewing in the first episodes is actually a show called My Roanoke Nightmare. Once Episode 6 hits, the real intro will finally be unveiled and the episodes will no longer be referred to as simply chapters. This deviation of the fourth wall break theory is arguably the most compelling, but it still doesn't reveal exactly what will happen once the twist hits.
The Twist Will Contain Clues For Seasons 7-10
Eagle-eyed viewers have begun to spot a number of uncanny parallels between each episode of My Roanoke Nightmare and past seasons of American Horror Story, claiming that Chapter 1 hearkens back to Season 1, Chapter 2 is linked with Season 2, etc etc. So far, so good, but Redditor apple_martini took things one step further upon realizing that the events of Season 6 are directly linked to the sixth episode of each previous season.
We've known for some time now that the number 6 would play a pivotal role in the new season and up to now, this Redditor's theory has held true. If Murphy's team continue following this pattern, then Episode 6 of Season 6 should actually reflect the events of Episode 6 of Season 6, lending yet more credence to the documentary theory.
What's most interesting about this though is Vanity Fair's idea that subsequent episodes could reveal clues to the future of American Horror Story. Murphy has already stated that Season 6 will lay the groundwork for future seasons —so if My Roanoke Nightmare continues in this vein, themes from Episode 7 will form the basis of Season 7, and so on.
There's Actually No Twist At All
Urgh. Yes, fellow fans. While it's highly unlikely, the possibility remains that there may be no twist at all and the entire fixation on Episode 6 has just been one giant misdirect. Murphy does like to take sadistic glee in toying with us, after all. Pun most definitely intended.
Sure, it would be a cheap move in some respects. Then again though, it does seem rather strange how Murphy and co. were so secretive about Season 6 at first, only to then specify exactly when an upcoming twist will appear in Episode 6.
That's like George Lucas telling everyone that Luke Skywalker's Dad is someone we know right after New Hope was first released. Why choreograph such a huge twist ahead of time unless there was some kind of ulterior motive?
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Whether American Horror Story reveals a documentary-style twist in Episode 6 or something else entirely, one thing's for sure. Murphy and his team sure know how to get people talking. Know what would really get people talking though, Murphy? If you followed through with that bizarre Mist-themed rumor that did the rounds in the weeks leading up to the season premiere. I can see it now:
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The entire sixth episode will be amazing, but no one will be able to see a damn thing because of all the bloody mist. Well played, Murphy. Well played.