ByDavid Opie, writer at Creators.co
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David Opie

Whether you feel that Season 6 of American Horror Story was a return to form or whether you think Roanoke jumped the shark completely, it's hard to deny that people are talking about the show more than ever.

Despite all of this attention though, there's still plenty that fans of American Horror Story have been kept in the dark — or mist — about, including these 18 little-known facts that will forever change the way you look at Roanoke.

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1. Six Machine

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Among all of the misdirects Murphy threw our way before the theme of Season 6 was finally revealed, one thing that remained constant was his use of the number six in the marketing campaign. It may come as no surprise, then, that precisely six weeks, six days and six hours before Roanoke premiered, American Horror Story's marketing team released six promos.

2. Croatoan!

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While everyone was busy trying to decipher which teaser contained the genuine theme for Season 6, TMZ leaked set pictures of a tree that had the word 'Croatoan' carved into its side, revealing the Roanoke theme months earlier than was planned.

3. Roanoke House Is Basically Murder House?

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The word 'Croatoan' has appeared previously on the show, way back in Season 1, when Billie Dean Howard recounted the story of the Roanoke people. This link is not accidental, as Murphy has since revealed that the premise for Season 6 was proposed as an idea before Murder House was eventually chosen.

4. Shorter Seasons Mean More Seasons

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While fans may have been disappointed to learn that Roanoke would only last for ten episodes, instead of the usual twelve or thirteen, it turns out that Murphy made this decision so that he could produce two seasons this year, one of which could develop into the highly anticipated Murder House/Coven crossover.

5. Changing Of The Guard

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Airing a month earlier than usual, Chapter 1 of Roanoke was the first season premiere directed by someone other than Ryan Murphy. Instead, the show's co-creator wrote the episode in conjunction with Brad Fulchuk, while the directorial reigns were handed over to Bradley Buecker.

6. Favoritism?

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Despite only appearing in two or three episodes, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson and Wes Bentley are credited as part of the main cast in Roanoke, while Adina Porter is only listed as a guest — even though she plays one of the most important characters.

7. Old School

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Out of the shows many recurring cast members, only three actors have appeared in all six seasons of American Horror Story so far; Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe. What's even more impressive is that Peters is the only one of the three to be credited as a main cast member in every appearance.

8. Paulson's Out Of Luck

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For the first four seasons of American Horror Story, Sarah Paulson's characters always survived to the bitter end. That all changed when Hypodermic Sally died in Hotel, although she technically lived on as a ghost. Paulson's character Audrey came excruciatingly close to being our final girl on Roanoke, before being killed moments before the credits rolled in 'Chapter Nine'.

9. Girl Power

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Despite all of the impressive female talent showcased in front of the camera, Chapter 3 of Roanoke was the first American Horror Story episode with a female director behind the lens. Before Roanoke, Jennifer Chambers Lynch also directed episodes of Quantico and Teen Wolf, although it's safe to say that neither would prepare her for the gruesome nature of American Horror Story.

10. Girl Power x2

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Not only does Angela Bassett kick ass as Monet Tumusiime in Roanoke, but she also took a hand at directing this season, helming the mind-bending Chapter Six. While this marks Bassett's directorial debut on the show, the award-winning actress previously directed the Whitney Houston biopic, Whitney, and also helmed a segment for a National Geographic docu-series too.

11. Think American Horror Story Was Strange Before?

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Angela Bassett played Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s sister in Roanoke, but did you know that twenty-five years earlier, she played his mother in Boyz N The Hood? The real question is whether Bassett is using Marie Laveau's voodoo potions to retain her youth, or whether she's just using an impressive amount of moisturiser. That's something that we may never know the answer to.

12. Acting Royalty

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When one thinks of Charlie Chaplin's acting legacy, American Horror Story probably isn't the first show that comes to mind, but it turns out that one of the hillbillys, Cain Polk, is actually played by the legends grandson, Orson Chaplin.

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13. This Little Piggy Went To Roanoke...

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Roanoke's Piggy Man may look familiar to die-hard fans who first saw the creepy killer way back in Season 1. While no explicit link was made to Roanoke at the time, psychiatrist Ben Harmon dealt with a patient called Derrick who was terrified by the folktale of the Piggy Man.

14. Always Pay For Health Insurance

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The scariest thing about Roanoke's killer nurses is that they're based on actual people. Their real-life counterparts, Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood, were convicted for the murder of 5 elderly patients at the Alpine Manor Nursing Home back in the 1980s. While some of the details were changed, these killers used their victims initials to spell out M-U-R-D-E, just like the spirits trapped in the Roanoke house.

15. Lady Gaga Is Supreme

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While many fans know by now that Lady Gaga's Scáthach is the original Supreme, pre-dating the Salem coven from Season 3 by a century, what you may not realize is that her name is uncannily similar to another character from Asylum. In Season 2, Frances Conroy played another entity that possessed dark powers who just so happened to be called Shachath, suggesting that there may be some unseen connection between the two.

16. Family Ties

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Direct links between Freak Show and Roanoke became apparent when Evan Peters finally arrived in Season 6. The recurring cast member played a man called Edward Philippe Mott, who turns out to be a direct ancestor of the fan-favorite character, Dandy. Finn Wittrock's most iconic character was also directly mentioned by the historical curator when she mentions that the last Mott died in 1952, referring explicitly to the events of Season 4.

17. Even The Actors Were Confused In Roanoke

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Sarah Paulson may have won an Emmy this year for her outstanding work in American Crime Story, but even performers of her caliber can have the occasional off day. At one point in Season 6, Paulson's character, Audrey, accidentally calls Shelby by her real name, "Lily", while bandaging her shoulder.

18. Gone, But Not Forgotten

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After we meet the 'real-life' actress behind Kathy Bates' Butcher, Agnes reveals that one of her favorite roles was Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night, which just so happened to be the same part that Jessica Lange took on earlier in 2016.

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By memorizing each of these 18 facts, you'll be the envy of all your friends and will win every American Horror Story pub quiz with ease, decimating the competition with your encyclopaedic knowledge of all things Roanoke. That's right, guys. You're welcome.

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