American Horror Story: Roanoke has been shrouded in mystery since day one, and has remained mysterious even as the first episodes aired. From the secret theme to characters being kept tightly under wraps, all we know as an audience is that we don't know much. Even as viewers venture into the second half of the season, showrunner Ryan Murphy has promised a wholly unexpected and unprecedented twist.
Just one day before the potentially mind-blowing episode is set to air, it seems as if the excitement is even too much for Murphy's traditionally tight lips to bear. In an interview with E! News, he revealed a bit of what we can expect to see in tomorrow night's jaw-dropping, fictional world-altering episode.
"The thing I love about episode six as you are watching it is that we drop a huge bomb at the end of the third act, where you kind of are in disbelief at what the chyron on the screen is saying. And then that takes you into another world and the stakes are really, really, really high."
"It's a completely different narrative form. Things that you thought to be true about people are revealed to not be true. And it was exciting to work on, because it was like working on two shows at once. The big twist of episode six takes you into a complete other world."
As it stands, American Horror Story: Roanoke has already broken new ground. The season is split between the talking head testimonials featured in a documentary series My Roanoke Nightmare and their dramatic re-enactment counterparts. Even with this new information, the details behind giant twist in store that turns the running narrative on its head are still unknown.
Following "Chapter 5" FX released a promo for Episode 6 that doesn't show much, but has given us a few theories as to what could be to come.
One theory popularly making its way around the internet suggests that the fictional filmmakers of the documentary (Cheyenne Jackson) within the series, My Roanoke Nightmare, go to the house during the full moon for a ghost-hunting adventure of their own. This would explain the shift in characters as those playing the ghosts come face-to-face with their real-life inspirations.
If these theories are correct, that would mean seeing Kathy Bates, the actress playing the dramatized Butcher, facing off against the real Butcher and Lady Gaga's version of Scathach taking arms against the otherworldly leader of the Roanoke Colony. A pretty sweet turn of events, if you ask me.
In addition to the big twists, Murphy also announced the return of two beloved American Horror Story alumni: Finn Wittrock (of Freak Show and Hotel) and Taissa Farmiga (of Murder House and Coven).
"Finn Wittrock is coming back soon, playing his most f--ked-up character of all time. To the point where he was like, ‘This is so crazy that I don't know that I can do it, but I'll do it.' And Taissa Farmiga is coming back for the first time ever since Coven, in I think a really, really great part and we love her. We're very excited—she's a part of our world and always will be, and I always wanted her to come back."
From the interview, it sounds like both actors will be playing totally new characters, but given Farmiga's past ties to the Roanoke Colony, who can say for sure?
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After last week's episode, "Chapter 5," some had also feared we'd seen the last of fan-favorite cast member Evan Peters and his character Edward Philippe Mott. Thankfully, not only has his remaining involvement in the series been confirmed, but according to Murphy, his new episode six character shaping up to be one of his best yet.
"Evan Peters in episode six is one of the greatest, most hilarious things Evan has ever done and he loved it. He's a very big, pivotal part of episode six, playing a completely different character than what we've seen him play. Evan is just the best, I love him."
Between the twists, the return of Wittrock and Farmiga, and confirmation that Peters will be returning, I'd say we have a lot to look forward to in the second half of American Horror Story: Roanoke.
American Horror Story: Roanoke airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday nights on FX.
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[Source: E! News]