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In the last five years Ryan Murphy and FX have dazzled us with their dark and grisly series American Horror Story. As any AHS fan knows, part of the fun of the show is the air of mystery surrounding the upcoming theme and speculating on what theme the series will tap into next.

For Season 6, Murphy took things to the next level. He keept the new subject matter a secret up until the seasons premiere, and released more than a dozen misleading trailers, only one of which pointed to the real American Horror Story theme, My Roanoke Nightmare. (The real teaser was the one with the wind, seen below.)

As a man with seemingly endless tricks up his sleeve, Murphy recently announced a couple more surprises that should keep us on our toes.

During an interview for his Entertainment Weekly cover story, the longtime showrunner announced that Season 6 will include a massive and totally unpredictable twist starting at Episode 6.

"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."No matter what you think it is, it’s not that. Then, Episode 6 comes and you’re like, ‘Wait! What happened?’"

It's not beyond Murphy to throw us for a loop and blow our minds in a single episode. Though he claims no one will be able to see the surprise coming, that didn't stop us from speculating on a couple of possible options


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But when it comes to exciting things from Murphy, I'm far more interested in another comment he made in the interview about a supposed secret season that he's been developing for years now.

“It’s my secret season. I’ve been working with a writer on a season that only he and I know. It’s like a two-year project that we’ll continue to work on the sly and not tell anybody.”


From working on American Horror Story and American Crime Story in tandem, it's obvious that Murphy can multitask, but stoking the embers of a third project as well gives me even more respect for the television magnate.

I'm also guessing that since Season 6 of AHS is either finished filming or close to done, and these plans sound like they're still in the conceptualization phase, this surprise has little or nothing to do with the aforementioned twist.

What already sets this secret season apart from his other FX series is the fact that it completely sidesteps the typical network structure and will be written in a different manner from every other season, with only one writer tackling the entire thing rather than a writer's room coming up with a season's worth of episodes.


Whether this is because of Murphy's penchant for keeping things so tightly under wraps they nearly suffocate, or because FX has yet to decide on whether or not to foot the bill still remains to be seen.

Here are a couple of my theories on what this secret season might potentially involve:

  • It's a new season of American Horror Story, but instead of involving anyone from the current anthology cast, it brings in an entirely new set of players. Could be kind of cool to see some new faces outside of the fan favorites become series regulars, right?
  • It's a series of micro-seasons. Instead of the theme changing with each season, Murphy would flip the switch with every episode. (Think Tales From The Crypt or Are You Afraid of the Dark?)
  • It is a followup to one of the past seasons. Part of the charm of AHS is that it never sticks to one topic for too long. But wouldn't it be interesting if Murphy returned to the more popular seasons like Murder House or Asylum to see what happened to those characters

Today also we learned that someone is filming at the Alfred Rosenheim Mansion, more commonly known as the Murder House from the first season of American Horror Story.

Image credit: Jessy Davis
Image credit: Jessy Davis

Look familiar? Like there might be decades worth of ghosts living there that are demanding a followup season?

Image credit: Jessy Davis
Image credit: Jessy Davis

There's no way to prove it has any connection with Murphy's secret season — like I said, it sounds like things are in the very early development stages — but I wouldn't mind checking back in with Tate and the Harmon family!

This new and exciting endeavor could mark a fantastic new journey for Murphy, or maybe we're looking down the barrel of the equivalent to True Detective Season 2.

As long as Ryan Murphy keeps bringing us scenes like these, I'll keep dutifully tuning in:

What do you think Ryan Murphy is eluding to in his talks of a secret season? Share your theories in the comments section below!



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