American Horror Story, since its first episode, has been a staple in FX's massively successful lineup for some time now. So, it really came as no shock to anyone when the series was renewed for a sixth season back in November. And because we all love to guess and ponder and get our hopes and excitement skyrocketing, it's time to look at some interesting fan theories about where and when the next installment could possibly take place.
Series co-creator Ryan Murphy has teased that the series could potentially have two seasons in 2016, with one in the spring and another following it in the fall. And because of his long tradition of leaving little easter eggs about the next season's plotline, I hope soon fans will start to uncover the lost little treasures with their super sleuth microscopes so we can lay this to rest. (Or not, I love speculating. It's so much fun.)
And with the coming seasons, Murphy also teased that we might see the return of the series beloved heavyweight, Jessica Lange. (fingers crossed)
I mean, [American Horror Story: Hotel](tag:3561561) is great, it's just missing something.
And I think we all know what that something is...
We caught a glimpse of some extraterrestrial life back in Season 2 when everyone was trapped in that freaky-deeky Asylum. With Season 6 following the pattern of being set in the past, it would make sense for them to revisit the mysterious and oddly unexplained venture they stepped into back during Season 2. Ryan Murphy has stated in the past, however, that the aliens of Asylum are the closest thing we'll get to science fiction horror on the show... for now...
There is a way to do it right, I'm just saying... (look below, Mr. Murphy)
It doesn't even have to be set in space or include aliens. Sandra Bullock proved you don't need monsters to make a haunting space age film, and AVP proved that you don't need to leave the planet to be invaded. Hell, you could even turn Earth into the bad guy with a storyline similar to that of the beloved E.T.
2. Evil Dead/Cabin In The Woods/Summer Camp
Who doesn't love a good horror flick in the middle of the woods? Come on, we got hormonal teens, no real source of reliable electricity, no cell service, out of season fog... need I say more? Who wouldn't be tempted to write a TV season about this great horror phenomenon? Movies like Cabin In the Woods, Evil Dead, and Friday The 13th, are all classics in modern day cinema and people still love and worship them to this very day. (Even though some have spawned some of the most hideous sequels I have ever seen.)
The downside, though, is that everyone is doing it now. Starz recently hit the airwaves with a reboot/sequel series to the Evil Dead films, with Ash vs. Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell. Once Upon A Time co-creators Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis were recently hired by ABC Family (Now called Freeform) to craft a horror series about a summer camp for their new lineup. And to make matters most dire for this possibility, rumor has it that if Scream Queens does receive a Season 2 renewal, a summer camp/cabin in the woods theme is Ryan Murphy's choice for its setting.
I saved the best for last. This is probably my most favorite prospect...
3. American Horror Story: Apocalypse
I've been longing for a season like this since Asylum finished. There is nothing scarier (or more exciting) than facing the end of the world as you know it. And that's the key phrase there: as you know it. Ryan Murphy and his team have done excellent work revisiting classic horror themes and putting their own spins on them, making them truly unique. He set the trend not only for horror shows but for anthology ones as well.
The popularity of films like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, and so on with video games like the massively successful Fallout franchise, have all proven that fans want to see stuff like this. We revel in it. It shows us a world we likely will not live to see. This could be the right time to combine all the elements from past seasons to wreak total havoc on the world. The total hell of vampires, witches, monsters, beasts, utter chaos of lawless nature sounds awesome. Amazing, really. And nobody could do it like Ryan Murphy.
American Horror Story has done an excellent job this season of turning up the creep and shock factor, especially with the captivating performance of Lady Gaga as The Countess. I have no doubt that Season 6 will not falter in following that magnificently mysterious pattern.
Here's to the future! (And the past.)