After Lady Gaga's Golden Globe win for her riotous turn as the Countess in [American Horror Story: Hotel](tag:3561561), and the enormous critical acclaim of American Crime Story, Ryan Murphy has begun to feel like a King of television. Let's take a look over everything we know so far about the still-untitled sixth season of AHS, from old faces to new, creepy settings.
Did AHS Just Add A(nother) Hollywood A-lister?
If Bradley Cooper hopping on board American Horror Story seems like the most unlikely thing since President Trump, just think back to your reaction when Lady Gaga was cast in Hotel. The rumors don't come from the most solid of sources, but Gaga and Cooper were seen dining in LA last week, and 2+2=5.
Can you imagine the Limitless and American Hustle star going toe to toe with Angela Bassett and Sarah Paulson? I'm totally down.
What's The Premise Of American Horror Story Season 6?
So far, as always at this stage in the development of a new season, the premise of American Horror Story's sixth chapter remains a mystery.
What we do know is that it won't be based on the Slender Man meme that was born in dark corners of the Internet and gradually filtered its way into popular culture and TV, from Supernatural to Law & Order: SVU.
A story broke a while back that alleged Ryan Murphy was hot on the idea of incorporating the Slender Man into Season 6 somehow, but that was quickly denied. What we do know, thanks to Uproxx, is that Season 6 will reference the one horror trope that never goes out of fashion: children.
Here's what Murphy had to say in an interview with TV Line:
“The interesting thing about this season is we’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done, so I don’t want to say what it maybe is ... We haven’t declared a winner [yet] ... If you look at horror tropes, the innocence of children, that sort of wide-eyed entryway into some world is always very dramatic and satisfying.”
Two ideas I've seen thrown around are Saloon and Orphanage. The latter would definitely give Murphy his kick of creepy children, and could pay homage to a huge amount of cult horror classics, as is the director's style. Saloon would probably not be very horrifying, but it would be undeniably badass.
But what about AHS: Zoo? Just think of the snakes. Oh, the snakes...
Then again, maybe a cruise ship or Washington DC might be killer settings.
The new season will be set in the present day with "echoes of the past," says FX boss John Landgraf, and according to Murphy, Season 6 will also be darker than Hotel, which I suppose is good news if you didn't consider the Countess and her associates sick enough already.
And What About The Cast?
One of the great things about AHS is that it's always possible to have an educated guess at the cast. Ryan Murphy said recently that any cast member from Hotel or previous seasons who wants to return is welcome, but so far the only confirmed actor is the Countess herself, Lady Gaga, fresh off her surprise GGs win.
Beyond that it's all speculation, but you can be almost certain that fan faves like Angela Bassett, Denis O'Hare, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates and most likely Sarah Paulson will be back on board in some capacity.
When Can I Watch It?
Like clockwork each year, as the leaves fall from the trees, September rolls into October and horror fanatics start planning their Halloween outfits, a new season of American Horror Story begins, so expect it around the first or second week of October, with first posters in the summer and a trailer by August or September.