What do we know about American Horror Story Season 6? The answer has been elusive, with only a number of enticing tidbits dropped like breadcrumbs for us to follow. Still, if there's one thing a fandom loves, it's a mystery to speculate over. Although there are many rumored cast members returning, Angela Bassett is the only confirmed crew member returning. It's more fun - and practical, at this point - to imagine what the theme for the new season might be.
Check out a round-up of the hints and clues Ryan Murphy and the AHS crew have leaked so far, along with some ideas about what they could mean.
Our most recent hint comes from Freak Show's Dandy Mott, Finn Wittrock, who told The Wrap:
“I have heard [Season 6] is going to be a little tighter — there were so many story lines in the last one and it was so big and epic, I have a feeling it might be a little more claustrophobic. A smaller cast.”
For a literal translation of this 'claustrophobia', my mind went straight to the 'Coffin' promo for American Horror Story: Coven.
There was certainly a whole lot going on at the Hotel Cortez, so it'll be cool to see a change in strategy for Season 6. The upcoming season has been confirmed to involve two time periods, but this could be as involved as two entirely different settings linked by full-on time travel, or as minor as a few flashbacks.
It'd be exciting to have a truly taut, character-driven season of AHS after all of the flashy characters and gleefully over-the-top events of Freak Show and Hotel. If the cast was kept small and only a few locations locked down, the possibility for a crackling, claustrophobic vibe along the lines of Dogville or Tape is just too thrilling; imagine how intense that'd be.
Killer Kids at Boarding School?
American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy told EW that the new Season 6 may well have a definite theme of childhood, as horror:
“Often deals with the innocence of children, and their wide-eyed way into it. Both ideas we’re working with have elements of children.”
Although it fits with the childhood theme, we can currently discount the theory that Ryan Murphy wanted to include CreepyPasta icon Slender Man as a villain in Season 6. Personally, I'd love for American Horror Story to fulfill all of my fetishistic boarding school fantasies with the new Season... imagine Chloe Sevigny taking on a role akin to Eva Green's pervy schoolmarm in underrated chiller Cracks.
The Phantom of the Opera
Although I'm not sure how literally Ryan Murphy means the following comment, it's certainly food for thought:
“I think the show has always felt to me like an opera, so I think both of the things we’re writing right now will have a certain feel. But, I think I know what the winner is... We’re doing something that we’ve never done before on the show where we’re doing two different groups of writers rooms.''
Maybe the 'opera' feel indicates a musical or theatrical bent to Season 6, or Murphy may just be referencing the soap opera feeling that American Horror Story engenders in its well-loved characters. I doubt that it Season 6 will be set in an actual opera house, but I'd never say no to a bit of Dario Argento influence...
Ryan Murphy told EW that American Horror Story Season 6 will take a different tack from previous seasons, saying:
''The next thing we’re crafting up is very, very different than this. Not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark.''
I'm not sure how much darker you can get from the most shocking scene in AHS history, but I'm excited to see how it's handled. If anyone can eclipse their past achievements through sheer ingenuity, it's Ryan Murphy.
Check out 6 ideas for Season 6's theme here.
American Horror Story: Season 6 is expected to be released in October, as per the other seasons of the show. Our key words for Season 6 are 'claustrophobic', 'not opulent', 'children', 'rogue and dark'. Ideas in the comments below, folks!