American Horror Story Season 6 Theme Reveal: So What Is It Really About?

Tonight, the long anticipated sixth season of American Horror Story premiered, and I just need to say something.

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From scanning the twittersphere intensely during the commercial breaks, it seems that all of you are just as confused as I am. You’re probably coming here for answers, and as a blogger, I’m probably supposed to provide them, but tbh this was me for the majority of the episode:

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However, that being said, I can definitely provide some answers. Or at least some theories.

The theme has finally been revealed to us, and I have to say, it’s about as vague and confusing as those trailers. The theme is titled “My Roanoke Nightmare”. You may be sitting here like:

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You are not alone, my friend. You are not alone.

I’ve done some googling, because this is what I turn to when I’m completely lost, and what tends to keep popping up is The Roanoke Colony, also known as The Lost Colony. I’m going to keep this short and sweet, because let’s be honest, none of you visited this blog today for a history lesson.

From what I can find, basically back in 1584 the Queen granted this guy Raleigh a charter that more or less said, “establish a colony in North America, provide riches for the New World, or lose your right to colonization”. They went, they met up with the local natives, but there were some disagreements and they ended up not getting along that well. It looks like the colonists ended up splitting up. Some of them left the island when offered, others stayed behind to protect Raleigh’s claim. Three years later when on a voyage, they stopped by Roanoke to check up on the settlers, but couldn’t find anything except for a single skeleton. The settlement was deserted, but there was no sign of any battle or struggle. The word “Croatoan” was carved into a fence post around the village, which was their only clue as to what could have happened. (I’m probably getting this so messed up, so I suggest looking into it yourself if you want accurate details. This is just, very loosely, the gist).

There’s definitely a lot of potential with that story, a lot of holes to fill in, and a slightly creepy and mysterious plot to go off of. Is this what “My Roanoke Nightmare” means? Perhaps this is the aftermath, and the settlers haunt the land? Still does not explain the entire ground moving in that last scene. But maybe it’s aliens again! Who knows?

That’s one theory. Another theory is that we should be focusing less on the title, and more on the style. This season is different from any previous. It’s filmed in the style of those ghost story shows, the ones where people sit in front of a camera and tell their story, while actors dramatically reenact the scene? I’ve heard some people describe it almost as a mockumentary style, which is fair. I was a little thrown off by it as well, but it’s actually kind of brilliant! It’s very different, and if any cast can pull it off, it’s this one. So, if we focus on the style rather than the theme, we could hazard a guess that each episode will focus on different ghost stories, telling them in this same style. My only problem with this is that it would feel disjointed, wouldn’t it? What would connect the episodes together solidly?

This leads us to the next theory, which actually combines the first two. This season will be focused on “My Roanoke Nightmare”, but each episode focuses on different people. Perhaps different time periods, a haunting throughout the ages. This still doesn’t explain the moving ground, or the pig-man thing (which kind of reminded me of Lord of the Flies?). I probably should act like I know what’s going on, but honestly, I’ve got no clue.

This premiere was without a doubt the most confusing yet. It felt like a weird mix of movies and literature. I already mentioned Lord of the Flies, but I also got a Children of the Corn vibe, as well as a very strong Blair Witch vibe with the stick voodoo doll things. And then there was a hardcore season 2 flashback when the ENTIRE GROUND STARTED MOVING because, well, aliens.

Maybe it’s always been aliens.

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While the story is super confusing so far, the cast, old and new, is killing it as always. What amazes me most is Sarah Paulson, playing an actress who’s playing Shelby played by Lily Rabe. It’s multiple levels and it could be because I’m writing this at midnight, but it’s messing with my mind in an awesome way. We also saw Kathy Bates for a brief few moments, but those moments were glorious. She does creepy so well. Angela Bassett portrays Matt’s bad ass sister in the reenactment, who is a former cop, but is still packing. Newcomers Andre Holland and Cuba Gooding Jr. are making wonderful additions to the cast. It looks like we’ve added some more good guys to our roster, which in AHS is always a good thing. So far there’s a lot of scariness, but the cast is up to par, as always.

If you’re wondering what you can expect to see next week, I’d guess that we would begin where we left off. Shelby and Matt’s story is far from finished and I doubt they’d leave us with a cliffhanger like that. I know that many fans, including myself, are really excited for Evan Peters to make his appearance soon, and if past seasons are any indication I have a strong hope that we’ll see at least a glimpse of him in the coming episode. I can’t decide if I want him to play a Kit Walker or a James March, but I’m feeling the latter. Nobody does bad like he does.

So many questions, absolutely no answers as of yet, and I apologize. I’ll try and keep you updated as the season progresses. Hopefully it gets a little less confusing.

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely, Fiction’s Mistress

PS. If you see two women walking across your hallway, do not go after them. Do not go into your tub, outside, alone in the dark. Do not go into the dark creepy basement. If you hear a noise, do not put the knife down and go searching. RUN THE HELL AWAY. Do not be like Shelby. There’s my tip for the day.

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