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American Horror Story: 3 Things to Know Right Now

American Horror Story – Season 6: A brief recap of Episode 1 and three things you need to know. (Some SPOILERS, you have been warned!)

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Episode 1 Confirms Season 6 theme

After the handful of viral teasers, AHS fans had no clue what the show would focus on for its upcoming season. The masterful videos and the suspenseful build up set the tone for what to expect in Episode 1 of Season 6, which left me creeped out and lost. Twenty minutes in, there wasn’t much to catch onto besides the jump-scares and predictable moments that had my stomach in a knot. Leading up to the rest of the 25 minutes, there was a lot that was piled into this episode to set up what was to come. The theme of this years American Horror Story season is “My Roanoke Nightmare”. Googles Roanoke.

 

Speculation With a Quick History Lesson
To catch you up to speed on the historical significance of this theme… Briefly, the year is 1590 and the Roanoke colony turns up deserted. John White returns from a supply run from England to find 100 or so people have simply vanished from the Roanoke settlement. With zero sign of life or establishment, the eyebrows began to rise. Among the 100 people, John White’s daughter and granddaughter were nowhere to be found. It being August 18th (one month from today, September 18th – creepy) which was also his granddaughters birthday… the only clue to explain their disappearance was the word “Croatoan” carved into wood that fenced the colony. Croatoan was an island and the settlers quickly checked it out, noticing that there was nothing there. Then, things got really weird. Under John White, those that traveled with him back to England for this supply run came back to Roanoke, one of the first discovered settlements founded by Sir Walter Raleigh back in 1585. John White’s daughter and granddaughter were never found. That’s all for now
Guessing AHS’ Season 6 Theme
The guessing game for us AHS fans may or may not have been that fun. With many enticing and wild-goose chase trailers, AHS went a different route this season which threw the audience for a loop by releasing several trailers and one being correct. Lady Gaga dropped hints in her tweet (seen below). As episode one wrapped up this week and the title simply stated it- American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare, we learn a lot about what’s to be discovered, haunted, and found in the new house of Shelby & Matt.
 Three Things You Need to Know For Episode 2

1. There wasn’t the typical very creepy (AHS) opening credits sequence.

No, you didn’t miss anything. There were no opening credits, gasp! No creepy intro with broken doll faces, dark shadows, bodies covered in blood, ‘beings’ coming out of mattresses or the ground, ghostly figures. Nothing! Why? We don’t know yet, and after watching the first episode there are some details missing. We can only assume that the “missing” opening credits were intentional.

2. The AHS season is ‘somewhat’ based on true events but there’s definitely another haunted house.

The episode starts out with a new couple we haven’t seen played by characters Shelby (Sarah Paulson & Lily Rabe) & Matt (Cuba Gooding Jr. & Andre Holland). Shelby and Matt are characters based on fictional characters or so we think. The ‘based-on-true-events’ story tellers are told by Lily Rabe and Andre Holland who are re-enacted in a “dramatization” by Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr. We do not actually know if Shelby and Matt are real people that experienced the freaky things that occurred during Episode 1. Without giving away every detail from the episode, you’ll have to catch up prior to this week to really feel the scares and questions form. The season has a lot to answer for so far.

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3. Our favorite American Horror Story cast is back!

Episode 1 featured four familiar faces from previous seasons like Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Angela Basset (Lee, Matt’s sister played by Adina Porter), and Kathy Bates (towards the end of the episode). Not to worry, some of the classics are making an appearance and possibly more. Some of our other favorites have confirmed credit of returning, such as:

  • Cheyenne Jackson
  • Evan Peters
  • Denis O’Hare
  • Matt Bomer
  • Lady Gaga
  • Wes Bentley
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Looking Forward…
Quite the cliffhanger was at the ending of episode 1, as to be expected. It seems as though American Horror Story is off to a shifty but great start; possibly back to its roots. American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare airs Wednesdays on FX at 10pm.
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