‘American Horror Story’ Season 6 Update: Everything We Know So Far About Ryan Murphy’s Plans

American Horror Story fans are impatiently waiting for as many details about plans for Season 6 as can possibly be found. Normally we learn a lot about the theme during PaleyFest but this year has been a little different. At this time last year, AHS fans already knew that Lady Gaga had signed on and the theme had been revealed. While Ryan Murphy has revealed some details about the upcoming season, it has still left fans hoping for more information.

Rather than discuss his chosen theme during the TV festival, Ryan Murphy announced that he’s still working with two themes and so far, we’re not sure yet if he plans to use both or if he just hasn’t decided what to do yet. What he did disclose is that the storyline will revolve around children.

“Both things that we’re writing right now – we haven’t declared a winner – will have a different form, so we’re excited about that. We’ll talk about it soon, but we haven’t landed on it yet,” Murphy said at PaleyFest. “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.”

According to Express, a popular theory for Season 6 of American Horror Story is that it might be set in an orphanage. Given Murphy’s admission that the storyline will revolve around children, that sounds pretty plausible and it might be the direction that AHS writers are going for with at least one of their ideas. Certainly they could take the idea of an orphanage and do all kinds of creepy storylines from it.

The next season will be set in the present day, setting it apart from Asylum and Freak Show, which were both set in the past. There will be “echoes” of the past in Season 6 though, according to sources. This is changing up the pattern for AHS, as they have been alternating between doing a season in the present and then doing one in the past. Hotel was set in the present, so fans automatically assumed that Season 6 would be set in the past. That was shot down by John Landgraf at FX, who confirmed that Season 6 would, in fact, be set in the present day.

Ryan Murphy has said in the past that seasons will only take place in America. With that said, there have been no clues dropped at all yet about the location for Season 6. So far there have been seasons in California, Florida, and Massachusetts.

As far as who might be coming back for another round of American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy made it clear that he’ll take them all back. Lady Gaga was invited back for another season immediately after AHS: Hotel was over. Gaga’s performance was so well-done and critically acclaimed that Murphy immediately asked her to return.

Ryan Murphy also said at PaleyFest that, “every darling person…who wants to come back, can come back.” Does that mean everyone is coming back? Because who in their right mind wouldn’t want to? Emma Roberts, who sat out Season 5 in order to star in Scream Queens, has already said she wants in for another season, especially if it means working with Lady Gaga. Denis O’Hare is a shoe in too, saying at Dallas Walker Stalker that he was still waiting for his call. Guessing by their attendance at PaleyFest during the American Horror Story panel, we’re betting Finn Whitrock, Matt Bomer, and Kathy Bates will be back too. Fans are still anxiously hoping that Jessica Lange will come back for a season with Lady Gaga.

It doesn’t seem like that is really much information for the upcoming Season 6 of American Horror Story. Typically, Ryan Murphy should have released more details by now and he seems to be holding the upcoming theme and location information close to the vest. Is it really an issue of not being sure which direction they are going or is Murphy just trying to keep the next season of AHS as much of a mystery as he can for as long as possible?

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