American Horror Story fans need to brace themselves. There have been some updates on what Season 6 may look like and it seems that they are changing up the playbook a bit. Let’s just say that fans may get two seasons this year instead of just one.
What has been a classic recurring theme for American Horror Story is that in each season, there are so many storylines going on that it sometimes seems hard to keep up. As a matter of fact, American Horror Story is quite well know for spending a lot of time on one storyline, then hanging fans with a cliffhanger for a few episodes and focusing on another storyline. Both are essential to the season, but it can be quite frustrating when fans are trying to resolve one story before getting into another.
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Season 6 of American Horror Story has been reported to be much more focused with less storylines and more time devoted to a single thread. Finn Wittrock, who spoke with The Wrap about his possible involvement on Season 6, has revealed that he is very much interested in coming back for another round of American Horror Story. He also said that he likes what he is hearing about Season 6 so far.
“I have heard it is going to be a little tighter — there were so many storylines 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,” Wittrock told The Wrap.
Of course, when Wittrock described Season 6 of American Horror Story as “claustrophobic,” he was referring to the storyline, metaphorically. That’s because with a more focused season, fans can pay attention to less of the things that distract them, no matter how good they are, and pay more attention to a central storyline that fits right into the narrative for the seasons.
In Season 1, the AHS Murderhouse was a single storyline about a house with a supernatural history that had many different stories attached to it. But each ghost had its own story to tell. There were times during Season 1 of American Horror Story that fans were quite confused about just who Jessica Lange’s character was or how many times she had lived in the house.
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Of course, there was also the storyline about Jessica Lange and her husband’s mistress, the maid. That character came and went as two different actresses throughout the show, which seemed to only mirror the house father’s (Dylan McDermott) propensity for misogynistic views. In the end, it was quite clear that he only saw women as objects and that is how she appeared to him throughout most of the season.
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Season 2 of American Horror Story was the Asylum installment, which was quite complex with so many different jumps back and forth in time. Then there were the aliens, the monstrous outside creatures, the mad Nazi scientist, and the demon-possessed nun. You could have blinked and missed a major plot point in that season. But that’s not to say it wasn’t good, just rather quite complex.
Then you jump into Season 3 of American Horror Story with Coven and you have the same formula repeating itself. As a matter of fact, it repeated itself with Season 4 and 5 as well.
But here’s the thing. Wittrock is telling us at this point that American Horror Story is starting to rethink their season formulas and rather opting for a more streamlined approach. That could give fans an improved experience with the show and even improve the strength of American Horror Story.
But with that in mind, does that mean American Horror Story has room to launch two seasons in one year?
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Last year, just before the launch of American Horror Story: Hotel, Ryan Murphy spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the possibility of doing two seasons of the show every year, instead of just one.
“Next year we might do a fall American Horror Story and a spring,” Murphy told EW. “We have to decide.”
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Either way, American Horror Story will return this fall on FX.
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