American Horror Story is perhaps one of the most reclusive shows on FX when it goes into hibernation in the offseason. What is clear right up front is that the hype for the show is giving it some momentum heading into the next television season, which could essentially be Seasons 6 and 7 for American Horror Story.
One thing that has already been discussed for American Horror Story is that the show has become so popular among fans that showrunners are likely to make it a year-round event. That is, of course, something The Walking Dead is already doing, with the exception of its midseason hiatus that is currently in session for Fear The Walking Dead.
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Something that has already surfaced about Season 6 of American Horror Story is that creator Ryan Murphy announced he has two ideas that he is weighing against each other for the theme, as reported by TV Line. But Murphy likes to keep his American Horror Story fans guessing, even if he is giving them the answer straight in their face.
“The interesting thing about this season is we’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done. So I don’t want to say what it maybe is,” Ryan Murphy said at PaleyFest. “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.”
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For those who were unaware of any of his previous interviews, Murphy has already talked about doing two seasons this year, which would be a fall and spring season, spilling over into 2017 of course. But as everyone already knows, the television industry usually defines the television season as September through the following May. Then there is the summer season, of course.
American Horror Story can essentially keep the ball rolling all year round and pull of what The Walking Dead is currently doing over on AMC. Horror shows are the hottest things on television right now and they are making bank in the ratings.
But the really good news is that American Horror Story can essentially cash in on the major talk that has been going on right now with the web news and social media. There has already been a lot of talk about children being the theme in Season 6, but Ryan Murphy has never said that they would be creepy or scary in any way. As matter of fact, what he said was quite the opposite of that.
“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,” Murphy said at PaleyFest.
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So all of these reports that Season 6 of American Horror Story is going to have creepy children in it, well, that is just speculation at this point. You might even go as far to say that Murphy has already spelled it out for you, but the media and the fans haven’t quite caught on to it yet.
If Season 6 of American Horror Story has “an element of children in it,” and they are not creepy, then they are the victims. Long story short, this next season could play out a little like Stephen King’s It. There could be children in the fall season who fall victim to a specific American horror story trope, then the spring season could be in some way connected by the children with a different horror story trope that is also a classic American style of terror.
There has also been news that this upcoming “television” season of American Horror Story will be set in two different time periods. So could that mean kids in the fall, then their grown-up characters in the spring? Who knows? American Horror Story is designed to surprise you.
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