Theme Of ‘American Horror Story’ Season 6 Just Got More Mysterious, Thanks To Cuba Gooding, Jr.

American Horror Story Season 6, which has been shrouded in mystery since the finale of Season 5, just got even more mysterious thanks to some comments from Cuba Gooding, Jr. Ryan Murphy and FX have intentionally left fans in the dark regarding the theme for this year, even releasing a flurry of teasers, most of which they said were intentional misdirects. Even after last week’s premiere of Season 6 of American Horror Story, fans aren’t clear on this year’s theme. But maybe Cuba’s comments give us somewhere to start in trying to figure it out.

Here’s the first thing he said to Vanity Fair at the after-Emmy party.

“… the first season to me, if you watch those 13 episodes—it’s like what The Twilight Zone did with one episode.”

So Cuba sees the first year of American Horror Story as being similar to one episode of The Twilight Zone. That isn’t difficult to see. Keep in mind that although he appears to be playing a lead character in AHS this year, he hadn’t really watched it until Ryan Murphy, who he worked with on the Emmy-winning People vs. O.J., approached him about taking on a role in Season 6. Before giving Murphy an answer, Gooding binge-watched Season 1 through 5 of American Horror Story. It’s very easy to see the comparison, with each season of the show having its own story, just like each Twilight Zone episode had. But is there a reason he singled out Season 1? Let’s see what else he had to say.

“This season, remember I said that. When you see this season, you’ll realize how to interpret that Twilight Zone idea to an entire other level. When your head goes ‘boom’ and you’ve got brains all over the wall, you’re going to be like, ‘Motherf—ing Cuba Gooding Jr.’ I wish I could tell you when it happens, but I can’t.”

What could be important about Season 1? What could it have to do with Season 6 of American Horror Story? Do the teasers give us any clues? Maybe.


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In American Horror Story: Murder House, Vivien had previously miscarried. That miscarriage caused lots of problems in her marriage. She eventually got pregnant with twins, but her husband was the father of only one of the babies. It ended up with Vivien. The other was fathered by Tate and is being raised by Constance. In the first episode of this year’s American Horror Story, Shelby Miller/Sarah Paulson/Lily Rabe miscarries her baby as her husband awakens from a coma. Is there a connection? Was her husband the real father of the baby or is there a backstory we don’t yet know?

And what about the teasers? What if several of them include elements of the theme, but only one indicates the overall theme? For example, the teaser titled “Wind Chimes.” Check it out below.

There was a storm of human teeth in last week’s episode. And the teaser titled “Lullaby” could hint at a baby in the story (One of Vivien’s and/or the one Shelby lost?)

The one titled “The Harvest” includes figures that look a lot like something we saw in last week’s episode of American Horror Story.

American Horror Story Season 6 Corn Husk Dolls

And there are several that appear to have a farmhouse as their location as well as one that includes several schoolchildren. Perhaps these are all hints at what’s to come, but not the full picture.

Back to what Cuba Gooding, Jr. told Vanity Fair. Viewers have been wondering about why there is one couple talking about what happened and another couple showing what happened. (Andre Holland is the male narrator.) Is it just a take on ghost hunting shows where the real people narrate and actors perform? Or is there more to it? VF asked Cuba if he and the male narrator would ever meet on the this year’s American Horror Story. Here is the response Vanity Fair reported.

“‘I’m just trying to phrase this so I can keep myself safe,’ Gooding Jr. said of working with André. ‘Because I don’t want anybody get mad at me. Because they never give you information. When I go, ‘Who’s playing the real Matt?’ They go, ‘André’ and I go ‘from The Knick? Oh my god, I love that guy, I can’t wait to see him…’ Gooding Jr. trails off with a significant glance.”

“But when asked if he and Holland ever got the chance to meet (their parallel narratives wouldn’t provide much opportunity), Gooding grinned and said, ‘Well, I can’t continue this line of talking. If I continue this line of talking, I might give something away.'”

So are they both supposed to be real? Neither is an actor? Are they both real people who had the same experience? Who knows. One thing that we can say for sure. American Horror Story has us intrigued and we’ll be tuning in to see how things unfold.

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