When Ryan Murphy teases a major twist, he delivers.
As American Horror Story: Roanoke heads into the second half of the season, the show will shift its focus from the documentary to a behind-the-scenes storyline.
For the second half of the season, fans will follow Cheyenne Jackson’s character and his film crew as Murphy explores a show-within-the-show.
“Something happens where half the cast is revealed to be doing something completely different than you’ve seen in the first five [episodes],” Murphy told TV Line.
“You realize what you’ve been watching with some of the characters is not [who] they are. [The actors] had to do a mad scramble to find new voices and accents. It is a big turn. It’s the biggest plot twist we’ve ever done with the show. And there’s a startling announcement in Act 3 that resets the season up until Episode 10.”
Roanoke started by exploring the story of a haunted farm house on the island.
Fans watched as Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson re-enacted supernatural events that happened to Matt (Andre Holland) and Shelby Miller (Lily Rabe), the two main subjects of the documentary.
In the first five episodes, the couple tried their best to withstand and escape the clutches of the deadly ghosts from the lost colony of Roanoke, who were led by Kathy Bates’ butcher character.
Included in the mix were Lady Gaga’s strange witch character, a mysterious pig man, and Evan Peters as the original builder of the house, Edward Mott.
Episode 5 concluded the documentary and seemed to wrap up the story of the haunted house.
Based on Murphy’s comments, however, not only is the story going to take a completely new direction in “Chapter 6,” but some of the actors will play new roles as the season progresses.
According to Collider, some of the actors didn’t even know they would be playing dual roles this season.
“I had to call up Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates. We didn’t tell them [the twist] this year. So we had them thinking this idea that they were playing one thing through the whole year, and right around the time we started shooting episode four, I called them up and I said, ‘OK, I didn’t want to tell you this, but it will be revealed that you’re actually something completely different than what the audience thought you were,’” Murphy revealed. “And they all loved that challenge.”
Taissa Farmiga and Finn Wittrock will make another appearance on American Horror Story: Roanoke, though their new characters are still a big secret.
“Finn Wittrock is coming back soon, playing his most f**ked-up character of all time. To the point where he was like, ‘This is so crazy that I don’t know that I can do it, but I’ll do it,’” Murphy shared. “And Taissa Farmiga is coming back for the first time ever since Coven, in I think a really, really great part and we love her.”
What about Evan Peters?
According to Perez Hilton, Peters will make an appearance on the coming episode as a completely different character.
“It’s probably my favorite thing he’s done. Evan Peters in episode six is one of the greatest, most hilarious things Evan has ever done and he loved it… He’s a very big, pivotal part of episode six, playing a completely different character than what we’ve seen him play. Evan is just the best, I love him.”
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly reports that Murphy also revealed that Gaga’s character this season has ties to American Horror Story: Coven. The witch character was actually the original Supreme from Coven, and Murphy promised that she will appear again in future seasons.
Fortunately, the next season of AHS will not be kept a highly guarded secret.
“We’re going to announce [the premise] in the spring,” Murphy shared. “We’re not doing a secrecy thing, but [next season] does have a big hook behind it.” And, according to Murphy, it “involves several Freak Show characters.”
The theme for Season 7 hasn’t been released, but Murphy teased that some of the characters in Roanoke will have cameos next season.
Gaga’s witch is the most obvious character to crossover seasons, though Murphy revealed that Season 7 would re-visit some of the characters in Freak Show.
“Next year, we will be going back to some Freak Show characters, deeper histories and mythologies. So we’re sort of still exploring season 4 in season 7,” he stated. “The finale is the wrap-up to Roanoke but the mythology and some of the characters will continue in subsequent seasons. So it’s the ending but not the ending.”
The AHS creator has long teased fans that all seasons of the show are somehow connected, so it’s definitely good to see Murphy fulfilling some of those promises.
Until then, fans can watch the scares unfold when new episodes of American Horror Story: Roanoke air Wednesday nights on FX, check out a preview for “Chapter 6” below.
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