Ryan Murphy is going with a fresh-faced concept for Season 6 of “American Horror Story.” During the FX drama’s PaleyFest panel on Sunday, the co-creator of the chilling series dished that he’s contemplating two storylines for the forthcoming installment.
“The interesting thing about this season is we’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done,” Murphy said at the panel. “I don’t want to say what it is... 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.”
Although the mastermind behind the gruesome show stay tight-lipped about specifics, he did divulge that Season 6's storyline would have “elements of children” woven into the plot.
“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,” he explained, reminding us why “Children of the Corn” had us sleeping with the lights on.
Murphy is no stranger to casting children within the plots of the creepy anthology. He used them to spook the Harmon family in Season 1, “Murder House,” and to drain the living during Season 5, “Hotel.” It was even rumored that the executive producer was going to focus the sixth season on the fictitious creature Slender Man — a long limbed, mythical villain that stalks and kills children. However, a source dished to Entertainment Weekly that the speculation was false.
What is certain about the upcoming season is that the sixth installment will feature all your favorite “AHS" alums like Sarah Paulson, Denis O’O'Hare and Angela Bassett — that is, if they accept their Season 6 roles. Although Lady Gaga has been the only cast member confirmed to partake in the upcoming, gut-wrenching series, Murphy did reveal that he invited “every darling” cast member who was in attendance of the PaleyFest panel to star in the new season. Finn Wittrock, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Bassett, O’Hare, Kathy Bates and Paulson were all onstage at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday.
FX President John Landgraf also unveiled some exciting details about the upcoming season, revealing that although Season 6 would have “echoes of the past,” the new installment would primarily be set in the present.
“It’s set in two time periods, but principally in the present,” he stated.
“American Horror Story” will return with its sixth installment on FX in the fall.