You know how when a good friend plays a mean trick on you, you're forgiving up until that point where you could snap that person's neck? Well in today's scenario, that friend is FX's American Horror Story, and the trick involves stapling the wool over all of our eyes so that we don't know what Season 6 will be about. Or, more specifically, we're talking fake teasers here, people! Fake teasers! Here's how FX CEO John Landgraf explained the visual game of three card monte they're playing with viewers.
[The marketing team] went out and created many more trailers than you've actually seen for hypothetical seasons of American Horror Story, in different genres, different places. One of them is accurate, and the others are all misdirects.
So there you have it. Not only has American Horror Story kept us all in the dark on what the upcoming season will center on, after years of early reveals, but apparently Ryan Murphy and the marketing squad decided to go one step further. Fans like myself were ecstatic when the new teasers started hitting the Internet recently, and the speculation train went into high gear immediately as it seemed like we'd be getting a farm setting with a story resembling Leatherface's. Or a family of weirdos doing things to people. Or a baby with a tool collection.
But no. All but one of those teasers that were already released, as well as the ones that are coming out in the future, are completely fake, teasing American Horror Story narratives and themes that don't exist. At least not yet. Who knows what Ryan Murphy has going on in his head?
Fans don't, and it looks like none of us are going to find out exactly what's happening anytime soon, either. Here's what else Landgraf had to say at the TCA press event (via TVLine) about the plans for Season 6's plot.
There is a theme and a setting and a place and time, but we're not going to reveal it because we think it will be fun for the audience to have the surprise this year.
He's killing me, man. No one on American Horror Story had a worse time of it than fans are having right now, knowing we may have to wait until the actual opening scene to figure out what the hell this season is going to be about. Well, I guess anyone who had to hang out with Madame LaLaurie for more than a couple of minutes had it a tad rougher. But that's it.
At this point, you can head to our American Horror Story Season 6 guide to see everything we do know about what's happening, including casting information and some interesting set photos. (Unless those are fake, too.) Season 6 and all of its mystery will hit FX on Wednesday, September 14, at 10:00 p.m. ET. To see when everything else is coming to the small screen later this year, check out our fall premiere schedule.