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Spoiler alert for anyone who hasn't finished American Horror Story: Roanoke in its entirety.
Last night brought the wicked and wild season finale for American Horror Story: Roanoke, which bowed out similarly to how it began: with a house of horrors being tormented by colonial spectres during the Blood Moon. And while that shortened ride was a total blast for me and millions of other fans, it would be a lie to say I haven't been wondering about Season 7's theme since Roanoke's opening minutes. It seems as if all involved are perfectly happy with that curiosity, and American Horror Story may have revealed what we can expect to see next year.
I know what you're thinking. This video, posted on the show's Twitter page not long after the finale aired, doesn't indicate a single thing about Season 7 or seemingly anything else. It's just calmly rolling water, so it's obviously just a juxtaposing visual for all the madness audiences witnessed within the episode. Or, at worst, it's the show "waving" goodbye to Roanoke and its time on the air. But those assumptions are all wrong! All wrong, I tell you! Season 7 almost definitely has something to do with life and/or death at sea, and it's all based on a key moment in the middle of "Chapter 10."
During the segment with the paranormal cable spoof Spirit Chasers, the squad of ghost-hun...spirit-chasers goes off with the unimprisonable survivor Lee to investigate a loud crash, and when they enter the room in question, the camera drops to the floor, where a model ship has fallen off of a shelf and to the ground. Take a look.
I'd made a mental note of it happening during the episode, since it was a fairly specific shot in a sequence that featured the main camera getting flung wildly about as all manner of haunting entities appeared. But I then thought it was a wash, since I didn't think to peek at the show's social media to look for any possible tie-ins. Having seen this today, however, I am now in the 75-80% Certainty Club when it comes to American Horror Story Season 7 being connected to either the ocean or ships or, at the very least, people walking around with octopus heads on their shoulders.
Ryan Murphy has been a whirlwind of information about future seasons of American Horror Story, especially compared to how Roanoke started off, but nothing water-logged has come up.The future will head back to the Mott family storyline, as well as Season 3's central coven and Roanoke's Supreme Scathach, but not necessarily next season. Will we get to see the story of those who first sailed to the Americas before the Roanoke colony was discovered? Will we be introduced to one of Asylum doctor Arthur Arden's mutated experiments that turned into a hideous sea creature? Will Season 7 just be a docu-series take on Jaws?
We will have to wait until some point in 2017 to see more American Horror Story back on FX, and we'll probably also be waiting until next year to get a confirmation on what we can expect to see from Season 7. In the meantime, head to our fall TV schedule and our midseason premiere schedule to see what's coming soon.