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Ryan Murphy has a penchant for keeping his fans on the hook. Although American Horror Story: Hotel ended its run way back in January, details about the upcoming sixth season of the FX drama have been doled out rather slowly, just keeping us interested enough until the next detail comes along. This week, the prolific showrunner finally revealed some details about how Season 6 is coming together, and those details are quite unusual.
Speaking at Paleyfest (per TV Line) over the weekend, Ryan Murphy revealed the creative team is hard at work on Season 6. That’s the good news. The unusual news is that apparently two concepts are in the work and Ryan Murphy doesn’t know which one the show will be using yet. Here’s what he had to say:
The interesting thing about this season is we’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done. So I don’t want to say what it maybe 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.
It might seem like a bunch of prep work to prepare two different concepts for American Horror Story Season 6, but it doesn’t seem as if a ton of writing has actually gone down with the scripts. Since we do know that Lady Gaga will be back for Season 6 and we also know Ryan Murphy can get a ton of high-end talent to appear on AHS each year, theoretically whichever direction the show ends up going in should be good. In fact, during the panel, Murphy spoke out to the slew of Season 5 cast members on the stage, noting that all of them are welcome to be a part of Season 6 should they want to join. (Angela Bassett is confirmed; the rest have yet to officially sign on the dotted line.)
If you’ve been keeping tabs on American Horror Story, you may have heard a couple of months ago that the creative team was exploring the legend of the internet phenomenon the Slender Man for Season 6. While that would’ve been cool, it has since been debunked. So, if that’s not on the drawing board, there are a slew of other horror tropes the long-running series could choose from. Obviously, two of them are in contention, and once Ryan Murphy and co. figure out which angle they want to pursue, they’ll probably take their sweet time about letting us know which subtitle they’ve chosen. We’ll let you know as soon as that happens, though.
In the meantime, take a look at everything we know about Season 6.