September 15, 2016


‘American Horror Story’ Season 6 Premiere Recap: 12 Burning Questions

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SPOILER WARNING: Do not read this unless you've already seen the premiere of American Horror Story season 6.

The time has finally come, people! Last night, the theme of FX's American Horror Story season six was revealed to be "My Roanoke Nightmare." This means the series will likely dive into the mysterious disappearance of more than 100 colonists in 1590 in Roanoke (a.k.a "The Lost Colony"), with the only clue left behind was the Native American tribe name “Croatoan" etched into a tree.

The show is portrayed as a true-crime-style documentary, making the claim that it's “Inspired by true events." AHS regular Lily Rabe plays Shelby (portrayed by fellow castmate Sarah Paulson in the reenactment), while The Knick's Andre Holland plays her husband Matt (who is Cuba Gooding Jr. in the reenactments). After leaving Los Angeles to start a fresh new life, the yoga-loving interracial couple move into a 18th-century farmhouse in North Carolina.

They soon realize there's something not quite right with the old house and its surrounding hillbilly neighbors, so Matt calls upon his ex-cop and former prescription pill-addicted sister Lee (True Blood's Adina Porter in the interviews, AHS vet Angela Bassett in the reenactment) to keep a frightened Shelby company while he's on the job.

After a few scary encounters (almost getting drowned in a jacuzzi, the raining teeth, the phantom wine bottle, those twins in the hallway), the sisters-in-laws soon find themselves in the basement watching a chilling home movie. It showed a man trapped in the woods with a shirtless person wearing a pig's head. Freaked out, Shelby flees and drives deep into the middle of nowhere before hitting a colonial ghost (played by series regular Kathy Bates). Her naive self then goes into the woods to see if the ghost is okay, and soon finds herself surrounded by a torch-carrying troop of colonists. The episode wraps with Wes Bentley (Freak Show, Hotel) emerges from the shadows.

While trying to take in this premiere, I found myself scratching my head in confusion rather than being excited about its return. So here are a few questions I'd like to see answered throughout this season.

1. What happened to the frighteningly cool introduction theme this season?

2. Is the reunion of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson just a marketing ploy for FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson?

3. Will the show be keeping the reenactment portion for every episode? Because going back and forth between two different sets of actors is tiring.

4. They're really playing up the Dateline-esque docudrama style, so does this mean each episode will reveal a different horror story?

5. If that proves to be true, the American Horror Story: Cinema behind-the-scenes theory may have some validation. So it is a theme...within a theme?!

6. What black person in their right mind would willingly move to a haunted house in the middle of confederate North Carolina? Surely Ryan Murphy set Cuba Gooding Jr. and Angela Bassett up for failure.

7. Those twig dolls look awfully familiar. Is this supposed to be some Blair Witch Project promo?

8. Who is the guy wearing that pig head in the home movie? Is it one of the lost colonists?

9. What in the world did that raining teeth scene mean?

10. Was it Kathy Bates' character who was drowning Shelby in the jacuzzi?

11. Speaking of the actress, the AHS credits reveal Denis O'Hare, Wes Bentley, Evan Peters and Cheyenne Jackson. I saw a glimpse of Bentley among those dead people, so are the rest of the recurring cast part of the lost colony as well?

12. Lady Gaga wasn't included in the credits, so how small will her role be? And how will her vampiric Countess story be integrated in this colonial-themed plot line?

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