By Nakoa Nunies | Staff Writer
Warning! Before reading this article you should know that there may be some SPOILERS. If you plan on watching “American Horror Story” Season 6, Do not read.
With all of the previews and trailers that were released in anticipation for the next season of “American Horror Story,” I was excited to finally discover the theme for season 6. It’s pretty safe to say that Season 6 of “American Horror Story” (AHS) is not at all like any other season we’ve had so far. Taking an interesting turn with “My Roanoke Nightmare.” Instead of your typical tv show, this season is more like a documentary, unlike the previous seasons that they’ve had. The characters are played by two different actors or actresses, one in as an interview and the other as a reenactment. Giving the audience a chance to understand the characters and get into their shoes.
In this season, we follow the events that happened to Matt and Shelby Miller, an interracial couple living in Los Angeles. Everything changed when Matt was mobbed by a gang, soon after Shelby had a miscarriage. The couple ventured on to Roanoke Island, N.C., where they discovered an old farm house. After winning the house at an auction against a group of hillbillies, they moved in and started making renovations. Things take a turn for the worst when strange and mysterious things begin to happen in the house. Initially, the couple believes that this is retaliation from the hillbillies at the auction. Matt calls his sister, Lee, to come and stay with Shelby while Matt was on a business trip. After a traumatic incident, Shelby and Matt argue about whether or not they should stay in the house. When Shelby heard that Matt wanted to stay in the house, she took the car and drove off. As she leaves Shelby hits an old lady in the middle of the night. When Shelby gets out to check on the mysterious old lady, she stumbles deep into the woods surrounding the house and gets lost. Trying to find her way home, Shelby wanders aimlessly through the forest. What she walks into was absolutely horrifying.
If you’re a die-hard AHS fan then you know that this season isn’t going to be like the others. When I first heard that this season was more of a documentary than an actual TV show, I automatically hated it. But after watching Episode 2, I think that the co-creator of the show, Ryan Murph, made a good decision on the theme. One of the things that the show is known for is changing the theme of the show each season. With the change in themes comes the change in genre, from dark and gory seasons like, “Murder House,” “Asylum,” and ” Hotel” to the bewitching and twisted seasons like, “Coven,” and “Freak Show.” The addition of “Roanoke” brings a whole new genre of horror to the show, giving the audience a chance to change their perspective. This season relies a lot on the use lost tapes and reenactments for most of the backstory. However, you also get to see the way the characters feel and react to what happens on the show with these interviews.
The addition of “Roanoke” brings a whole new genre of horror to the show, giving the audience a chance to change their perspective. This season relies a lot on the use lost tapes and reenactments for most of the backstory. However, you also get to see the way the characters feel and react to what happens on the show with these interviews.
The best thing about this season could be that they have a star-studded cast. Because you have two people to play one character, they have been able to Squeeze in so many roles. They have the reoccurring cast members Like Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson (Reenactor) playing Shelby Miller. As well as Adina Porter and Angela Basset(Reenactor) returning to play the part of Lee. Joining the cast are these newcomers to AHS, Cuba Gooding Jr. , and André Holland (Reenactor) playing the part of Matt Miler. And last but not least is Kathy Bates, playing a mysterious old lady who seems to be the leader of a hillbilly cult. Yet to appear are cast members like Evan Peters, Denis O’hare, Wes Bently, Cheyenne Jackson, and Lady Gaga.
I must say that the anticipation and hype for AHS Season 6 has been well worth the wait. Co-creator Ryan Murphy really outdone himself with the new spine-chilling addition of “Roanoke.”I’ve been really impressed by the first two episodes so far,and I can’t wait to see more episodes every Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX.