Ahead of this week’s highly anticipated episode of “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” series co-creator Ryan Murphy dropped some hints on what to expect from the rest of the season.
Murphy said that Episode 6 contains “the biggest plot twist we’ve ever done on the show” and suggested that the “My Roanoke Nightmare” producer played by Cheyenne Jackson is vital to it. In Episodes 6 through 10, the show-within-the-show producer takes the season “to another level.”
Luckily, Murphy had more concrete details to share about other actors.
Some, including Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, will be playing other roles outside of the ones we’ve seen so far — that is, The Butcher, Shelby Miller and Edward Mott, respectively.
Fan-favorite Taissa Farmiga is officially coming back after Episode 6 to play her “most adult and terrifying” role in the show so far. (We are also happy to confirm that Farmiga’s absence from “AHS” in Seasons 4 and 5 had nothing to do with her and everything to do with Murphy creating the right part.) And Finn Wittrock will return to play a “pretty extreme” character over a couple upcoming episodes.
As for the big twist itself? We can only say this: No one is safe.
“[’Roanoke’] was written as if this season were, I would say, two different shows,” Murphy said. “There’s a very startling announcement ― I think it’s at the end of Act 3 ― that resets the rest of the season up until Episode 10.”
“Reset,” a word Murphy has used in the past, could suggest the second half of the show turns back the clock to the beginning of the season. Episode 6, he said, “upends” the perception that the Miller family actually lived through their “Roanoke nightmare” because they have been shown giving on-camera interviews.
“It’s really good, I think, and it’s really scary, and it’s further commentary on reality television, which I think we’ve been doing for the first five episodes of the season. I think fans of the show will really love it because it’s startling.”
It’s fitting, then, that the next two episodes were made for the Halloween season. In an already especially creepy season, we can’t imagine what that means.
“American Horror Story: Roanoke” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.