What’s the ‘American Horror Story’ Season 6 Theme? Here Are 6 Tantalizing Theories

     August 26, 2016


Typically around this time of year, fans of American Horror Story already know the general theme of the forthcoming season. They are treated to an onslaught of promos and teaser images to whet the palate for what depraved monstrosities await them. Not this year.

This year, FX decided to change things up. In lieu of transparency around the theme, the powers that be chose secrecy. We still have more teasers than we can keep up with, but the large majority of them are apparently fake to hide the one or two legit ones. The network even set up a contest for fans to motivate them to figure out the mystery.

Here’s what we actually know…


Image via FX

Showrunner Ryan Murphy said, “we’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done.” He added, “Both ideas we’re working with have elements of children,” and that Season 6 “will have a different form than we’ve ever done.” In a separate interview with EW, he teased the possibility of two seasons in 2016, “a fall American Horror Story and a spring.” At the very least, the creative crew will have “two different groups of writers rooms” for something Murphy described as “more rogue and more dark.” He also claimed back in October that the theme is “an idea that we started talking about in Season 1. So, the clue for Season 6 is not just in the material we’re doing now; it’s from way back in Season 1.”

FX CEO John Landgraf told reporters during the TCA winter press tour at the beginning of the year that Season 6 will be “set in the present” with “echoes of the past.” Speaking with THR, Murphy then admitted he wants AHS to be like The Twilight Zone in that Season 6 will lay the groundwork for what will continue for Seasons 7, 8, and beyond.

With all that in mind, here are some theories for Season 6 to get the idea mill churning, and you can vote for which one you think is the most likely, and add your own ideas in the comments. As Joan Callamezzo would say…