Over the past year, we’ve done a bunch of speculating regarding where Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will take “American Horror Story” fans next. As confirmed by FX CEO John Landgraf at Tuesday’s (Aug. 9) TCA panel, the network will not be announcing the theme for Season 6 of the genre favorite.
Enjoying the load of theories bubbling up all over the Internet, Landgraf proceeded to drop a bombshell on fans — of the six teasers released for the new season, only one is real. Let that sink in for a second. Instead of giving us a clue on the upcoming story that will play out in two time periods, the folks at FX are enjoying toying with the viewers’ emotions.
Needless to say, this announcement has sparked an even bigger effort on our part at this ongoing guessing game. Let’s narrow the prospects down, shall we?
Hitting the top of our lists as one big red herring is this promo right here. Not only does it look like it was cobbled together very quickly, the image of the house in the distant field with chainsaw sounds sound like a straight reference to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
While we have nothing but love for Tobe Hooper’s classic horror film, there’s no real connection to anything “AHS” related here.
Feeling like something out of “The Hills Have Eyes,” we have to deliver the same line of thinking here as with the above “What’s Cooking” promo. Easily cobbled together with no real identifier to any sort of plot, the visuals here could lead somewhere. Just nowhere near Season 6 of “American Horror Story.”
Hey look, someone is running downstairs to something, from … something. The hands that reach out from under the steps feel like an homage to Wes Craven’s “The People Under the Stairs.” And for “The Descent,” that feels like the extent of this clip’s relevance.
Still in the running:
The clear visual of a demon baby reaching for a mobile comprised of sharp weapons not only falls in-line with the “American Horror Story” canon, but “Lullaby” brings to mind the notion of the Antichrist angle we keep speculating on for the new season.
Take a close look at that creepy mobile. We’ll revisit this in a little bit.
“Milli Crossing” shows a millipede crawling down a young, green-eyed girl’s face. Again, creepy children are Ryan Murphy’s thing.
“Try to keep it dry,” are the words heard after an unidentified man gets “?6” stapled into his head. The visual in “Post Op” is jarring, even if it’s just shown for mere seconds. The movement of the man’s hand and his whimpering tone tell a very painful story. If ever there was a teaser that took us back to “Asylum,” this would be it.
So now that we’ve narrowed the pickings down to three, let’s go over what we know so far about Season 6.
- It’ll take place during two time periods.
- The story will involve children in some way.
- The Lost Colony of Roanoke will play a part.
When you take these details into account — with the notion that they’d be referenced in some way in one of the videos above — the choice is abundantly clear. Only one Season 6 teaser gives reference to two time periods, children and the “Croatoan” mystery behind the Roanoke Colony.
Without further ado … the real promo has got to be “Lullaby.”
Not only does this video back up our speculation on an Antichrist theme, but the demon baby is grabbing at what looks like colonial tools hanging from a rusted gear. That right there crosses the two time periods detail and the Lost Colony theme off our checklist.
Are we onto something? We hope so. And if we are, how will these details play out? Thankfully, we have a little over a month before we find out.
“American Horror Story” Season 6 premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.