The ‘American Horror Story 6’ premiere and theme, explained

Since the announcement of the show’s sixth season, American Horror Storhas been playing with us.  FX dropped teaser after teaser for the new season, but only one revealed the true theme of the anthology show this year.

Astute AHS fans may remember in Season 1 there’s a reference to the American colony of Roanoke, where in 1590 all 117 people died suddenly. Their spirits lingered and haunted the Native population nearby, so an elder cast a banishment curse with the word “Croatoan.” Billie Dean Howard told that story in Season 1, and now the nightmare has returned to haunt us in Season 6, aka “My Roanoke Nightmare.” (Did you figure out which was the true teaser? Good for you!)

The show also picked up a new format this time around, resembling a true crime documentary. Two casts tell the story — the talking heads of our characters and the ones that are living out the nightmare.  Lily Rabe  is the real, present-day Shelby, and in the re-enacted timeline she’s played by Sarah Paulson. André Holland is Matt in the present, and he’s played by Cuba Gooding Jr. in the flashback (those who watched The People vs. O.J. Simpson may appreciate this particular casting choice). We also have Matt’s sister Lee, played by Adina Porter in the present and AHS fave Angela Bassett in the past.

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