By their very nature, anthology TV series tend to be hit or miss, and despite being one of FX's flagship dramas, American Horror Story is no exception to the rule. While each season seems to have its share of fans, some have certainly gone over better than others with audiences. Still, this unpredictability and constant genre-shifting also makes AHS one of the most intriguing shows on the air, as each season brings viewers new characters, new settings, and new stories, all filtered through creator Ryan Murphy's twisted sensibilities.
Those not so patiently looking forward to AHS season 6 will be pleased to know that FX has now announced a premiere date, and it's sooner than one would logically expect.
American Horror Story season 6 will premiere on September 14th, nearly a full month before the series usually debuts new seasons. Beginning with 2011's inaugural Murder House season, each AHS installment to date has premiered in early to mid October, as seems appropriate considering that Halloween festivities usually play a role in at least one of each season's episodes. FX has offered no reason for the bump up on the schedule, although it does serve to align AHS' return with the traditional start of the broadcast season.
It'll be interesting to see if this earlier start means that FX has decided to eliminate the month-long end of year hiatus that fans usually have to endure before the final three episodes of a season are aired. Of course, while it's nice to know the premiere date for AHS, that's about all anyone outside of the show's cast and crew knows about season 6. As is Murphy's usual modus operandi, no plot details for the new season have been made available as of yet, with fans having to decipher cryptic clues in the hopes of figuring out what's to come.
FX president John Landgraf previously said that season 6 will be "set in the present" with "echoes from the past," but that description could conceivably apply to every season of AHS, since the series has a known penchant for flashback sequences that delve into character backstories. Previous rumors have suggested that season 6 might take place at a summer camp, or that internet boogeyman Slender Man might be involved somehow, but both scenarios remain pure speculation at this point.
If nothing else, fans do know that American Horror Story's large stable of returning cast members will likely be out in force, with Lady Gaga, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Finn Wittrock, Wes Bentley, Denis O'Hare, Kathy Bates, and Matt Bomer all either having been officially confirmed as coming back or having publicly hinted that they would be doing so. Sadly, former AHS leading lady Jessica Lange seems to be sticking by her decision to leave after Freak Show.
No matter which creative direction Murphy and company choose to take their talented cast down this season, it seems a safe bet that lots of bloody deaths, trippy dream sequences, and boundary-pushing sex scenes will once again be on the menu.
American Horror Story season 6 premieres September 14, 2016 on FX.