Details about the forthcoming season of American Horror Story have started to trickle in thanks to executive producer Ryan Murphy. While the official theme of Season 6 has not yet been set, the maestro revealed at PaleyFest on Sunday night that the Powers That Be are currently mulling two different ideas in the writers' room.
"The interesting thing about this season is we've been working on two ideas at once, which we've never done," Murphy said at the closing night panel. "I don’t want to say what it is, but I will tell you that every darling person up here that wants to come back can come back."
Hmmm. So who were the aforementioned darling people? Cast members in attendance included Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Angela Bassett, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Cheyenne Jackson, and fan-favorite Finn Wittrock. It's been previously reported that Paulson, Bassett, and Lady Gaga are among those returning for Season 6.
Gaga confirmed the news of her return earlier this month after she took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her memorable role as the Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel. The multi-hyphenate revealed that she would return to AHS for Season 6 during a morning radio interview with Z100 New York, adding, "I can't promise you how, or when, or anything like that." (So Gaga's series regular status is still TBD.)
And what about AHS staple Evan Peters? He's been in every season of the horror anthology, so we can't imagine he'd sit this one out.
While we still know very little about the FX series's sixth installment, Murphy did confirm that Season 6 will be less opulent than its predecessor. "The next thing we're crafting up is very, very different than this,” he told EW last August. "Not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark."
As for the oft-discussed timeline, FX President John Landgraf revealed at the TCAs in January that the new season will be "set in the present [with] echoes of the past. ... It's set in two time periods."
In other words, prepare your tinfoil hats accordingly. Oh, and more of THIS, please: