Someone over at FX really hates us. Or at least they like to watch us suffer. We think that someone is Ryan Murphy.
On Tuesday (August 9), FX president John Landgraf revealed that Murphy and the evil masterminds behind American Horror Story straight-up lied to us. Apparently, someone at FX thought it would be funny to keep us guessing this season, which would explain why Season 6 news has been so cagey. In doing so, FX released fake teasers for “hypothetical seasons” of AHS, focusing on “different genres and different places.” So those six creepy trailers that were previously released? Yeah, they were misdirects — all except for one, which hints at this season’s real theme.
“We just thought that would be a nice change after five years of doing things one way,” Landgraf said at the Television Critics Association panel, EW reports. This is all in an effort to #KeepTheSecrets until the Season 6 premiere on September 14.
OK. That’s a totally fine strategy. But creating fake trailers to trick fans? That’s some next-level trolling. That being said, they were wildly all over the place, so we should have noticed something suspect was going on.
As far as we know, the official Season 6 poster — you know, the one with the spiders — isn’t one of Murphy’s misdirects. Not to mention, Murphy has previously stated that “elements of children” will somehow be involved in the sixth season.
“If you look at horror tropes, the innocence of children, that sort of wide-eyed entryway into some world is always very dramatic and satisfying,” he said back in March.