New season of American Horror Story impresses with haunting sights


Kat Shambaugh

Senior Bethel Mamo screams for the new American Horror Story episode that aired on Wednesday, September 14. Tune in on September 21 for a new episode at 10 p.m.

Mackenzie Union, Reporter

The much anticipated first episode of season six of the horror television show American Horror Story (AHS) premiered on FX on Wednesday, September 14.

For months, viewers watched cryptic trailers that left fans wondering about the year’s theme. Following countless teaser posters and videos, AHS viewers remained enthusiastic for the new season. With haunting music and dramatic disconnected flashbacks, episode one, “My Roanoke Nightmare,” introduced an intriguing plot line: “The Lost Colony of Roanoke.”

“I was really excited to find out the new theme for this season. The lost colony of Roanoke terrifying a couple is an interesting concept,” avid AHS viewer and senior Andrew Gasparini said.

However, season six also presented a new format for viewers. As opposed to other seasons, episode one featured a documentary layout reminiscent of the cheesy television programs showcasing haunted houses and made-up tragedies. The documentary structure shaped accusations made by viewers: the characters shown in the documentary clearly stay alive following the events so the anticipation of death no longer permeates the show. However, director Ryan Murphy does enjoy messing with fans’ minds, so perhaps he will introduce a mysterious twist.

Episode one also mirrors Murder House, the first season. Season six’s interracial couple Shelby and Matt Miller move from the bustling city of Los Angeles to quiet North Carolina following a miscarriage and racial tension; in season one, Vivien and Ben Harmon move from Boston to Los Angeles after a miscarriage as well. Both couples settle into an odd home with frightening consequences. If season six progresses with more similarities, viewers may finally unlock the secret behind the interconnectivity of the seasons.  

Season six featured returning actors Sarah Paulson (Shelby Miller reenactor), Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe (Shelby Miller), and Angela Bassett (Lee reenactor), as well as new cast members Cuba Gooding Jr. (Matt Miller reenactor) and Andre Holland (Matt Miller). Future episodes will also showcase Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Denis O’Hare, and the star who took over for Jessica Lange last season: Lady Gaga. AHS has yet to release these actors’ roles.

Overall, season six already entrances viewers and, as usual, AHS will not disappoint.
The Chant’s Grade: A