The highly anticipated premiere of American Horror Story’s season 6 mystery theme has finally been revealed, but it didn’t leave us without questions.
The season is taking on a pseudo-documentary style to tell the story of a couple’s “Roanoke nightmare.”
While the show follows two characters, Shelby and Matt Miller, and the horrors that occurred after moving into an old house in woods, four different actors portray Shelby and Matt, which at first was very confusing to follow.
AHS alumni Lily Rabe and Sarah Paulson, along with AHS newcomers Andre Holland and Cuba Gooding Jr. all play the couple struggling through the haunting. Rabe and Holland assume the roles of Shelby and Matt, telling their story to the camera documentary style. Meanwhile, Paulson and Gooding play reenactment actors for the very same actors who are acting as Shelby and Matt. Confusing right? It took about a quarter of the episode to figure out exactly what was happening, but once the realization hit, the concept is actually very cool.
This season already sticks out from the rest because of the change in format. Hopefully this is a good sign that the show will go back to its binge-worthy roots, in comparison to the last two seasons, which fans weren’t too crazy about.
One episode in and I already want to know more about Shelby and Matt’s story. One thing we do know is that if they are able to tell the story, that means they never died, right? Or are the writers going to figure out some way to mess with our heads? Either way, I was on the edge of my seat the whole episode.
Other AHS cast favorites that have already returned this season include Angela Bassett, who plays the reenacting actress of Matt Miller’s sister Lee, as well as Kathy Bates, who doesn’t have a name yet, but plays a creepy trolling around the woods. But the real question is, WHERE IS LADY GAGA, the queen herself, who won a Golden Globe for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel ???
There were plenty of scary moments that filled episode one, including a hailstorm of human teeth, disappearing people attempting to drown Shelby in a hot tub, a group of crazy rednecks that tried breaking into the house when Shelby was home alone and murdered pigs left on the Millers’ lawn.
All the horror events tend to happen when Matt’s character is away on business, which begins to paint Shelby as a crazy girl that could just be suffering from exhaustion or stress. A lot of these themes are reminiscent of AHS’s first season “Murder House,” which could be a great move to bring back viewers that lost interest after the shows disappointing season 4, American Horror Story: Freakshow.
Premiere viewership numbers peaked for season 4 and have now dropped by almost a million viewers, according to TV by the Numbers, to season 6’s opening.
Overall, the premiere of “My Roanoke Nightmare” has me excited to tune in for the rest of the season, and I have high expectations that American Horror Story will bring back lost fans and continue satisfying those who have stuck around.
American Horror Story: Roanoke continues Wednesday at 10 p.m. on FX.