American Horror Story: Roanoke has been shrouded in mystery, intentionally, but that's about to change.
In the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly featuring AHS, American Crime Story, Scream Queens and Feud mastermind Ryan Murphy on the cover, the Emmy-winning TV guru spilled the beans on some key points about what's ahead in the sixth season of the FX hit.
"I was just sort of bored, and I wanted to reinvent the form," Murphy said of the new reality TV-esque style of the new season featuring My Roanoke Nightmare, a fictional reenactment show. There won't be super-sized episodes. It's stripped down.
The villains this year, including Kathy Bates' the Butcher and her son Ambrose (Wes Bentley) will be joined by Piggy Man—a figure discussed during the first season of American Horror Story—and the nurses. And then there's the American Horror Story: Freak Show connection. Viewers will learn the origins of Dandy Mott's (Finn Wittrock) family and their ties to Roanoke.
If you've felt the ick factor wasn't really up to par to seasons past, take note: "If you ever wanted to see how you do a human disemboweling, watch episode four and you'll learn a lot," Murphy told EW.
If that weren't enough, get this: everything is about to change.
"Starting in episode six the show has a huge turn, and the thing that you think you're watching is not what you're watching," Murphy teased.
As for future seasons, while it has yet to be officially renewed, Murphy said he's got irons in the fire—a concept for season seven and he's already been working on season eight with a writer.
"It's my secret season," he said. "I've been working with a writer on a season that only he and I know." Murphy noted he doesn't know when it will air and he's been working on it on the sly. "It's one person writing all episodes. The whole show has been a great joy to me because it's an experiment."
American Horror Story: Roanoke airs Wednesdays, 10 p.m. on FX.