If there's one season I love the most, it's American Horror Story Spoiler Season. Over the last few months, we've been getting vague clues from creator Ryan Murphy over what American Horror Story's Season 6 theme will be, who will be rejoining the cast, and even hints at whether the next season will link into one of the preexisting seasons. Now that we've been gifted with a series of very tantalizing teasers, we're able to kick the speculation into high gear in the time leading up to the September season premiere. Thanks to TMZ, we now know that a portion of American Horror Story Season 6 will take place in Roanoke, North Carolina, during the 16th century.If you've never heard of the Roanoke Colony before, buckle up. It's about to get very creepy.
The Season 6 teasers have been especially scary: stapled craniums, millipedes, alien shadow humans with glowing eyes and an ominous nursery mobile all feature prominently. We already know concretely that this upcoming season will feature children and span two different time periods, but now we can confirm what one of those time periods will be thanks to these new TMZ photos. Photos from the set in Santa Clarita, California include an of-the-era farmhouse and a tree, with the word "CROATOAN" carved into the trunk. Get ready for a doozy of a legend.
As the story goes, in 1587, the Roanoke Colony was founded by English settlers coming to the New World (AKA America, whaddup) to create the first permanent settlement for them. Along with leader John White, more than 100 men, women, and children settled in one of the many barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. When the colony ran out of supplies, White sailed back to England to restock, but an ongoing war between England and Spain delayed his trip for three years. By the time White returned in 1590, there was no trace of the colony save for the word "CROATOAN" carved into a piece of wood. Among those lost were White's own family, including the first person born to English parents in the New World, White's granddaughter, Virginia Dare.
While history tells us that the colony may have scattered for historically normal reasons (e.g. threats of attack from the Spanish, wars with the local Native American tribes, famine, etc.), you can bet your boots Ryan Murphy and the American Horror Story team will not be taking the traditional route. If I were a betting woman, I'd say that, considering children will figure heavily into the plot, perhaps Virginia Dare will be making an appearance in a ghostly childlike form? That, and the fact that we have a modern-day farmhouse in the teasers as well as the 16th century farmhouse, might be another way the two time periods connect?
All spookiness aside, the mysterious disappearance of the members of the Roanoke Colony is nothing short of perfectly ripe material for the next season of American Horror Story. I can't wait to see how it all comes together.