What Does Roanoke Mean? 'American Horror Story' Season 6 May Be Combining Fact With Fiction

After months and months of speculation and theorizing, the theme of American Horror Story Season 6 has finally been revealed, though, I think it's safe to say none of us expected things to turn out quite this way. Serving as a "documentary" called My Roanoke Nightmare, the premiere episode kicks off with a couple, Matt and Shelby, who move to North Carolina in an attempt to start over from their traumatic past. Sounds pretty normal right? It was until the farmhouse they buy becomes even creepier than Murder House, which I thought would be impossible. But why, then, is it called My Roanoke Nightmare? What does Roanoke even mean, you may find yourself asking? That's a very good question, actually, and could prove to be very important as the season progresses.

Roanoke is actually a real place called Roanoke Island, which exists on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and was named after the Roanoke Carolina Algonquian people who lived the area in the 16th century. And it's there that the English settlement later known as the Lost Colony would disappear without a trace in 1590. To this day, no one can seem to figure out how these people just up and vanished, which is what makes Season 6's theme all the more exciting. Because now that Matt and Shelby have taken up residence in that area, I have feeling they're about to witness firsthand either a supernatural form of the Lost Colony themselves or the thing that caused their mysterious disappearance in the first place.

Either way, I'm very curious to see what direction this storyline is going to take. It's certainly the most frightening season of AHS right off the bat. (Seriously, I lost count of how many times I jumped in my chair throughout the hour.) Maybe by the end of the season, viewers will have new theories as to what could've happened in this eerie location all those years ago. Because while the whole raining human teeth thing was (probably) fictional, the site itself is very, very real and could prove to be just as terrifying as anything else Ryan Murphy can come up with.

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