American Horror Story: Plot Twist. By now, you’ve probably heard there’s something big and different happening on American Horror Story: Roanoke. Even after coming out of the gate with a fresh, docuseries-style change-up from the usual storytelling format, the showrunners continued to tease that the best was yet to come in the form of some kind of major midseason twist.
And thanks to Ryan Murphy, we now know exactly when that twist is coming — not to mention who’s coming with it. Between an exclusive interview with E! News and a dishy conference call with reporters, the AHS producer spilled a lot of beans on Tuesday, October 18, about the horror in store, the cast members we’ll see and even what he’s planning for next season. Here are the best tidbits.
Finn Wittrock Gone Wrong
American Horror Story has never exactly wanted for screwed-up characters, having featured everyone from a homicidal Santa Claus to a Nazi pornographer to Elsa Mars’ freak show full of … well, freaks. But according to Murphy, Finn Wittrock is coming back to AHS shortly, and he’ll play a role so nuts that it makes his sociopathic, tighty-whitey-wearing murder clown from “Freak Show” look cuddly.
“Finn Wittrock is coming back soon, playing his most f–ked-up character of all time. To the point where he was like, ‘This is so crazy that I don’t know that I can do it, but I’ll do it,'” Murphy confirmed. And Wittrock isn’t the only familiar face making a comeback: Taissa Farmiga will also be rejoining the cast for the first time since season 3, when she held down a major role on American Horror Story: Coven.
It’s a Whole New Show
You’ll want to keep your eyes wide open in the last 20 minutes of episode 6: According to Murphy, that’s when the show is going to throw its biggest curveball ever — and pivot into a totally new narrative in which some of our faves, including Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates, will be playing completely different characters. Exciting! Also, scary: What if this means that Paulson’s incredible, crushworthy hairdo is going away?
Evan Peters: Beyond Rouged Nipples
“Evan Peters in episode 6 is one of the greatest, most hilarious things Evan has ever done, and he loved it,” Murphy said, which means that his epic bewigged bathtub makeout in the last episode was only the beginning.
A “Coven” Connection!
If you’ve been thinking that Lady Gaga‘s witchy, woodsy character has a lot in common with the general vibe of the New Orleans tribe in the show’s third season, congratulations: You’ve spotted another piece of the puzzle that connects all the AHS seasons together. Murphy confirmed that Gaga’s horny forest witch is the first-ever Supreme, who set the tone for leadership among all of America’s best sorceresses (including the fabulous Fiona Goode).
It’s All Coming Together
Murphy has been so coy about his plans for American Horror Story in the past that this latest spate of interviews feels like the biggest jackpot ever: For one thing, he confirmed that some of the characters and mythology from “Roanoke” will be showing up next year, in a season that will also feature some familiar faces and plot lines from “Freak Show.” And if you loved the sorcery of season 3, there’s more good news: “Coven” is going to make a straight-up comeback in a future season, although not necessarily next year. A return to that magical, witchy wonderland? Yes, please!
No More Mystery Seasons
And if you’re already dying to know what’s next for American Horror Story, we’ve got good news: You won’t have to wait so long this time. The secret theme of season 6 made this one of the most buzzed-about installments of AHS in history — but that’s a gimmick they won’t be repeating, per Murphy. Instead, the season 7 theme will be announced with the usual amount of fanfare (but no guessing games or fakeout promos) in the springtime.
American Horror Story: Roanoke airs on FX Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET.
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