Warning: Spoilers follow for Roanoke’s first five episodes.
Confusion was abound when American Horror Story: Roanoke concluded its fifth episode. It seemed Shelby and Matt’s “Roanoke Nightmare” hit a definite end, making way for another to begin. The promo trailer for episode six featured AHS veteran Cheyenne Jackson, whose character produced the documentary (My Roanoke Nightmare) that brought Shelby and Matt’s story to life. The promo indicated Jackson’s character was at it again, beginning to film yet another family’s harrowing story.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (via IGN), co-creator Brad Falchuk clarified this season’s fifth episode did indeed mark the end of that particular narrative. Therefore, the next four episodes will be their own story, while episode ten is set to offer a third tale. “I really think it’s three seasons: it’s like [episodes] 1 through 5, 6 through 9, and 10 is its own thing,” Falchuk noted.
Despite this revelation, Season 6 and all of its parts will still be connected. Obviously, Cheyenne Jackson’s producer character will hold things together. However, we have to wonder if other stories and characters are to crossover in some manner. While we don’t know which part of Roanoke will be explored in the coming weeks, it may be safe to assume some of its previously shown dark secrets will make a return. Should we expect to see more of Lady Gaga’s mysterious character? Kathy Bates’ The Butcher was killed during Matt and Shelby’s final arc, but she was dead anyway… Maybe she is set to come back with even more of a violent vengeance than before.
This news additionally calls into question the actors who play the characters in the dramatic reenactment portion of the Roanoke series. Because they appeared in chapters one through five, are Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. out for the next five episodes? Or is the My Roanoke Nightmare documentary series not opposed to reusing actors? We’ll find out when the sixth episode airs Wednesday, October 12 on FX.