“American Horror Story” creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy let out a few clues to the show’s upcoming season, including saying that “elements of children” will be involved in season six. Murphy kept most of the details quiet, but revealed a few nuggets during an appearance at PaleyFest celebrating season five, “Hotel.”
“If you look at horror tropes, the innocence of children, that sort of wide-eyed entryway into some world, is always very dramatic and satisfying,” E! News quotes Murphy saying.
The only confirmed returning cast members are Lady Gaga and Angela Bassett. But Murphy told the PaleyFest crowd that all of the panelists on hand were invited to return if they wanted to. Along with Bassett, the panel included Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer, Finn Wittrock, Cheyenne Jackson and Wes Bentley.
“Rumors swirled ‘AHS’ would be taking on Slender Man, the Internet meme about a supernatural character said to stalk and abduct children, but E! News has confirmed that’s not happening,” the report notes.
The Huffington Post notes that Murphy currently has two themes in the pipeline. The report quotes Murphy saying: “Both things that we’re writing right now, we haven’t yet declared the winner, will have a different form than we’ve ever done, so we’re excited about that. We’ll talk about it soon, but we haven’t landed on it.”
Murphy let it slip that both of the contending themes involve children, the story reports, adding that creepy kids were a big part of season five. “Perhaps we’ll see those blond bloodsuckers again when Season 6 rolls around,” the report notes.
Season six will be shot in Los Angeles, as was season five, Deadline.com reports. Deadline notes that Murphy has made it a tradition to unveil tidbits about the upcoming season at PaleyFest.
“Two years ago, he trotted Michael Chiklis on stage, revealing that he’d play the muscle-man on Season 4’s ‘Freak Show,'” Deadline reports. “Last year at PaleyFest, ‘AHS’ icon Jessica Lange declared that ‘she was done,’ while Bomer was announced as an addition to ‘Hotel.'”