Ryan Murphy revealed he's already working on another season of the hit FX anthology that will be even more mysterious than Roanoke.
"I don't know when it will [air] but it's also an experiment. It's a different way of doing it. It's one person writing all episodes. I don't know if it's going to work but it's like, well, let's try that. We might get them done and shoot them on the sly and drop it," Murphy told Entertainment Weekly.
So far, the only two people to know about the season are Murphy and the unknown writer who's penning all the episodes. "It's like a 2-year-project that we'll continue to work on the sly and not tell anyone," the AHS co-creator teased.
This is the latest way Murphy is bucking precedent with American Horror Story. For its current season, Roanoke, FX kept the theme completely under wraps until the premiere, even releasing fake teasers to throw viewers off the scent. And when Roanoke finally did make it to air, many viewers were shocked to see the season was being formatted as a fake documentary series, complete with straight-to-camera interviews and dramatic reenactments.
Earlier this year, when the concept for Season 6 was still in development, Murphy told the audience at PaleyFest that "we've been working on two ideas at once." It's unclear if the second idea has been incorporated into Roanoke - it could be the big twist Murphy teased was coming in Episode 6 - or if that might be the germ of his new "secret season," which could feasibly premiere as early as January 2017.
FX moved the debut of Roanoke from October to mid-September, meaning Season 6 will be wrapped up ahead of winter holidays. This could be due to the fact that FX and Murphy have decided to move forward with their previously discussed plan to drop two seasons of Horror Story in one year... They just might not tell us when.