American Horror Story: Ryan Murphy Reveals Roanoke Twist, Hints at Next Season's Freak Show Tie-In

Michael Ausiello

Ryan Murphy promised a twist. And a twist you will get.

As previously teased, this week’s American Horror Story: Roanoke changes the Season 6 game big-time when the focus shifts to My Roanoke Nightmare‘s behind-the-scenes players, including Cheyenne Jackson‘s producer character on the show-within-the-show.

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In a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Murphy previewed the second half of AHS‘ current edition, beginning with this Wednesday’s episode (FX, 10/9c). What follows are the key takeaways:

* Beginning this week, “Something happens where half the cast is revealed to be doing something completely different than you’ve seen in the first five [episodes],” Murphy revealed, adding, “You realize what you’ve been watching with some of the characters is not [who] they are. [The actors] had to do a mad scramble to find new voices and accents. It is a big turn. It’s the biggest plot twist we’ve ever done with the show. And there’s a startling announcement in Act 3 that resets the season up until Episode 10.”

* AHS vets Taissa Farmiga and Finn Wittrock will be back later this season in unspecified roles.

* Murphy confirmed that Gaga’s Coven-infused persona is, in fact, the Original Supreme, adding that he plans to bring the character back in a future AHS season that will “return to Coven.”

* The plot of next season’s AHS will not be shrouded in secrecy the way Season 6’s was. “We’re going to announce [the premise] in the spring,” said Murphy. “We’re not doing a secrecy thing, but [next season] does have a big hook behind it.” And, according to Murphy, it involves several Freak Show characters.

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