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‘American Horror Story’: Ryan Murphy Teases The Huge Season 6 Twist, Says Actors Will Be Changing Roles

Two familiar faces are also joining the cast.

Sarah Paulson in "American Horror Story: Roanoke."

Sarah Paulson in “American Horror Story: Roanoke.”


American Horror Story: Roanoke” has been one of the most confusing, and exciting, seasons of the Ryan Murphy-created anthology series. Just when viewers thought they knew what was going on, Murphy has revealed that a major twist is coming in episode six.

Speaking with E! Online, Murphy teased that a “huge bomb” will drop at the end of the third act.

“The thing I love about episode six as you are watching it is that we drop a huge bomb at the end of the third act, where you kind of are in disbelief at what the chyron on the screen is saying. And then that takes you into another world and the stakes are really, really, really high,” he explained. “This season has been all about redoing the narrative of what we’ve always done. I think it’s always been a sort of straight-forward version of storytelling. And what happened with this season, which is really broken into two halves, one through five, which everybody has hopefully seen, and then six through 10. And it’s a completely different show. It’s a completely different narrative form. Things that you thought to be true about people are revealed to not be true. And it was exciting to work on, because it was like working on two shows at once. The big twist of episode six takes you into a complete other world.”

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When asked if the actors were told about the upcoming changes before they started filming, he replied: “No. I had to call up Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates. We didn’t tell them [the twist] this year. So we had them thinking this idea that they were playing one thing through the whole year, and right around the time we started shooting episode four, I called them up and I said, ‘OK, I didn’t want to tell you this, but it will be revealed that you’re actually something completely different than what the audience thought you were.’ And they all loved that challenge.”

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Season 6 will also see the return of two very special actors. Finn Wittrock will be “playing his most f–ked-up character of all time,” according to Murphy. Taissa Farmiga is also coming back for the first time ever since “Coven.”

“We’re very excited—she’s a part of our world and always will be, and I always wanted her to come back,” he said.

Fans will also get to see more of Evan Peters in upcoming episode, “He’s a very big, pivotal part of episode six, playing a completely different character than what we’ve seen him play. Evan is just the best, I love him.”

“American Horror Story: Roanoke” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

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