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American Horror Story's sixth entry subtitled "Roanoke" premiered on FX on September 14, 2016.

The season was nominated for four Emmy Awards, winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special.


After a disturbing incident, a young couple (Lily Rabe and André Holland) move into a seemingly perfect home built in the 18th century in the woods of North Carolina. However, the building turns out to be in close proximity to the site of the legendary Lost Colony's disappearance, and as horrific supernatural events occur at the house, the couple start to sense something dark underneath the facade.

Cast and Characters[]

Main Characters


Episode # Premiere Writer(s) Director
Chapter 1 1 September 14, 2016 Ryan Murphy · Brad Falchuk Bradley Buecker
Chapter 2 2 September 21, 2016 Tim Minear Michael Goi
Chapter 3 3 September 28, 2016 James Wong Jennifer Lynch
Chapter 4 4 October 5, 2016 John J. Gray Marita Grabiak
Chapter 5 5 October 12, 2016 Akela Cooper Nelson Cragg
Chapter 6 6 2016-10-19 Ned Martel Angela Bassett
Chapter 7 7 2016-10-26 Crystal Liu Elodie Keene
Chapter 8 8 2016-11-2 Todd Kubrak Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Chapter 9 9 2016-11-9 Tim Minear Alexis Korycinski
Chapter 10 10 November 16, 2016 Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Bradley Buecker


In August 2015, co-creator Ryan Murphy stated "The next thing we're crafting up is very very different than Hotel, not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark." [1]

In January 2016, FX president John Landgraf revealed that the season will be "principally set in the present", with a dual timeline in "echoes of the past". He also confirmed a fall 2016 premiere.[2]

In a late September issue of Entertainment Weekly, Falchuk and Murphy revealed there would be a major twist coming to the series in "Chapter 6".[3] The number "6" features in many teasers and posters as a clue, often shaped as a question mark.

Murphy confirmed the turn in the season being a behind-the-camera look at the production of the faux documentary “My Roanoke Nightmare”.[4]

AHS: Roanoke links all the seasons of the show together, therefore officially declaring a shared universe. It is also the first season to completely switch around the format of the show, which is a history channel-esque TV mockumentary combined with found footage.


Lady Gaga confirmed her involvement in March 2016.[5]

At PaleyFest 2016, Murphy invited AHS Repertory Company: Kathy Bates, Denis O'Hare, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, and Matt Bomer to return to the show for its sixth installment. Matt Bomer, however, was no longer involved when production started. [6] Emma Roberts, originally attached to the project, renounced due to conflicting schedule.

Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, Adina Porter later confirmed their participation. Porter already worked in the first season as minor character Sally Freeman.

Cuba Gooding, Jr., star of FX The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story joined the cast in a major role linked to Sarah Paulson's character. [7]



  1. Stack, Tim (August 27, 2015). "There could be TWO seasons of American Horror Story in 2016". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. Ausiello, Michael (January 16, 2016)). "American Horror Story Season 6 (Dual) Time Frame Revealed". TVLine.
  3. Stack, Tim (September 22, 2016)). "American Horror Story: Roanoke exclusive: There's a huge twist coming soon". Entertainment Weekly..
  4. Ausiello, Michael (October 18, 2016)). "American Horror Story: Ryan Murphy Reveals Roanoke Twist, Hints at Next Season's Freak Show Tie-In". TVLine.
  5. "Lady Gaga confirms she'll be back for American Horror Story Season 6". MTV News (March 4, 2016).
  6. Grant, Stacey (11/10/16). "Where Is Matt Bomer in American Horror Story: Roanoke". MTV News.
  7. Harris, Ricki (September 9, 2016). "Cuba Gooding Jr. on His Small Screen Resurgence".. ABC News.