Possible spoilers ahead! Continue at your own risk…
Ryan Murphy and FX have been uncharacteristically keeping the theme of American Horror Story tightly under wraps this year. Whereas Murphy typically tends to hype upcoming seasons, with only a month and half left before the sixth season premieres, all we have to go on is one cryptic graphic and a set of even more cryptic teasers. All we know, really, is that it will probably involve creepy children one way or another.
New photos obtained by TMZ allegedly taken at the American Horror set in Santa Clarita, California, however, may provide some insight. The photos feature a colonial-era farm as well as people dressed in pilgrim-style clothing, but perhaps the biggest clue is a photo of the word “CROATOAN” carved into a tree.
If you paid attention in school … you remember that word from the mystery of Roanoke — the 1590 North Carolina colony where 117 people vanished. The only clue was the word “CROATOAN” — a nearby Native tribe — carved into bark. There have been all kinds of creepy legends about the colony.
This wouldn’t be the first time a television series mined inspiration from the lost colony of Roanoke. A season two episode of Supernatural from back in 2006 aptly titled “Croatoan” explored the folklore as a demonic plague. It will certainly be interesting to see Ryan Murphy’s take on it.