After months of speculation, American Horror Story Season 6 Episode 1 finally revealed what the sixth season of the anthology horror series would be all about: Roanoke, a.k.a. the Lost Colony!
On the season premiere, we met our presumed main characters Shelby and Matt, a married couple who move to rural North Carolina from Los Angeles and begin to experience eerie and unnerving events in and around their new, isolated home.
The story is still shrouded in mystery, so we still don't have much idea where this story will go – but it's certainly piqued our collective interest!
Below, TV Fanatics Paul Dailly, Amanda Steinmetz, and Yana Grebenyuk react to the unique new docuseries-style format, the season theme reveal, and the scariest moments of the premiere.
What do you think of the double-casting – two actors playing the "IRL" and dramatic reenactment versions of Shelby, Matt, and Lee? Any preferences for one group over the other?
Paul: I thought it was pretty unique and made the whole thing much more engaging. All of the acting was fantastic, but I have to go with the reenactment as my favorite version of events.
Amanda: I really enjoyed it. I agree the reenactment was more interesting, but Lily Rabe was terrific as "IRL" Shelby.
Yana: It wasn't something that I expected, but it made sense since they have certain actors that need to appear, and maybe not enough roles if they just had them reenact it or tell their story. Plus it keeps us invested in both the reactions of the ''real life people'' and the actors portraying them in the reenactment.
On that note, how about that new documentary-style series format?
Paul: I liked it. I had so many thoughts in my head about what it could be, but the documentary format never crossed my mind.
Amanda: I never would have thought of the showing going the documentary route, but it makes perfect sense. I can't tell you how many haunting/supernatural documentary shows I've come across on TV.
Yana: That was definitely a shake up that no one saw coming, which is something I appreciated after so many seasons losing their edge because we knew everything before the fact. It's a new kind of approach and it really makes you feel like you are watching a different type of show, with the American Horror Story style added in.
React to the reveal of "My Roanoke Nightmare" as the theme.
Paul: I had never heard of Roanoke beforehand, but after some digging, I found that Sarah Paulson's medium character spoke about Roanoke to Violet in American Horror Story Season 1. It seems like an interesting enough concept.
Amanda: I'd learned about Roanoke in high school, and the story always weirded me out. I totally forgot about that callback to Murder House! Good catch, Paul!
Yana: I heard others talking about it, so I did look more into it before the premiere. It's interesting because it really did happen, something that got me even more invested. I love when shows explore or discuss historical mysteries like this, and with the AHS twist I expect this to be next level creepy. The fact that they had planted that idea into American Horror Story Season 1 surprised me but also now has me hoping that this new season ties in all the others more.
A few familiar faces popped up in the premiere – as both major and minor characters. Which was your favorite?
Paul: Sarah Paulson was my favorite by far. Her acting range is just outstanding, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.
Amanda: Let's be real, Sarah Paulson has always been the MVP of the series.
Yana: Adina Porter because she came out of nowhere, and I just started to freak out. Cuba Gooding JR. too because I was just watching him as O.J Simpson so I didn't have enough time to prepare to see him in this kind of role.
What was the best/scariest/otherwise most memorable moment of the premiere?
Paul: Raining teeth. What the heck was that? I was grinding my teeth just watching that scene. However, it was way too obvious that they would just disappear.
Amanda: Visually, I thought the ground moving underneath Shelby was freaky and unexpected. In terms of sound, every time Shelby was chopping something with that knife, I kept waiting for her fingers to get sliced.
Yana: Shelby running around the forest after losing her way. She literally just stepped into the woods and then couldn't find her way, something that I now fear even more. Between that and hitting Kathy Bates late at night, Shelby was living out a nightmare I didn't know I had yet.
Any preliminary guesses as to what the heck is going on?
Paul: I've got nothing. I'm very intrigued.
Amanda: I think the old-timey mob are the colonists that disappeared from Roanoke. How they disappeared? No clue!
Yana: Shelby is stumbling upon the lost colony, maybe in the woods or maybe they reside in some Stranger Things-like parallel universe that is closer than we think. At some point either she enters it or it mixes with our modern world and things will get crazy. But my biggest hope is for this season to connect to it all, to give us some more answers about how all of these time periods and characters fit together.
And now, it's your turn! What did you think of the season premiere? Hit the comments below with your responses to our round table questions!
American Horror Story Season 6 Episode 2 airs on Wednesday, September 21st at 10/9c on FX.
Caralynn Lippo is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.