Mileage may vary as to which American Horror Story season proved the strongest, though we’ve at least grown accustomed to their yearly Halloween presence. That is, until series creator Ryan Murphy crafts his scariest move of all, potentially placing two separate fall and spring seasons of American Horror Story in 2016.

Take this one with a grain of salt for now, as Murphy doesn’t quite control FX’s American Horror Story output (yet), but the former Glee creator tells Entertainment Weekly that two different sets of writers have begun work on the Hotel followup. Should the writers come up with two disparate ideas, well …

Next year we might do a fall American Horror Story and a spring. We have to decide. We’re doing something that we’ve never done before on the show where we’re doing two different groups of writers rooms. Some of our writers will be bouncing around but a whole different group coming in late August. The next thing we’re crafting up is very, very different than this. Not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark.

More rogue, and more dark, you say? It stretches the imagination to think of American Horror Story without a certain camp charm, but could a second season in a single year boost the franchise overall? Might Murphy simply break a larger season order into two chunks, or go the spinoff route, as we’ve thought before?

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on October 7, and you can check out the latest details here.

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