It’s safe to say that American Horror Story is open to experimentation in its advanced age, whether testing out mystery formats or shortening its Roanoke run, but FX and Ryan Murphy may have been cooking up their biggest mystery right under our noses. Murphy says a “secret season” of the FX horror-drama is in the works, but what does that mean?

Murphy offered only the slightest of teases to Entertainment Weekly of a new American Horror Story project, one that’s apparently been in development for some time:

It’s my secret season. I’ve been working with a writer on a season that only he and I know. It’s like a two-year project that we’ll continue to work on the sly and not tell anybody.

Granted, there are a number of things to dissect here. For one, the brief quote makes no indication of whether said season would represent the next (or at least a future) American Horror Story theme, or rather a spinoff or adjacent project. Second, this information may not exactly be new, as FX was previously said to be considering dual seasons of American Horror Story, while Ryan Murphy has also spoken of developing two competing ideas for Season 6.

Murphy’s revelation also make no mention of a timetable for said mystery project, but might we end up with two different American Horror Story series after all? Would FX keep the same secrecy approach as the one that grated on Season 6?

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