By Claire Elise Stephens, Larry King Now
American Horror Story made its annual panel appearance at TV festival PaleyFest LA this week, with Sarah Paulson, Denis O'Hare, Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer, Finn Wittrock, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, and Angela Bassett in attendance.
Who attended was more important than just a star-studded moment for fans, though. Co-creator Ryan Murphy offered a place in the new season to the entire panel, saying "Every darling person up here that wants to come back can come back."
Although Murphy didn't announce the theme of the next season, he did mention there are two ideas in the running that will be decided on soon, and that both include "elements of children."
"If you look at horror tropes, the innocence of children, that sort of wide-eyed entryway into some world is always very dramatic and satisfying," said Murphy. Even Wes Bentley, whose starred in season five, said the AHS: Hotel scripts gave him nightmares.
“The interesting thing about this season is we’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done,” Murphy said. “So I don’t want to say what it maybe is…. Both things that we’re writing right now – we haven’t declared a winner – will have a different form, so we’re excited about that. We’ll talk about it soon, but we haven’t landed on it yet.”
Though there were rumors that season six would be about internet meme Slender Man, sources have denied it, instead saying that the new season is an idea that's been hinted at in previous seasons. Murphy even started spilling details to cast members about who'd they'd play in season 6 after Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe, claiming he'd had "too much to drink."
Check out Angela Bassett discussing season six, the success of the show, and how history, theatricality, cultural commentary, and the over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek elements of the show mix together.
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