American Horror Story: The most shocking twist from each season

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE — Pictured: Kathy Bates as Butcher. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX /

Season 6 – Roanoke

Return to Roanoke

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Technically, the whole sixth season was a twist in itself because the theme wasn’t announced prior to the airing. Ryan Murphy kept the plot shrouded in secrecy. As a result, viewers were given a show within a show with the introduction to a paranormal documentary titled My Roanoke Nightmare. The majority of the live-action was actually the reenactment of the real-life victims who experience haunting experiences in their Roanoke home. That also meant there were two groups of cast members if you included the reenactment actors for the documentary series.

The big twist came in episode six when the show’s producer Sidney (Cheyenne Jackson) decided to pitch a follow-up series called Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell which brought together the real-life survivors and their actor counterparts. It took some convincing for the real-life victims like Shelby, Matt, and Lee but all members agreed to show up. The actors may have been doubters considering the dramatization with their experience on the documentary but they soon learned it was all true. Not only did they encounter death from that of The Butcher, the Polk family, and Scáthach, but one of the biggest threat came at the hands of each other. That house and the history surrounding it made them all go mad.