As everyone reading this is no doubt well aware, the recently debuted American Horror Story season 6 spent months shrouded in a layer of secretive fog so thick that one would might have half-expected tentacled Lovecraftian monstrosities to eventually emerge from it Stephen King-style. Whatever one might think about the now dubbed American Horror Story: Roanoke so far, it’s hard to argue that this mysterious marketing push didn’t work, with season 6’s premiere earning some of the best numbers in AHS history.

That said, fans that thought the secrecy would end with Roanoke have another surprise coming. As part of a new EW cover story, AHS creator Ryan Murphy has revealed that he is currently developing a “secret season” of the FX anthology series, alongside an as yet unnamed screenwriter. According to Murphy, only he and the aforementioned writer know anything about this clandestinely prepped American Horror Story season, and the plan is to take about two years to complete the project.

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When exactly this covertly developed AHS season will premiere is unclear though, as Murphy says that plans are already in place concerning the subject matter of 2017’s season 7. For the record, FX has yet to pick up the series for anything beyond season 6, but it’s hard to imagine that they won’t end up doing so.

“I don’t know when [the secret season] will [air] but it’s also an experiment,” says Murphy. “It’s a different way of doing it. It’s one person writing all episodes. I don’t know if it’s going to work but it’s like, well, let’s try that. We might get them done and shoot them on the sly and drop it.” Ah, American Horror Story, where everything must now apparently be kept as secret as classified documents. Well, at least doing it this way keeps things interesting.

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