The Callbacks to Past Seasons
More than any other season, Roanoke pushes forward the idea that all of the show's disparate stories are connected. It's a season that's very much informed by the history of American Horror Story, and the 10-episode season seamlessly drops in Easter eggs that create a larger picture of the show's expanded universe. From the introduction of the original Supreme, Scathach, to delving into Dandy Mott's family tree to introduce Edward Mott (expertly played by Evan Peters in the My Roanoke Nightmare reenactments) and bringing Asylum's Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) back for a dramatic interview with the season's sole survivor, Lee (Adina Porter), season six brilliantly brings all of the franchise's instalments together to create a cohesive universe.
This is no simple feat for a show that spans decades and large swaths of the United States. But Roanoke pulls it off while also telling a complex story through the lens of reality and true-crime television. That alone is reason enough to respect the season's ambition, but the interconnectivity is just the beginning of Roanoke's brilliance.