[WATCH] ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ recap: Is this the best season ever?

Gold Derby senior editor Marcus James Dixon and I recently joined contributing writers Robert “Bob” Pius and Tony Ruiz to dish via webcam (watch above) how much we are enjoying “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” the latest acclaimed season of the FX horror anthology series. In particular we praise Season 6’s narrative twists, Kathy Bates‘ acting and the unpredictability of recent episodes.

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The buzz about “AHS: Roanoke” has become more and more deafening over the last few weeks, particularly after the sixth, seventh and eighth episodes aired. That’s when the show ramped up the gore and thrills, showcasing some truly memorable performances and giving audiences the kinds of unpredictable twists and turns that have left fans and critics alike gasping for more. Consensus so far suggests that not since the original 2011 “AHS: Murder House” season and its much-admired follow up “AHS: Asylum” in 2012 has “American Horror Story” been this good.

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“I am completely and utterly amazed at how original, different, unpredictable and meta this season is,” I say at the outset of our chat. “I do believe that it is even better than ‘Asylum,’ which to me has always been the pinnacle of ‘American Horror Story,’ I really do.”

“I am really embracing the meta aspect of this show,” Tony adds. “They’re doing something that I have never seen this show do before and that is surprise me. Genuinely surprise and genuinely scare me. There is an absurdity to this season that I think it gives it a different tone and it makes it so entertaining.”

Kathy Bates gives career-best performance on ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’

“I was pleasantly surprised by this season,” Marcus agrees. “They kept everything quiet, as to who was going to be in it, or what it was going to be about, so I was kind of hesitant to watch it. And it really exceeded all of my expectations.”

Bob was also impressed with the way in which “Roanoke” has surprised us thus far. “When it started, for some reason it seemed like it didn’t have as much publicity … and I think they did that consciously.”

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