American Horror Story is on to the next season after "Cult" left viewers as horrified as ever (i.e. Trump election and scary clowns). Co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy disclosed some new information about American Horror Story season 8 at a panel with cast members on April 6, Variety reported. And, ever since, more has been revealed. It’s some exciting stuff — hold on to your AHS hats, my friends. Here's what we know so far.
American Horror Story season 8 release date
We know that American Horror Story season 8 will premiere on Wednesday, September 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX, and Murphy revealed that filming began around June 16.
American Horror Story season 8 theme
Murphy confirmed earlier this year that the next season will take place in the future.
Though he didn’t reveal specifics, Murphy said that season 8 is set "18 months from today." If you do the math, that’s around October 2019 — October 6, 2019 to be exact.
And of course, fans did what they do best: they got to thinking. One fan theorized that the American Horror Story season 8 theme is connected to President Kennedy's advisory of potential nuclear war with the Soviet Union on October 6, 1961.
On July 20, the name of American Horror Story season 8 was finally confirmed: "Apocalypse."
Whether or not American Horror Story season 8 is connected to JFK, is unclear — but AHS Apocalypse will be a crossover between the Coven and Murder House seasons. This means the return of fan favorites like Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) and, perhaps, the almighty Supreme Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange). But even if we don't see Fiona, it was revealed that Lange will be returning for at least one episode as Murder House's Constance Langdon.
The Coven/Murder House AHS crossover season won't be happening next year...because it's happening THIS YEAR. AHS #8 WITCHES RULE THIS SEPTEMBER
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) June 14, 2018
Season 8 will pick up where Murder House left off, with Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) having given birth to her "devil child" — after all, the AHS promo image is pretty telling.
American Horror Story season 8 cast
At the April panel, Murphy said that returning cast members will include Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Kathy Bates (or, who I will forever know as Madame LaLaurie from AHS Coven) and Leslie Grossman.
He also revealed that Peters — who played a cult leader in the last season — will return as a "comedic" hairstylist. Joan Collins will portray his grandmother, and Anjelica Huston might make an appearance as well.
Murphy revealed in August that, besides Lange, other cast members will include "Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy and....Stevie Nicks."
Murphy announced that Cody Fern will be playing the role of Michael Langdon, Vivien's "devil child" — or, as some are calling him, the "Anti-Christ." His father is Tate Langdon. (Remember that problematic scene where Tate dressed up as the Rubber Man — whom Viven thought was her husband in costume — and raped her?)
Two guest stars will be joining the cast: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (from Lifetime's UnREAL) and Kyle Allen (from Hulu's The Path), though it's not yet clear who they will be playing on American Horror Story season 8.
Additionally, it looks like Paulson and Peters will direct an episode of American Horror Story season 8.
American Horror Story season 8 trailer
View the American Horror Story season 8 trailer below:
In more exciting news, FX has officially renewed American Horror Story for a 10th season. Let’s just hope there are no more clowns in AHS' future. Please, Murphy — if you're reading — spare us.