Aug 22 2018
American Horror Story: Cult wrapped up last November, and since then there’s been very little information about season eight, which was announced all the way back in January 2017. Ryan Murphy has said that he won’t keep the theme a mystery as he did with Roanoke in season six, but thus far he’s only handed out a few bread crumbs about the Cult follow-up. Here, everything we know so far about season eight.
2. It is not called Radioactive, but is called Apocalypse. The past few seasons of AHS have stayed relatively mysterious until they premiered, and season eight is so far no different. Though internet sleuths discovered that a trademark was filed for American Horror Story: Radioactive and became convinced that the new season would be named as such, in July, FX announced that season eight is officially called Apocalypse.
3. It’s set in the future. While some rumors place the setting of the new season in 2032, Ryan Murphy said in April that it would be set “18 months from today,” so in October 2019. “It’s still topical, but [set in] the future, which I’ve never done,” he said. “I think people will like it. It’s different from what we’ve done before.” Theorists have noted that Oct. 6, 2019 marks the 58th anniversary of a speech by JFK telling Americans to build nuclear bomb shelters, which would track with the alleged “radioactive” theme. Ryan has also said that it will be more fantasy-based than the show’s previous two seasons. “It’s heightened,” he said in April. “It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season. We’re sort of getting back to Asylum, and Coven. That’s the tone of it.”
4. Kathy Bates will be back. After star turns in Coven, Freak Show, Hotel, and Roanoke, Kathy had to sit out Cult due to her commitment to her Netflix show Disjointed, but Ryan Murphy has confirmed that she’ll be back for season eight and that she’s one of the leads. I hope she gets to yell “LIIIIIIIES” again.
5. MVPs Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will also be back. Sarah and Evan have lead roles, per Ryan Murphy, and Evan will be a hairstylist. Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, Billy Eichner, and Leslie Grossman will be back too.
6. Dame. Joan. Collins. Ryan Murphy confirmed in April that the iconic Dynasty actress will join the cast in season eight, though of course has not given hints as to what she’ll be doing besides being Evan Peters’s grandmother. Does it even matter, though? She’s Joan Collins.
7. It’s not the Coven/Murder House crossover season. Ryan Murphy has previously discussed doing a future AHS season that’s a crossover between seasons one and three, but has said that it won’t be season eight due to certain players’ scheduling commitments. (Just speculating here, but he could be referring to Murder House‘s Connie Britton and Coven‘s Angela Bassett, who are currently busy starring on 9-1-1, another Ryan Murphy show.)
8. Wait, just kidding, it is the Coven/Murder House crossover season. In June, Ryan tweeted that the next season of AHS would be the promised mashup of seasons one and three, and said that it would begin airing in September 2018. Also of note: Connie Britton is no longer attached to 9-1-1, which means she could be free to return as her Murder House character Vivien Harmon (who died, but this show loves ghosts, so that doesn’t really matter).
9. Remember the Harmon baby? He’s all grown up — and he’s back. In July, Ryan Murphy announced that Cody Fern will reprise his role as Michael Langdon in Apocalypse.
Viewers first met Michael at the end of Murder House, when Vivien gave birth to a child fathered by a ghost. Does that mean this season is about the apocalypse brought on by that devil baby? Is the devil baby in the promo image supposed to be Michael? And what’s he been doing this whole time? I don’t know, but I’ll tell you what: I love devil babies.
10. Jessica Lange is coming back. Jessica hasn’t appeared on the show since season four, Freak Show, so if you’ve been missing Constance Langdon, Fiona Goode, Sister Jude, or Elsa Mars, then you’re in luck. During a TCA event in August, Sarah Paulson said that Jessica would return as Constance.
11. (Re) meet the coven. Yes, that is Stevie Nicks.
12. In addition to Cordelia Goode and Billie Dean Howard, Sarah Paulson will take on the role of a third character this season: Venable. On Aug. 22, FX released this teaser of Venable turning a raffle basket. “Now is your chance to be one of the few remaining. This is your chance to survive. We’ll find you soon,” she says. The teaser also introduced fans to a new site, thebeginningisnear.tv.
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