The eighth season premiere of American Horror Story is creeping up, and co-creator Ryan Murphy has been dropping breadcrumbs about what it will entail. Today, however, he shared more about who it will entail. Spoiler alert: All of your favorites are returning.
“The Coven Returns,” Murphy tweeted, along with a partial cast photo from Apocalypse. “What a thrilling night with the legend Stevie Nicks on the set of AHS.” In the picture, Nicks, returning from her memorable cameos in sesaon 3, stands alongside Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe and Emma Roberts. Meanwhile, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe and Frances Conroy stand above them. The cast reunited from their appearances back in season three, as Apocalypse is going to draw from both that season and the first one, Murder House.
Season eight will bring together the witches from The Coven, who will take on a grown up version of the demon child from the first season, now played by Cody Fern of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. The Apocalypse will be set in the future, most likely on October 6, 2019, as The Wrap points out.
The show, which has been renewed for up to 10 seasons, will be veering from its usual format as Murphy has teased. “You will see so many fan favorites return that you’ll feel like it’s The Love Boat,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a very high concept… It’s a season unlike anything we’ve done because there’s a big hook to it. There’s a huge thing that happens in episode five.”
Paulson also revealed that Kathy Bates will be joining the cast again. “My character is something I’ve never done on the show before,” she told Gold Derby. “Kathy Bates is back! I missed her so much, I’m very excited about that.”
Paulson also teased the eighth season of American Horror Story, saying, “I can confirm now that I’ve read it all that Ryan Murphy has said publicly about the hybrid nature of the tone. [It’s] a real combination of sort of earlier days of ‘Horror Story’ in tone mixed with the newer versions of things. I think he’s kind of doing something again where he’s reinventing it, and its exciting. My character is something I’ve never done on the show before.”