‘American Horror Story’ season 8 ‘Apocalypse’

The show is officially coming back for an eighth series

Each year, American Horror Story is one of the most anticipated TV series around, with fans eager to find out what twisted madness the show’s creators will serve up next. Expect that to be no different with season eight, especially following Cult – a season rooted in the most realistic form of fear in the show’s history. Here’s everything we know about the next series so far.

  • First full-length trailer has been released
  • Murder House stars Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott reportedly set to appear in Apocalypse
  • Ryan Murphy Tweets cast photo of Stevie Nicks reuniting with The Coven
  • Angela Bassett has revealed that she doesn’t understand why she’s been left out of season 8
  • Kathy Bates reveals that she didn’t know the “satanist” direction her character was heading in

When is American Horror Story season 8 out?

In past interviews, creator Ryan Murphy has spoken about wanting to wrap up series before the holiday season because he “doesn’t want blood with [his] Christmas ornaments”, and traditionally the show premieres in September. That has now been confirmed to be the case again with American Horror Story season 8 set to air on September 12 in the US.

A UK air date has now been confirmed too and British fans will have to wait a little longer for the new series. Apocalypse will premiere in the UK on September 27, two weeks after the US premiere. It will be broadcast at 10pm on that date on FOX.

What’s the title?

The title has been revealed as being called ‘Apocalypse’. Fans originally thought it might be known as American Horror Story: Radioactive, because that has been tradmarked.

What’s the theme?

Back in July, Murphy posted a screenshot of an Instagram note listing the nine circles of hell. Next to seven of the circles were corresponding series of AHS. The only two left, without series attached to them, were lust and violence. So it seems likely season eight will be centred around one of those two deadly sins.

Creator Ryan Murphy teased the theme at the Television Critics Association press tour, saying it made the head of FX fall “out of his chair”. 

“I pitched it to [FX boss] John Landgraf today right after his TCA panel, and he loved it, but he’s asked me not to say what it is,” he said of the theme. “I told him and he fell out of his chair with joy. I think people will like it, it’s different from what we’ve done before, but I always try and do the opposite of what I’ve done on that show.”

Murphy also revealed the next series won’t be set in the past or the present. “All I’ll say about it is I want to go to the future – still topical, but the future, which I’ve never done.” He added that that did not mean the show would be set in space, as Entertainment Weekly reports. At an Emmys panel, Murphy told fans the series would be set “18 months from today” (April 6). He also suggested they should look up what might be happening around that time.

As for tone, he also compared it to two previous runs of the show, saying: “It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season. We’re sort of getting back to Asylum and Coven. It’s that tone. That’s the tone of it.”

At Comic Con in July, the artwork was revealed which clearly showed some sort of devil child. Fans think this means it could be a continuation of series 1 and Michael Langdon, the antichrist, could be returning to mark the end of days.

Have we seen a trailer?

Yes. The first full-length trailer for the new season has now been released, expanding on some of the scenes shown in previous teasers. A group of characters are taken to Outpost, presumably the coven’s new home. There, Sarah Paulson tells them the “simple” house rules.

“You may never leave the building due to the danger of radiation contamination,” she says. “And no unauthorised copulation – no exceptions.” Watch the trailer below.

A promo for the show also gave in-depth look at the new season. “It’s the end of the world,” it begins before revealing that the characters of Season 1’s Murder House and Season 3’s Coven will be “colliding.”

It shows Evan Peters and Joan Collins on a plane, experiencing turbulence before seemingly crashing. There’s flashes of Michael Langdon, the now grown-up demon-child (played by Cody Fern), with cameos from iconic characters like the Rubber Man, Myrtle Snow and Jessica Lange’s Murder House character, Constance Langdon.

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