'American Horror Story' Season 8: Theme, Release Date, Cast, Trailer And Everything You Need To Know

6 January 2018, 11:41

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Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

When will it air? Who will be in the cast? WHAT WILL THE THEME BE?

Roll up, roll up... production may not have even started yet on American Horror Story season 8 just yet but we do know a little bit of information regarding the cast and the potential theme. So far, there's ONE confirmed AHS actor that has been added to the cast of the eight season and honestly, it's the best news ever. 

Who is it? Brace yourselves... 


It's Sarah Paulson! Can you believe it?! Sarah Paulson, who was in all seven seasons, is going to be in ANOTHER season. We are blessed. No but seriously, we ARE blessed. At this point, can you even imagine a season of this show without Sarah in it? No, is the short answer. And we don't want to either.

So, now we have our first confirmed cast member of the season, what else do we know about the season?

What will the theme be?

While there has been no concrete theme announced yet, the show will take place in the future. Ryan Murphy, speaking at the 2018 TCAs, gave no further details but did manage to slip into the conversation that it WOULD NOT BE SET IN SPACE. Murphy teased, “All I’ll say about it is I want to go to the future — still topical, but the future, which I’ve never done. I pitched it to [FX chief] John Landgraf today right after his TCA panel, and he loved it, but he’s asked me not to say what it is. 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 has stated that season eight will NOT have a mystery theme like Roanoke did. He has also stated that the audience will get to see the character and storyline connections "explode in seasons seven and eight," linking everything together in much more intricate way. We saw almost no connections to other seasons in AHS: Cult so whether his statement still rings true, we do not know. 

Sarah Paulson also told Entertainment Weekly that Ryan Murphy already has a number of ideas in mind but hasn't officially decided yet: "I hope it’s the one I hope it is; let’s put I that way. I’ve heard more than one idea and there’s one in particular I really hope lands."

The season will NOT be the Murder House/Coven crossover season. That will be the theme for season 9.

When will season eight be released?

When discussing the earlier air date for AHS: Cult, Murphy revealed that he wanted the future seasons to wrap up before the holiday season 'cause he doesn't "want blood with [his] Christmas ornaments.” So, unless scheduling conflicts or a change of heart pushes the show back, we could be looking at another early September air date.

Who else will be in the cast?

The cast for AHS: Cult was VERY different to the classic roster for AHS. There's been a handful of big names that were noticeably absent from the season and a bunch of new faces that we've now come to know and love but who will be returning?

According to an interview with Ad Week, the iconic Sarah Paulson will be returning for the already renewed eighth season of AHS. So far, she is the only confirmed cast member. For the first time in AHS history, Evan Peters might not be part of the show... because he's busy working on another Ryan Murphy project, Pose.

"I mean, Sarah Paulson has done two shows for me that were shooting at the same time. Usually, with the actors, I think of a role and then go to them and they either want to do it or not, so I haven’t even talked to Evan about what the role might be, but I would hope so. I think so,” Murphy said about the possible clash.

Is there a trailer for season 8 yet?

Not yet. But we'll let you know when it drops.