American Horror Story season 10: Theme, cast, release date and spoilers
10 January 2020, 09:44 | Updated: 10 January 2020, 09:46
American Horror Story has already been renewed for season 10 - but will it be the last season? Here's everything we know so far...
American Horror Story: 1984 saw the series reach its 100th episode which is a huge milestone for any show, let alone a show that only produces 10 to 13 episodes per season. But now, with 1984 coming to an end, it's time to look ahead to the next milestone... season 10.
American Horror Story season 10 has already been renewed at FX (it was renewed back in August 2018...) and as always, we know very few details about what will happen next within the universe.
The latest news? Sarah Paulson has confirmed that she will be returning for season 10 and when pressed on whether she would have a series regular role, she responded: “I should hope so.”
While he's keeping quiet about the theme, Murphy has teased that season 10 will "reunite fan favourite actors" from the first 3 seasons. Murphy has said that he has reached out to "the people who helped build this show into what it is" and they've all said yes. "If you look at the iconography of the first three seasons, you can figure who I’ve gone to and who might be coming back," he told Deadline.
For now, here's everything we know about AHS season 10, including the possible themes, release date and who will likely be in the cast:
AHS season 10 theme: What will American Horror Story season 10 theme be?
Nothing is confirmed so far but Ryan Murphy has previously expressed his desire to do another sort-of season of Coven. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, Ryan Murphy said that “the witches will be back."
Whether or not the witches will return for the big anniversary season remains to be seen. It makes sense, but is it likely to happen to close to Apocalypse? Who knows...
While celebrating the 100th episode, Murphy also revealed that he's currently mulling it over between 3 ideas right now.
Speaking to Deadline, Murphy also confirmed that they previously 'flirted with aliens and space' as potential themes. "Every season by Halloween, I come up with what the winner is and I already came up with an idea for season 10. There’s always the runner-ups, and I’m like ‘Hmm could this be something?’ We flirted with aliens, we flirted with space, we flirted with some things that were more interesting than others," he said.
"The fans write in what they want, and they’re very excited about the Coven stuff and the aliens in season 2. They’ve always wanted something in space," Murphy explained. "It would be hard because it’s called American Horror Story and you’d have to stay within the legal soil limits in order to make that work."
In an interview TV Guide, Murphy hinted that there "will be probably a big [clue about season 10] in episode eight" of AHS: 1984.
AHS season 10 release date: When will it air?
As always, American Horror Story season 10 will likely drop into our laps in September 2020 and finish in November 2020. After years of premiering in October, Murphy explained that he wanted the show pushed up to September to that it could finish before Christmas.
AHS season 10 cast: Who will return for American Horror Story season 10?
As the tenth season, the show could see several fan favourites return–either as new characters or as some of our favourites from over the years. Of course, the whole thing depends on what the theme is and what year it's set in (you know, because a lot of fan favourite characters are now dead in certain timelines).
Hopefully (schedules permitting), we will see the returns of key players like Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates. Other cast members such as Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts, Cody Fern, Leslie Grossman, Billy Eichner, Frances Conroy, Finn Wittrock, Taissa Farmiga, Billy Porter and Adina Porter (to name a few) could return too. Oh, and um... Lady Gaga? Please?
Jessica Lange has ruled out returning to the show to play a new character. Should the witches return, there might be a small possibility that she could return as Fiona Goode but seeing as she ranks Coven as her least favourite season, that might be unlikely.
Sarah Paulson, who will not appear in 1984, has said that she would love to return for season 10: "I need to be a part of it again." She later confirmed to Deadline that she will be starring in season 10, in a central role.
Will Evan Peters be in AHS season 10?
Evan decided to sit AHS: 1984 out for personal reasons but he did say that he would be open to return for future seasons. While he hasn't confirmed anything about his return just yet, it would be incredibly sad to see the show ring in the tenth season without the King of Horror Story.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy confirmed that he and Evan had discussed his return to the series and it sounds promising.
Is American Horror Story season 10 the final season?
Essentially, American Horror Story is an anthology so there's really no end date. It all depends on whether or not Ryan Murphy and his collaborators have more madness up their sleeves – and it sounds like they have plenty...
On Jan 9, it was confirmed that American Horror Story would return for 3 more seasons, keeping the show on air until 2023 at least. So, in answer to our own question, no. Season 10 will not be the final season.
In an interview with EW, Murphy said that Roanoke was the season that made him think “Ok, this show can go for 20 years.”
"Because we can keep playing with the format, the form. It proved to me we didn’t have to have every season be a grand spectacle. We could be raw and rough and verité," he explained.
Speaking to Variety, Murphy previously said: "John [Landgraf, President of FX] and I said around Season 5, this is something that is so beloved that maybe it could keep on going.”
"And now in its ninth season, in terms of worldwide…it’s one of the most popular shows in the world, so I will continue to have an appetite to do it as long as John wants to do it. So, we have been talking about should we end it? Or should we keep moving forward? But I hope we can move forward.”
Murphy also just signed a multi-million dollar deal with Netflix but it's been said that that will not affect his work with the series at FX.