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

14 June 2018, 22:47

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By Katie Louise-Smith

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

It's happening! Production has officially started on American Horror Story season 8 with Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates at the helm of the show and judging by the information that's just been released about this year's theme, it sounds like it's going to be the best season yet! 

The latest news? Ryan Murphy has CONFIRMED this year's theme and it's not the one you were expecting. The theme for American Horror Story season eight is... the Murder House/Coven crossover!

 

It's been revealed by Murphy that season 8 is 'unlike anything we've ever done'. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk teased what's to come in the new season. "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," Murphy said. "You will see so many fan favourites return that you’ll feel like it’s The Love Boat. It’s a very high concept." 

SO MANY FAN FAVOURITES?! Who could they be? Lily Rabe? Connie Britton? Dylan McDermott? We know that Murphy has been in contact with Jessica Lange about returning to the show, and she's expressed her interest in the Murder House/Coven crossover season but could she return earlier? WIG!

Here's everything you need to know about the eighth season of the horror anthology series, including the confirmed cast members, the details of the crossover theme, time period, trailers and release date:

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What will the American Horror Story season 8 theme be?

The theme has been confirmed as the long awaited Murder House/Coven crossover season. 

The announcement has come as a shock to fans who believed we weren't gonna see that season until at least 2019 due to scheduling with some of the actors from the past seasons. Before it was announced, fans were under the impression that this season would have some sort of 'Radioactive' theme after a trademark filed by FOX was discovered online. (This theme could still happen in season 9 so you never know...) 

It's been confirmed that the show will take place in the future. Murphy, speaking at the 2018 TCAs, gave no further details. 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."

Speaking at an FYC event, Murphy later revealed the time period for the new season and it's not as far in the future as we all thought it would be. The season will be taking place a mere 18 months from now. He urged the audience at the event to look up what would be taking place in 18 months in October 2019. 

Murphy has also 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. 

The tone of season eight will also be a call back to the fantasy vibes of Asylum and Coven rather than the sinister realism of Cult and Roanoke. “It’s heightened,” he said of the crossover season. “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.”

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When will American Horror Story 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 American Horror Story season 8 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? Here's a list of everyone who has been confirmed so far:

Sarah Paulson

Kathy Bates

Evan Peters, who will be playing a gay hairdresser.

Dame Joan Collins, who will be playing the grandmother of Peters' character.

Billy Eichner

Leslie Grossman

Adina Porter

Cheyenne Jackson

Billie Lourd

Paulson, Peters and Bates, who returns to the series after one season away, will all be playing main roles this season. No other details about any of the other characters have been released. 

Murphy is also actively trying to get Anjelica Huston to join the cast. When asked if he would be adding Huston to the cast of season 8, Murphy said, “(we’re) talking. I love her.” Houston famously played a witch in The Witches, so that would make for an ICONIC reference should she appear as a member of the Coven. 

Seeing as season 8 will be the crossover season, it's highly likely that actors (and characters) from Murder House and Coven will appear. Previously, Murphy has said he is optimistic that many of the original AHS stars will come back for the crossover season, including Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton and... yes, JESSICA LANGE (!!!!) 

“I want all of them,” he said. “I want Dylan, and Connie and Jessica [Lange]. They’ve all said — Kathy Bates, too — everybody who is involved in the show has always said, ‘Yeah, that sounds like fun, let’s get the band back together again.’ So that is one of the reasons why the writing process of that season is taking longer because it’s literally 25 people’s schedules. But I’m hopeful they will all be back.”

Lady Gaga could possibly make an appearance as the original Supreme Scathach as seen in Roanoke but her two-year Vegas residency might prevent her from being available for filming.

What will happen in the season? 

Murphy confirmed the crossover season before Cult was even announced in 2016. At the time, he said in an an interview with Entertainment Weekly: "It's a character from Season 1 that will be thrust into the world that you are left with at the end of Coven, which is sort of like the male/female/witch academy."

It's unclear if this storyline will still go ahead, but if it does, there's plenty of ways in which the story could go: As we left it, there were only three characters left alive at the end of Murder House; Sarah Paulson's Billie Dean Howard, the devil-spawn of Vivian Harmon and Tate Langdon, Michael and of course, the iconic Constance Langdon. When Coven ended, we saw Cordelia as the new Supreme with literally almost everyone else dead... but remember, witches have the power to resurrect so literally anyone and everyone could return. 

There's also the possibility of a wider backstory around the origins of the Supreme status thanks to Lady Gaga's Roanoke character Scathach.

Is there a trailer for American Horror Story season 8 yet?

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

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