It’s that time of the year again: those months leading up to a new season of “American Horror Story,” where video teases and vague tweets drive fans hungry for any tidbit of information into an all-out feeding frenzy.
Making interest even higher this time around is the fact that Season 8 — dubbed “Apocalypse” — will be a crossover season, tying together characters from “Murder House” and “Coven” and bringing Jessica Lange back into the fold.
Thanks to the fall Television Critics Association panel from FX and some additional details teased out by both Ryan Murphy and the stars themselves, we’ve got a lot of exciting intel about what’s to come.
Keep reading to see what’s been announced so far — we’ll be sure to update with anything new once it’s released!
The First Video Promo
FX just loves to tease each new season with a series of freaky, frightening teasers before finally — if ever — delivering a trailer.
On August 6, the first sneak peek was dropped online and while it doesn’t include any actual footage of the show, it certainly sets the mood for what to expect on “Apocalypse.”
The video includes a creepy embryo — perhaps a nod to Tate and Vivian’s Anti-Christ son, Michael Landgon — as well as an atomic bomb exploding, some witchcraft symbolism and a whole lotta skulls.
Lange will return for the first time since playing Elsa Mars in “Freak Show,” the series’ fourth season. This time, she’ll re-appear as her character Constance Langdon from “Murder House” for at least one episode, directed by Sarah Paulson.
Joining Paulson and Lange for Season 8 are returning players Evan Peters, who will also direct an episode, Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter and Leslie Grossman.
Newcomers include Joan Collins — as Peters’ grandmother — as well as “Pose” star Billy Porter, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Kyle Allen.
Murphy also tweeted — then deleted — that “all the witches will be asked back” from “Coven,” though it’s unclear at this point who has officially signed on.
Who’s Playing Who?
While Evan Peters is back, it’s unclear if he’ll appear as either Tate — who’s trapped in the Murder House — or Kyle, who became the new butler at Miss Robichaux’s Academy. Murphy previously said Peters would be playing a “comedic hairstylist,” which doesn’t fit either of those characters.
Paulson will be taking on three roles, playing Billie Dean from Season 1, as well as “Coven’s” Cordelia — who is still Supreme, at least at the start of the season — and a character named Venerable.
Cody Fern will make the jump from Murphy’s other show, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” to play a grown-up Michael Landgon.
“Coven’s” resident bitch, Madison Montgomery, will also return — with Roberts saying her character will be even “bitchier” than she previously thought possible.
It’ll be interesting to see who else makes it back, especially when it comes to Taissa Farmiga, who appeared in both seasons and whose characters should still be lingering around. Her on-screen parents in “Murder House,” Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott, would also be welcome additions.
What’s the Story?
Well, we don’t really know, but with “Apocalypse” in the title and the Anti-Christ in the cards, it can’t be good.
“The story begins with the end of the world, and then our world begins,” one of the shows EPs revealed at the TCAs. “It starts in the real world. It’s very tangible.”
Adina Porter also teased that the series will show “a whole other side of an apocalypse,” adding,
I think people will be surprised and intrigued and yet again, I think, blown away by the performances that I’m seeing.”
As for the best news so far for fans of the show: it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s already been renewed for a 9th and 10th season at FX, though — obviously — no additional details have been revealed at this point.
Hopefully we’ll learn a little more about “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” before it premieres Sept. 12 on FX.