Everything We Know So Far About American Horror Story: Apocalypse

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If there is one show that is perpetually cloaked in mystery, it's American Horror Story. FX's long-running anthology series is secretive by its very nature. Not only does the cast reset each season, but so does its story. Spoilers are elusive and each season is a surprise, even when we know the theme in advance.
For its eighth season, American Horror Story is surprising fans yet again by doing something entirely different. And good news: we'll see it sooner than you might think!
After much speculation, the official title of season 8 is American Horror Story: Apocalypse.
There were early rumors among fans that season 8 would be called American Horror Story: Radioactive after Twentieth Century Fox reportedly filed for the copyright to the name. Perhaps this will be the name of a future season?
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Click through to learn everything else we know about American Horror Story season 8. Prepare to get spooked!
This story was originally published on July 16, 2018. Additional reporting has been added.
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The Teaser

Oh, man. Confirming that this season will be the creepiest, the trippy teaser for season 8 involves lots of signs pointing to the end of days... plus one very scary baby.
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The Theme

Creator Ryan Murphy has long promised fans a crossover season. This season of American Horror Story will combine two fan favorites, blending Murder House and Coven. “The story begins with the end of the world and then our world begins,” executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall said during a press tour panel at the Television Critics Association. “If we’re still here, the world didn’t totally end,” she added.

While all of settings for Murphy’s horror stories never fail to disappoint, we are particularly interested to see what he does with the apocalypse. The show creator has historically frightened us with what we know, but what can he do with the future?

Murphy surprised fans on Twitter when announcing the crossover. “The Coven/Murder House AHS crossover season won’t be happening next year…because it’s happening THIS YEAR. AHS #8 WITCHES RULE THIS SEPTEMBER,” he wrote.

In conclusion? Surprise, bitch.
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The Return Date

Murphy said witches would rule this September, and now we know exactly when. According to a press release from FX, season 8 will premiere on September 12.
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The Returning Players

Series anchors Evan Peters (who currently stars on Murphy’s Pose), American Crime Story Emmy winner Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, and Kathy Bates are all in AHS: Apocalypse. Given the crossover nature of season 8, it may come as no surprise to hear that many other favorites from the anthology will also be returning.

Paulson is returning as not one, not two, but three characters for the new season. According to the actress, she will play Billie Dean Howard (from both Murder House and Hotel), Cordelia Foxx (Coven), and a character named Ms. Wilhemina Venable. We also know that Peters will be playing a hairdresser, but nothing else about his character (or characters) was revealed. Lange will be returning as southern belle and murderer next door Constance Langdon. Bates stayed tight-lipped about her character other than her name – Ms. Meade.

Emma Roberts will be returning as her Coven character Madison Montgomery. Adina Porter, Billie Lourd, and Leslie Grossman will also be returning, but in new roles. While they couldn’t reveal much about their characters, they did share their names: Porter is Dina Stevens, Lourd is “Mallory – just Mallory,” and Grossman is Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt.

According to executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall, Murphy “invited all the witches to return — whether or not they return is TBD.” However many witches return, there seems to be trouble looming for their Supreme. “Cordelia is the Supreme for now. At the beginning of our story, that is the title she still holds. I don’t know how long that is going to last,” Paulson revealed at the TCA panel.
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The New Faces

TV legend Joan Collins will reportedly portray the grandmother of Peters' character.

Technically a new face, but not a new character, Cody Fern from The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story is joining the cast to play Michael Langdon. The role of now grown-up son of Tate and Vivienne Langdon (also known as the antichrist from Murder House) already sounds ominous. “The devil doesn’t really do anything good,” executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall hinted.
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The Timeline

“[Season 8 of American Horror Story] takes place in the future,” Murphy told the audience at the TCA back in January, per TVLine. “It’s still topical, but [set in] the future, which I’ve never done…I think people will like it. It’s different from what we’ve done before.”

Murphy has teased a different time period since the start of this year. Past seasons of the show have dealt with just that – the past. Whether they have frightened us with the evils of slavery or the horrors of the mental healthcare system in the ‘50s, AHS has drawn from history to get its fans good and uncomfortable. We now know that season 8 is set 18 months in the future, Vulture reports. “It starts in the real world. It’s very tangible, and it’s a familiar panic,” reveals Woodall.

Considering how much people are worrying about the state of the world and how it will influence our future, it seems like Murphy is right on the money once again with knowing just how to scare viewers.
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New Directors

At a recent TCA panel, it was revealed that series veterans Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will be making their directorial debuts. Each actor will be directing one episode of season 8. While Peters’ episode has yet to be announced, we know Paulson’s will be episode 6, which will see the return of Jessica Lange’s Murder House character Constance Langdon.
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The Villain

We know that Michael Langdon (aka the original baby and Antichrist from Murder House) will be portrayed by American Crime Story actor Cody Fern. A new teaser for the show also suggests that it's the Antichrist who will user in the apocalypse. Not-so-happy birthday, Mikey!
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