Ryan Murphy loves to make a big deal out of the reveals for his exalted horror anthology, American Horror Story. During the promotion for season six, he released faux teasers for the show, only revealing the theme to be My Roanoke Nightmare during the season premiere. For last season’s Cult, it was a series of hints that unraveled on a mysterious website.
That’s why it’s so unusually unceremonious that he just tweeted the theme for season eight.
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
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) June 14, 2018
That’s right, the highly anticipated Murder House/Coven crossover is happening much sooner than we thought. We’ve been waiting for this ever since meeting our favorite New Orleans witches during season three’s Coven. And with season one’s Murder House in the mix, it’s a chance for the show to return to its roots.
Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Kathy Bates are confirmed to return for the new season. Paulson played celebrity psychic in the making Billie Dean Howard in Murder House, as well as headmistress and coven supreme, Cordelia Foxx, in Coven. Peters portrayed disturbed teenager Tate Langdon in Murder House, and undead frat boy Kyle Spencer in Coven. Bates made her first appearance as historic murderess Madame Delphine LaLaurie in Coven.
Fingers crossed we’ll see both Taissa Farmiga and Jamie Brewer return, since they had instrumental roles in both seasons. But seeing as Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, and Emma Roberts’ characters all met unfortunate demises, we shouldn’t hold our breath for them to come back. Then again, nobody stays dead for long in the American Horror Story universe.
Although there’s not yet an official premiere date, Murphy confirmed the new season will air sometime this year.