The eighth installment of “AHS” finally has a name, and it’s spooky as hell: “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.” In honor of Season 8 of Ryan Murphy‘s horror anthology series, we’ve conjured up eight spoilers about the upcoming episodes. So put the demon baby to sleep and scroll down to see everything we know about “AHS: Apocalypse,” including the crossover plot, the cast, the air date and more.
Yes, Season 8 will be the long-rumored “Murder House”/”Coven” crossover. While the plot is being kept hush-hush, FX has unveiled its first promo artwork: a blood-red baby being cared for by a demonic black hand. That has fans hoping “Apocalypse” will tell the story of Vivien’s (Connie Britton) antichrist child from the first season, who was last seen being cared for by Constance (Jessica Lange). There’s no word yet on whether Britton or Lange will pop up, which brings us to…
As of this writing, 12 cast members have been announced for this apocalyptic season: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates as the three leads, and Joan Collins, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts, Adina Porter, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Kyle Allen as recurring and/or guest stars. Of note, Paulson and Peters are the only cast members to appear in all eight seasons of the show.
Mark your calendars for Sept. 12, 2018 — that’s when the season premiere of “Apocalypse” will air on FX. While the first five cycles of “American Horror Story” all debuted in the month of October, both Season 6 (“Roanoke”) and Season 7 (“Cult”) premiered in September, so Season 8 will continue that trend.
Madison is back, bitches
Roberts, who left “AHS” in 2015 to star on Fox’s horror comedy “Scream Queens,” is reprising her “Coven” role of Madison Montgomery, per our sister site Deadline. Madison was a feisty witch who died twice during that season, but of course nobody is every truly dead on “American Horror Story.”
“My character is something I’ve never done on the show before,” Paulson recently revealed to us about her “Apocalypse” role. Hmm, does that mean she won’t be playing her Season 1 character Billie Dean Howard or her Season 3 character Cordelia Foxx?
New cast member Collins will be playing the grandmother to Peters’ character, a comedic hairstylist. We’ll take that to mean that Peters will also not be resurrecting his “Murder House” character Tate Langdon or his “Coven” character Kyle Spencer.
Murphy teased that in addition to Madison, all of the “Coven” witches are being asked back. That means we could potentially see any of the following characters pop up in Season 8: Fiona Goode (Lange), Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga), Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy), Misty Day (Lily Rabe), Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett), Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), Nan (Jamie Brewew) and Stevie Nicks (Stevie Nicks). Did we forget anyone?
This crossover installment will be set in the near future. “All I’ll say about it is I want to go to the future. Still topical, but the future, which I’ve never done,” Murphy revealed about Season 8. However, don’t expect spaceships or robots in “Apocalypse,” since it will take place only about a year and a half from now.
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