‘American Horror Story’ Season 8: Everything we know about futuristic installment starring Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters & Kathy Bates

Excited for Season 8 of “American Horror Story”? So are we! While the upcoming cycle of Ryan Murphy‘s “AHS” is shrouded in mystery, some details have begun to emerge in recent weeks. Scroll down to see everything we know about “American Horror Story” Season 8, including who will star, what it’s about, when it will likely air and so much more.

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Who? As of this writing three cast members have been announced as leading stars of Season 8: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates. Paulson and Peters have been with the show since the first season (“Murder House”) while Bates joined in the third cycle (“Coven”). Bates couldn’t appear in last year’s “Cult” because she was otherwise occupied on Netflix’s “Disjointed,” which has since been canceled. There’s no word yet on which other “AHS” mainstays will return for Season 8, but Murphy has hinted that one day Jessica Lange will return.

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What? Get ready for a season set in the 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 has revealed about Season 8. Murphy shot down rumors that the new cycle will take place in outer space, so something more grounded with a technology angle (robot takeover? artificial intelligence?) seems more likely.

When? While the first five seasons of “American Horror Story” all debuted on FX in the month of October, both Season 6 (“Roanoke”) and Season 7 (“Cult”) premiered in September. Our guess is that FX prefers a September debut so that all episodes can air before the holidays, so odds are Season 8 will continue this recent trend in the fall of 2018.

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Where? Which American city might be the setting for “AHS” Season 8? Nothing has been announced yet, but past locations have included Brookfield Heights, Michigan (“Cult”), rural North Carolina (“Roanoke”), Los Angeles, California (“Hotel” and “Murder House”), Jupiter, Florida (“Freak Show”), New Orleans, Louisiana (“Coven”), and rural Massachusetts (“Asylum”).

Why? Not only has FX renewed “American Horror Story” for Season 8, but Season 9 will also be coming in 2019. That should come as no surprise, as “AHS” is one of FX’s most successful programs to date. Besides the impressive viewership ratings every week, it’s also amassed a whopping 16 Emmy Awards, including acting trophies for Lange (“Murder House” and “Coven”), Bates (“Coven”) and James Cromwell (“Asylum”).

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