American Horror Story has already taken creepiness and terror into the past, setting its second season (Asylum) in the 1960s and its fourth season (Freakshow) in the 1950s. Now, as FX prepares the multiple-Emmy-winning series for its eighth season, showrunners are looking to take AHS to a place it’s never been: all the way to the future.
AHS co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy told reporters at this year’s Television Critics Association winter press tour that the show’s upcoming collection of episodes will be “different from what we’ve done before,” dropping the bluntest of references to its leap forward in time.
Via TV Line: “‘It takes place in the future,’ he teased. ‘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 also narrowed things down (slightly) by clarifying that Season 8 won’t be set in outer space.
Still, the future can be an awfully big place, and the hints Murphy is dropping are purposefully vague. But any tease of an AHS set in the future invites a different kind of speculation than we’re used to, and marks the most information we’ve so far gotten about where the successful anthology is headed next.
Murphy also hinted that the ninth season of AHS indeed may give fans the mashup they’ve been anticipating ever since his 2016 revelation that he’d like to cross over two of the series’ most conventionally haunting story cycles: Murder House (Season 1) and Coven (Season 3).
“We’ve already met about it and outlined it. But it won’t be next, because some of the [cast members] are not available,” he said.
AHS: Murder House is set in a restored Los Angeles mansion that, to the regret of its new owners, turns out to be haunted by its former ones. AHS: Coven, meanwhile, tracks Salem witches through history and into present-day New Orleans, where a tortured coven overcomes a ton of internal conflict before presenting a more public-friendly face to the outside world.
Seeing how AHS will put its heavily stylized visual stamp on a future setting — even if we still don’t know exactly what type of setting that’ll be — definitely has us intrigued. We’ll get our first look this fall, when American Horror Story: Season 8 makes its debut on FX.