We still know tantalizingly little about what’s in store when Season 8 of American Horror Story makes its long-anticipated return at FX, but at long last, we finally know that it’ll be coming sooner rather than later — and that it’s going to vibe really, really well if you’re a fan of Season 1 and Season 3.
Of all the little nuggets he’s revealed in a famously tight-lipped drip feed of ongoing information, series creator Ryan Murphy just dropped one of the most welcome clues yet about the next AHS installment (informally teased under the rumored title of AHS: Radioactive in pre-development chatter) in his latest tweet.
Murder House, AHS’ first season, was all about the haunted house scares that visited the Harmon family when they took on more than they bargained for with a move from Boston to Los Angeles. With ghosts aplenty, a deliciously wicked performance from Jessica Lange as meddlesome neighbor Constance Langdon, and nerve-fraying performances from Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton as Ben and Vivien, the not-so-happy homeowners, Murder House basically put AHS on the map and set expectations high for everything that’s come after.
In Season 3, Coven took the noir trope of witches in Louisiana to new highs with a time-jumping tale of Salem witches who descend through history to present-day New Orleans, where the tortured coven fights forces both from within and without to arrive at a painful truce of coexistence with the suspicious public.
Season 8 is reportedly set to unfold in the near future (as in 18 months in the future), and features a long list of returning stars: Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman, and Billie Lourd. Franchise newcomer Joan Collins will play the grandmother of Evan Peters' character, whom Murphy has said will be a "comedic hairdresser.”
Sure, Murphy is still being coy about when in 2018 the first episode will land, but we’re just content to finally learn we won’t have to wait until next year. Coupled with what he’s already said about Season 8 (including the packed-out ensemble cast of returning fan favorites that’ll make fans “feel like it’s The Love Boat”), the premiere of Radioactive — or whatever Murphy may end up naming the crossover — can’t come soon enough.