Be careful what you wish for. The eighth season of FX’s American Horror Story brings with it not only the crossover that fans of the series have been waiting years for, but also the end of the world. Never a show to skimp out on marketing, the latest teaser trailer for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, entitled “Shockwave,” follows the release of last week’s eerie “Radio Active Mist,” as well as previous teasers “Fig” and “Hand Out.”
Perhaps slightly less enigmatic than previous American Horror Story teasers, “Shockwave” features a young boy at a table, sitting in front of a birthday cake. The cake is filled with far too many candles for his apparent age. When the boy blows out the candles to make a wish, his house blows down around him, and trees bend violently in the background. Ultimately, all that’s left in the post-apocalyptic landscape is the boy at the table with his cake as a mushroom cloud rises behind him.
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Ryan Murphy has remained cryptic on the eighth season, though he has revealed that this season will see characters cross over from previous seasons, specifically the first season’s Murder House and the third season’s Coven. Yesterday, Murphy shared a photo from his Instagram featuring witchy women, Sarah Paulson, Stevie Nicks, and Lily Rabe, who are reunited from Coven. Murphy has also confirmed that a number of cast members from previous seasons will also get in on the apocalyptic action, including: Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, and Jessica Lange, who will reprise her Emmy-winning role of Constance Langdon from Murder House.
In July, Murphy revealed that Michael Langdon, the antichrist born during Murder House, would be portrayed as an adult by Cody Fern. All signs point toward Michael bringing about the end of the world in Apocalypse. The teasers released thus far, including a monstrous hand shaking that of a baby’s, and that same hand slicing open a fig to reveal scorpions inside, suggest a sinister twist on the often Biblical images of birth and fruit. While Apocalypse has yet to surpass the ad campaign of some of the previous seasons, with Freak Show being the standout, these latest teasers evoke the sense of a much larger narrative, one that relies on stakes that can’t get much bigger than total annihilation. When the dust settles, will there be another American Horror Story left to tell after this one?
American Horror Story: Apocalypse debuts on FX Wednesday, September 12.