Since 2011, American Horror Story has got us all talking. It has given us everything from Tate Langdon to twisted clowns, a psychotic Zachary Quinto to an unforgiving Supreme. Although creator Ryan Murphy has remained tight-lipped on Season 6 beginning in September, he has revealed, earlier this week, there may be many more seasons to come. With an impressive six years under its belt, this revelation could hint at a longevity so great, we will be writing and talking about it years down the line. So, how will a show like this be able to find twists and turns for the plot and not just resort to going down the same avenues?
"[John Landgraf] and I [Ryan Murphy] always talk at the end of the year and decide how many [seasons] we want to do. But John has always said, and I have always agreed, that this is a show that could be like 'The Twilight Zone' and run for multiple, multiple seasons and have its own inner mythology. So that’s how we’re approaching it."
Characters Who Could Have A Future Cameo?
Having the same actors playing different characters each season has kept the show relevant and exciting for nearly six years. We get to know the characters (somewhat in depth) before moving on and discovering someone new, only guessing whether the former would be revisited. As long as the writers continue to create the compellingly complex characters we have come to expect for AHS, we will always see something original.
The actors chosen for these characters have to be suitable in order to switch it up so often. Jessica Lange (pictured above) was a fan favorite due to her fiery and unforgiving approach to her characters. This following could possibly enable her to make a cameo in future seasons, despite her exit at the end of Season 4. Other actors, which have now become household names, have also created a following offscreen as well as on. Look at Evan Peters for example — he has an abundance of loyal fans that eagerly await the character list on the show, as well as watch and share his upcoming films and ventures. With a fanbase this great, it would be absurd to end the show so soon — his 1.6 million Instagram followers do not lie!
Everyone from Zachary Quinto to Neil Patrick Harris and Lady Gaga have sunk their teeth into the role of psycho for the show, bringing fresh new faces to the cast and their fans with them. It begs the question: Who will feature next? Celeb status is a big deal when it comes to exposure and promotion — using short features or long-term cameos to enhance the storyline will definitely widen the audience and increase the show's lifespan. Check out Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan-Tatum's appearances in Season 2 below:
Finally, celeb cameos can only lead to one thing: crossovers. Scream Queens automatically springs to mind, as it also features actress Emma Roberts, and is created by both Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Some people have even gone as far to say that both shows are connected. It would add another dimension to the storyline and could create content to incorporate into a seventh or eighth season.
Changing Themes (But Keeping Continuity)
One of the main attractions of the show is that the situations change for each season. New characters, themes and settings mean the show can reinvent itself regularly (and perhaps endlessly). With Season 6 well and truly under wraps, we can only guess which theme is approaching and the impact it will have on further seasons. Here are five fan-favorite season theories that could be used in the future.
1. Once Upon A Film Set
Old Hollywood has become the leading fan theory for Season 6. Each promo has been replicating classic horror films such Children of The Corn, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Creature From The Black Lagoon, leading us to think the new season is based on a film set or in the golden age of Hollywood. The sheer number of bloodcurdling classics out there could mean this theme could last for an endless number of episodes, be interlinked or independent, and could make a great season.
2. Urban Legend
Freak sightings, incomprehensible murders and other things that will haunt you for an entire season or more. American urban legend would make more than a season's worth of eerie episodes and could form many more monstrosities that could be revisited in following seasons — look at Slenderman, Momo the Monster and The Bell Witch, for example. AHS could have us revel in our nightmares for weeks.
3. The Unknown
Something that could easily link with the idea of urban legends as well as Season 2 of the show (AHS: Asylum) — extraterrestrials and the unknown. Aliens and myths could add a unique spin to American Horror Story that could immediately make it incomparable to other series out there at the moment. Taking on mysterious disappearances, sightings and incidents (such as Roswell) could show the variety the show and actors have as well as creating a mass of new content.
4. The Orphanage
Dark and dreary orphanages (that all seem to be containing the most sinister of children) have provided horror films with storylines since the beginning of time. The number of children in the orphanage — and their individual storylines — could provide entertainment episode after episode. Children have been frequently used in the show, for example, Bartholomew in AHS: Hotel and the twins (one of which is Michael, presumed to be the devil himself) in Season 1 — Murder House.
5. The Antichrist
Speaking of children, Michael Langdon is a character that could hold the key for longevity for AHS. His potential (and long-awaited return) could form the most anticipated and climatic episodes of the show to date. We first saw him at the very end of Season 1, where the young supernatural son of Tate Langdon had already managed to murder his nanny. Many fans believed he would make his return as the devil child in Season 6 — an appropriate number for this kind of theme — but the teasers and promos now seem to show differently. It would certainly see the show come full circle and provide closure for fans, so the show not choosing this theme yet could, perhaps, further reiterate how many more horror stories the show has left to tell.
Love it, hate it or watch it sparingly behind a cushion, American Horror Story has found an audience and a horde of dedicated fans that are not ready to say goodbye just yet. With so much more spine-tingling content and hair-raising characters to feast on in the future, I doubt they are going anywhere anytime soon.
Check out the most f*cked up moments from every season of AHS in the video below and get ready for what's going to happen in Season 6:
What do you think? Do our beloved shows have expiration dates? How many seasons do you think AHS will last? Let me know in the comments below!