#AmericanHorrorStory has been on the air for six years, and is one of FX's most loved TV series. From Murder House through to 2015's Hotel, each season kept to a clear and distinct theme — until now. This year's #Roanoke has left us wondering from day one what its endgame was, and while the season has revealed its secrets slowly, it proved that AHS still has what it takes to surprise us.
Earlier this week, showrunner and series creator Ryan Murphy was quizzed about what's in store for Season 7 and beyond, which FX ordered earlier this month. During a panel at EW's PopFest Sunday, Ryan (who had already mentioned a return to Coven) announced that perhaps we will return to another season, too:
"We do know what we’re going to do, it’s not going to be next season, but we are going to do a season that’s a crossover between Murder House and Coven together, which is very bizarre.”
“There will be characters from Murder House and characters from Coven together.”
This news received much applause from the crowd, as finally fans will witness a merging of the AHS universe which has been hinted at endlessly within the show. Emma Roberts also applauded the announcement, as it may see the return of Madison Montgomery — looks like we really hadn't seen the last of her.
Ryan continued, talking about the likely scheduling issues which lie ahead, as Connie Britton who played Vivien Harmon in Murder House is currently tied up in CMT's Nashville. Non-Coven actors Dylan McDermott, Alexandra Breckenridge, Kate Mara and Zachary Quinto would also need to be free to make the crossover a success.
“I’ve [already] started going to actors from both of the seasons, quietly, saying, ‘I think in this window, if you could fit us in. So yeah, it’s fun. It’s weird.”
Check out some of the most brutal moments from Coven and Murder House below:
Murder House was the first season of American Horror Story, and followed the ill-fated Harmon family as they battle against the tirade of malevolent ghosts that haunted their Victorian mansion. Coven, on the other hand, followed a group of young witches as they learned to harness their powers. How the Harmon family will tie into their narrative is unclear — especially with all the actor crossovers.
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What Does This Mean for the Future of AHS?
While this news is likely to delight many fans, others are left wondering whether or not this means that the show is a) coming to an end, or b) potentially running out of ideas. While combining two of the most popular seasons is a fantastic idea in theory, it could fall flat. One thing that AHS does so well is originality. Each season is nothing like the one that came before — new eras, new characters, new horror. There are still plenty of ideas to be explored — how great would AHS: Cult be?! Murphy and co. have the freedom to literally do anything they want, so why return to seasons that have already wrapped up? Are the glory days of AHS behind us?
Does This Mean We Are Entering a New Era?
Perhaps it will be Season 7 that marks the end of original storytelling in the AHS universe. We still don't have any idea (and won't for a while) what next season's theme will be, but maybe we will start to see a return of more beloved characters and horrors from Asylum, Freak Show and Hotel. Characters from previous seasons have popped up in later seasons before — remember when Coven's Queenie turned up in Hotel? Murphy also confirmed the triumphant return of Sarah Paulson's Lana Winters in Season 6. We thought this was just confirmation that the seasons were connected — but now this connection may just be what the show has been building up to all along.
American Horror Story is the kind of show where anything is possible. Each season has given us some new horror to ponder, and I bet Season 7, 8 and beyond will be no different. Murphy's comments only offer a small insight into what we can expect to see in the future, and will no doubt kick start the Season 7 hype train early. Wherever the show decides to go after Season 6, let's hope it doesn't fall short of the mark — and let's hope Murphy manages to convince Jessica Lange to step back into Fiona Goode's Louboutins.