Allay any fears you may have over what the future holds. 2016 may have been a tough year for many, but if FX have their way, then the only horror stories coming our way from now on are decidedly American in nature...
Just two months after FX announced that American Horror Story will return for a seventh season, the network have now picked the show up for two more cycles. Know what this means? Fans now have at least three more seasons of messed up #horror, and three more chances for #JessicaLange to finally give in and return for another mental musical number.
While discussing the renewal at the Television Critics Association (TCA), FX Networks CEO John Landgraf explained the impact of American Horror Story on pop culture, and why it remains just as important today as ever:
“American Horror Story launched the modern limited series revolution and – as evidenced by the most recent installment ‘Roanoke’ – it remains as vital today as when Murder House stunned audiences six years ago. Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot.”
Fox CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman went on to commend the show for its innovative approach to storytelling, explaining that:
“When Ryan and Brad came to us seven years ago with the idea for a horror series structured as an anthology, with a group of actors returning year after year, in different roles, settings and time periods, we were in awe of the sheer originality and ambition of their vision. They’ve since delivered six fantastic instalments which have rightfully attracted millions of viewers, critical raves and dozens of awards.”
While this is undoubtedly exciting news of the highest order, this official confirmation already follows in the wake of Ryan Murphy's revelation that a Murder House/Coven crossover will freak us out somewhere later down the line.
Back in October, 2016, the series creator revealed to EW that the inhabitants of Season 1's Murder House will meet the feisty witches of Season 3's Coven for the most "bizarre" American Horror Story crossover yet. However, there's just one catch:
"It’s not going to be next season."
However, before we all race to Murphy's home and burn him at the stake, Coven style, the producer revealed that plans to develop the crossover are already in place:
"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."
If that's the case, then it appears that the Murder House/Coven crossover could happen as soon as Season 8, which means that Taissa Farmiga's two iconic AHS roles could collide in a bizarre meeting of worlds. Sounds crazy, but fans have already seen far stranger things than a ghost and a witch who share the same face hang out and trading stories.
Check out the clip below to see Matt, Shelby and some unusual guests play the Name Game in Roanoke:
Failing that though, it looks extremely likely that the crossover will happen one year later in 2019. However, there also remains the possibility that Murphy may surprise us by telling this story in an unexpected extra season that we're already dubbing 'Season 7.5'. This wouldn't be the first time that American Horror Story has misled us, after all.
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While it's still hard to judge right now, rumors suggest that Season 7 of American Horror Story will involve some kind of nautical theme before the crossover is set to air in 2018 or 2019. Whether the series continues to explore the documentary-style approach of Roanoke or return to traditional means of storytelling, we're just comforted by the fact that American Horror Story will remain in our lives for at least a few years longer, robbing us of sleep with every chance it gets.