The eighth season of American Horror Story is set to premiere in a little more than a month; however, FX has already renewed the show for season 10. American Horror Story is an anthology style television series that has focused on a different scary setting each season, which has previously included a haunted house, an asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, Roanoke, and even the 2016 presidential election. It was confirmed via posters from San Diego Comic-Con that season 8 of Ryan Murphy's hit show will be subtitled Apocalypse.
It's long been theorized that each season of American Horror Story is connected within one shared universe. This was finally confirmed by co-creator Murphy a few years back. Long-time fans of the show have since noticed several ways that the seasons of the show are connected - besides the obvious fact that a few characters have appeared in more than one season - and American Horror Story: Apocalypse is set to continue this trend by including a grown-up form of the Antichrist from season 1. People have also speculated that each season of American Horror Story pertains to one of the nine circles of Hell in Dante's Inferno. Now that season 10 has been ordered, fans may want to reconsider their suspicions on that front.
As reported by Deadline, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf has granted American Horror Story a tenth season after Murphy himself requested one. When asked if season 10 would be the final season of the show, Landgraf responded, "I don’t know. A lot of that comes down to Ryan and whether he still feels inspired about it". Given the popularity of AHS and the attention FX gets because of it, the announcement of season 10 shouldn't be all that surprising, but it does throw a wrench in the aforementioned nine circles of Hell theory.
With this season tackling an apocalyptic storyline and featuring a Murder House/Coven crossover, it's no doubt one of the most highly anticipated seasons of American Horror Story to date. Season 8 will also be bringing back cast members like Emma Roberts and Taissa Farmiga, who both had big roles in Coven. While some fans will be excited about having an extra season of twisted tales to look forward to, others may want Murphy to stop while he's ahead.
2017's season 7 - subtitled Cult - saw a drop in viewership when compared to other seasons, leading some to believe that the show should be canceled rather than dragging on for several more seasons. Murphy certainly has enough irons in the fire to stay busy regardless - including American Crime Story, Pose, and Feud - yet for now, he doesn't seem to have any attention of listening to detractors and calling AHS quits. Those who still love the show will no doubt be thrilled.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse premieres September 12 on FX.