Fans are still reeling from season 7 of American Horror Story, subtitled Cult, but the eighth season of the horror series will be going in a new direction - to the future. The show has proven it can tackle everything from well-known horror storylines ranging from serial killers to aliens, yet continues to find ways to shock and surprise fans with gleeful and gory twists.
Beginning with its first season tackling a haunted house in Los Angeles, American Horror Story has made a name for itself with constant reinvention. The show tackles the horror of the shifting and riotous American cultural and physical landscape with an eye for satire and a knack for pushing the envelope. Fans have been entertained by everything from gothic vampires in the form of Lady Gaga to serial killing ghosts and the 2016 political landscape. Part anthology but with an overarching "connected" plot, American Horror Story is built for bold surprises and this latest twist may be its boldest yet.
According to EW, the show will be heading into the future. Ryan Murphy discussed the shift at the 2018 Television Critics Association winter press tour. The creator, whose show Pose was recently ordered to series by FX offered no further details beyond the idea that it wouldn't be set in space, making it a marked departure from many popular shows like Syfy's Killjoys and the recent turn on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Murphy teased, "All I’ll say about it is I want to go to the future — still topical, but the future, which I’ve never done."
Murphy went on to discuss the show's history of reinvention, talking about how his goal is to constantly do the opposite of what he's done before. He shared that he pitched the newest direction for the show just after the panel and that FX had loved the direction he wanted to go:
I pitched it to [FX chief] John Landgraf today right after his TCA panel, and he loved it, but he’s asked me not to say what it is. I told him and he fell out of his chair with joy. I think people will like it, it’s different from what we’ve done before, but I always try and do the opposite of what I’ve done on that show.
FX has renewed the show for two more seasons, clearly putting themselves in Murphy's corner. With a familiar cast consisting traditionally of actors like Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, and iconic character actors like Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates, it's one of FX's moneymakers. The level of trust that the network has placed in Murphy can't be overstated. Even with the show's ups and downs, it's a household name and a staple of the Fall television lineup.
Thankfully for fans, the anthology aspect of FX's horror staple makes it easy for people to pick and chose just what seasons to watch at any given time. This newest season has a degree of competition, however, because while it won't be going up against other space-based series, shows like Black Mirror have been showing the dark side of living in the future and its technology. Everyone should consider just what kind of twist Murphy is planning to help American Horror Story measure up.
Amid its twists and turns, American Horror Story takes wicked delight in showing fans the sins of their pasts and present. It's a standout because it takes a grim, gritty, and gleeful look at America's history. That alone should have people excited to see just what horrors the future holds for the show and everyone watching.