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The next season of ‘American Horror Story’ will be set in the future

Could it be inspired by 'Black Mirror'?

The next season of ‘American Horror Story’ will be set in the future
08 January 2018

American Horror Story, heading into its eighth year, has consistently been one of the freshest, most compelling and most frightening shows on TV.

Previous incredible seasons have been set in a 1950s travelling freak show, a 1960s mental asylum and in a 1980s hotel with Lady Gaga as a bisexual, murderous vampire. With this dizzying (and quite frankly amazing) array of settings, you might think that series creator Ryan Murphy is running out of new ideas.

Well, fear not! He’s now announced that Season 8 of American Horror Story will be set… in the future!

Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour in Pasadena, California, Murphy said: “It’s set in the future. The near distant future - It’s a projection story.” 

Later, he promised it would be a departure from earlier seasons. “It’s different from what we’ve done before,” he said, according to Slash Film.

TV mogul Ryan Murphy 

So, could we get a Black Mirror-style, sci-fi storyline? We’ll find out later this year, when the season is set to air.

And what else do we know about the new series?

1. Sarah Paulson will return

It’s been confirmed that Sarah Paulson, basically the Queen of TV and the star of pretty-much everything that Ryan Murphy creates, will be returning for Season 8. 

2. Many other favourite faces are coming back

Other series regulars such as Evan Peters, Adina Porter and Dylan McDermott have also confirmed they will return.

3. It will be about lust or violence

In an Instagram post from last year, Murphy explained how each of the seasons represent one level in the circle of hell from Dante’s Inferno. And the only two remaining themes that haven’t been covered are lust and violence:


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Murphy also confirmed some tidbits about his many other shows. After the coming season of American Crime Story which will focus on the assassination of designer Gianni Versace, we’re going to get seasons set during Hurricane Katrina and during the 1990s scandal around Bill Clinton and Monika Lewinski.

And after Bette and Joan, the next season of Feud is set to focus on the drama between Prince Charles and Diana. Sounds juicy.

So which is your favourite season of American Horror Story? Tell us below!

(Images: FX / American Horror Story / Rex)