American Horror Story is making way for Season 6, which is just around the corner on September 14. But did you know that there are already plans in the mix for Seasons 7 and 8?
This whole collective of seasons for American Horror Story on FX was initially thought to simply be a horror anthology series. But since the show starting breaking new ground in the ratings game, it has taken on a new life and the seasons and characters will start tying into the latter seasons.
News of the American Horror Story future comes from the show creator himself, Ryan Murphy, when he told The Hollywood Reporter about his plans for the future of the franchise and keeping AHS fans in the dark about Season 6.
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When Ryan Murphy was talking about Season 6 of American Horror Story, he also dipped into what he sees happening in Seasons 7 and 8.
“John Landgraf [of FX] and Dana Walden [of Fox TV Group] and I were talking, and the show [American Horror Story] is in its sixth season, and we’ve always done everything by the book,” Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter. “Come January or February I announce what the theme is, and then we announce the cast. We wanted to [create a] different experience for the fans this year. But that doesn’t mean we’ll do that for season seven or even season eight.”
As a matter of fact, American Horror Story Season 6 is poised to start bringing the horror anthology series together in this year by feeding some fruit for both Seasons 7 and 8. But it’s the latter seasons that are going to really tie the series together more closely.
“You’ll see it this season [of American Horror Story], and then you’ll really see it after this season. We lay a lot of pipe, and you’ll see it explode in seasons seven and eight,” Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter. “They haven’t officially been picked up yet by John Landgraf — he and I always talk at the end of the year and decide how many we want to do. But John has always said, and I have always agreed, that this is a show that could be like The Twilight Zone and run for multiple, multiple seasons and have its own inner mythology. So that’s how we’re approaching it. I’ll keep doing it for as long as we have the ideas and the momentum. I really love doing it.”
There is certainly enough material out there for Ryan Murphy to work with for a show like American Horror Story. The title alone holds so many different avenues of classic horror that are inherent to American culture that the sky truly is the limit.
In the beginning of American Horror Story, it was not planned as an ongoing series. But once momentum struck the series and fan feedback demanded more and more episodes, the show really took off and developed a life of its own beyond the scope that Ryan Murphy and FX realized when they launched it.
One thing that’s for sure is that American Horror Story is entering a new chapter in the series where each season is starting to stray from the horror “anthology” theme and becoming a more serialized event that will have dramatic consequences for future seasons of the FX show.
It really all started with Pepper in Season 4 of American Horror Story, which was the Freak Show installment. Pepper eventually made her way back to the Asylum near the end of Season 4 and fans even got Lily Rabe back for a quick scene as the nun/demon she played in American Horror Story: Asylum.
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But one thing that American Horror Story needs to watch out for moving forward is continuity issues. Since their actor’s troupe has played multiple characters over the seasons, they cannot reappear in two different roles in the same season coming up, presumably.
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