American Horror Story has made headlines this week following the announcement that the show has officially been picked up for Season 7 on the cable network FX. But what fans may not realize about this announcement is that this could have been in the works long before Season 6 of American Horror Story debuted this year with the Roanoke installment.
One thing that American Horror Story and its producers have been very steadfast about this season was that everything be masked in a veil of secrecy so that fans would have to keep guessing or speculating about the show, most notably on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
Following that plan moving forward, there has been more than enough credible evidence to suggest that American Horror Story will start getting a dual-season every year, or so it would seem. So when Deadline reported that American Horror Story has been renewed for Season 7 by FX so early in the year, it appears to be making room for the next big announcement which may not come until as late as Thanksgiving this year, or at least following the Season 6 finale of the Roanoke installment.
— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) October 3, 2016
The renewal of American Horror Story for Season 7 really came as no surprise to most. But the timing was a bit awkward and that had fans wondering just what they had up their sleeves. Fans and journalists alike have been rife with speculation all summer long, right alongside The Walking Dead Season 7, and the two shows have been the most talked about topics on the major social media platforms, which includes Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Now fans of American Horror Story need to start asking themselves why the announcement came at such an early time in the season. Here is a quick look at the backstory that has been found out so far about American Horror Story Season 7.
First of all, Ryan Murphy already went on record last year saying that he wanted to do two seasons in one year, which would include a fall and spring season. That made sense given that AMC is absolutely dominating the ratings with The Walking Dead and that year round experience with their companion show, Fear The Walking Dead. History has also proven that major TV networks like to get a little piece of the pie when their competitors find a winning strategy. So what better series for FX to use than their own major horror show, American Horror Story?
The next piece of evidence that suggests that American Horror Story Season 7 will be coming in or around March is the episode count for Season 6. As fans already know, American Horror Story Season 6 is only 10 episodes, not the standard 12-13 that has occurred in previous seasons of the show.
So why would FX cut their highest performing show down to only 10 episodes, especially since their only major competitor (The Walking Dead) is dishing out 16 episodes every year to their fans?
— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) October 1, 2016
There is only one possible answer to that question that makes sense. They are not only doing one season of American Horror Story this year, but rather two seasons, just like Ryan Murphy had originally told us about.
“The sustained success through six installments only proves how intensely the series resonates with fans,” FX CEO John Landgraf told E! News. “[American Horror Story] confronts our deepest fears with unmatched suspense and style. Each new installment is a cultural event, hotly anticipated for its theme, imagery, cast and twists. We thank the creators and their team, the cast and everyone who has continued to make AHS such an extraordinary series.”
American Horror Story airs every Wednesday on FX.
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