***Update: Looks like an official trailer tomorrow (full YouTube video after this update)***
— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) September 4, 2018
After a lifetime of teasers across every form of communication short of shadow puppets, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have released the first official preview for FX‘s American Horror Story: Apocalypse. Set to premiere on Wednesday, September 12th, the horror anthology’s upcoming Murder House/Coven crossover lives up to its name by beginning at the end…of the world as we know it. And as we can see from our first full look at the upcoming eighth season…not everyone is feeling so fine about it:
Murphy has coordinated a nice mix of symbolic teasers and behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming season, most recently posting a pic of Evan Peters‘ Tate on the set of the eagerly-anticipated Murder House/Coven crossover to address the lack of a trailer at the time:
Dylan McDermott posted a pic on his Instagram account of his Ben Harmon reunited with Peters’ Tate on the set late last week
Earlier, we were treated to a look at Emma Roberts‘ Madison Montgomery rockin’ a feather duster on the bones of those buried under the Murder House gazebo (where McDermott‘s Ben Harmon used to hide the “secrets”); and a look at Peters-as-Tate returning to some old first-season stomping grounds:
Less than two days after FX confirmed Connie Britton (Nashville) and McDermott (The Practice) would be returning to their original season 1 roles for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, series co-creator Murphy gave us our first look at the pair’s return to the scene of many crimes – meaning Britton’s Vivien Harmon and McDermott’s Ben Harmon will be playing a major role in what lies ahead:
Connie, Sarah and Dylan. The Harmon’s are scaring up drama at The Murder House with Director Supreme Paulson. pic.twitter.com/L6e9N3LTtY
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) August 25, 2018
Murphy took to Twitter and Instagram last week to post Coven cast reunion pics from the set of American Horror Story: Apocalypse: Sarah Paulson, Stevie Nicks, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, and Taissa Farmiga.
The Coven Returns. What a thrilling night with the legend Stevie Nicks on the set of AHS. pic.twitter.com/wsI1FlfN1W
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) August 19, 2018
American Horror Story: Apocalypse s08e01 ‘The End’: written by Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk, directed by Bradley Buecker
American Horror Story: Apocalypse s08e02 ‘The Morning After’: written by James Wong, directed by Jennifer Lynch
Fans of American Horror Story were treated to some great news at this year’s TCA summer press event: the horror anthology series had been renewed for a 10th season (FX Networks CEO John Landgraf: “He (Murphy) asked for a 10th season of American Horror Story which we were happy to give to him”); Jessica Lange would be reprising her Murder House role as Constance Langdon, appearing in the sixth episode – also marking Paulson’s directorial debut on the show (Paulson: “I have the great pleasure of saying, yes, she (Lange) will be back”).
Paulson (who will also be playing a new character this season by the name of Venable), Lange, Roberts, Britton, McDermott, Peters, Kathy Bates, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman, Farmiga, Sidibe, Rabe, Conroy, and Nicks are set to return to Murphy’s horrific universe. Joan Collins (Dynasty) is joining the cast as Peters’s grandmother; Cody Fern (House of Cards) is joining as adult Michael Langdon; and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (UnReal) and Kyle Allen (The Path) are set for guest appearances.
Now it’s time to get your scorecards to see how everyone matches up, AHS fans: Rabe appeared in the Murder House, Coven, Hotel, and Roanoke seasons, while Sidibe appeared in Coven, Freak Show, and Hotel. Farmiga appeared in Murder House, Coven, and Roanoke; AHS mainstay Conroy has appeared in six seasons: Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Roanoke, and Cult. Nicks appeared as the White Witch during Coven.
Meanwhile… Paulson’s Billie Dean Howard appeared in Murder House, and her Cordelia Foxx appeared in Coven. Peters played ghostly teen Tate Langdon in Murder House and fraternity president Kyle Spencer in Coven. Lange’s Constance Langdon appeared in Murder House, while Bates and Roberts joined the franchise during Coven as Madame Delphine LaLaurie and Madison Montgomery, respectively.
Oh, and did I mention that Paulson will also be playing a new character named Venable? Here’s hoping each of Paulson’s characters has their own contract…