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Even though American Horror Story just finished up one of its most unique seasons in terms of storytelling doesn’t mean that Ryan Murphy is already looking ahead to future seasons. The show, which has been renewed through 2019, has generated a lot of buzz for FX over the years, and one of the upcoming seasons involving a crossover between the first season (Murder House) and the third season (Coven) is sure to build on the buzz. Executive producer and co-creator Ryan Murphy spoke to Entertainment Weekly about what to expect from the future installment.
Unfortunately for fans, they’re going to have to wait to see the crossover season, as Murphy said it’s not happening anytime soon. As a way to make up for crushing the dreams of fans, he did say that “It’s a character from season 1 that will be thrust into the world that you are left with at the end of Coven, which is sort of like the male/female/witch academy. And then all of those characters will intertwine, which is confusing because some of them are from seasons one and three. Like, Sarah Paulson will probably be playing 18 characters.”
It’s no surprise that Paulson will be featured so heavily in the crossover season. She’s been a part of the show since the first season. Paulson, along with Evan Peters, who has also been featured prominently on the show since it first started back in 2011, will be back for the upcoming seventh season, the theme of which is being kept secret, similarly to the way the theme was kept secret for the sixth season.
FX CEO John Landgraf also chimed in about the upcoming installments of American Horror Story when the additional two seasons of the show were picked up during the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour last week, saying “We know explicitly what next season is about, which is seven, but we don’t know what the eighth and ninth seasons are about. We’re extending it out of trust and goodwill but also, Ryan made a commitment that he would continue to run that show and that he would be involved as he has been in the past with… designing and building the show from the ground up. So I honestly couldn’t tell you what seasons 8 or 9 (could) be, but I can only tell you that I’m really excited about season 7 and I’m utterly confident that seasons 8 and 9 will be equally original and interesting.”
Next up for Murphy and FX is the premiere of Feud, his latest anthology series on the cable network. The premise of the show is to look into famous feuds in Hollywood. The first season will focus on the feud between Bette Davis (being portrayed by Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (being portrayed by Jessica Lange) that took place on the set of the 1962 movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.
Feud premieres on FX on Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. There’s no official release date for the seventh season of American Horror Story, but it will likely premiere in the fall.