Ryan Murphy Posted the Biggest ‘American Horror Story’ Theme Clue Yet
Here's EVERYTHING we know about AHS Season 10.
Update, August 31st, 2020 12:45 p.m. ET: This story has been updated with Ryan Murphy's latest announcements about American Horror Story Season 10.
Slowly, but surely, details pertaining to American Horror Story Season 10 are being leaked to the public. Showrunner and creator Ryan Murphy may be the master of suspense, but not even he can keep mum about all the goodness to come in the 10th installment of the FX horror anthology series. Just this weekend, August 29th, he dropped a monster clue on Instagram that has fans' minds spinning.
Having collected tidbits of info from Murphy and some of the cast and crew, here’s what we know so far about the forthcoming AHS Season 10, what's going on with the release date amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and fan theories about the theme.
First thing’s first: Who the heck is in the cast?
Two words: family reunion. Although we like to see fresh faces on screen, as was the case in American Horror Story: 1984, we’re a sucker for old favorites. That’s why we almost lost our top when Sarah Paulson confirmed in January that she’d be returning to AHS (as a “central character”) in Season 10 after a not-so-brief hiatus.
And she’s not the only American Horror Story alum who will appear in the forthcoming season. Murphy released a cast list via Instagram in February:
Set to Orville Peck’s “Dead of Night,” Murphy confirmed the return of Paulson, Kathy Bates (phew), Evan Peters (phew!), Finn Wittrock, Billie Lourd, Lily Rabe, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman, and Angelica Ross.
Yes, Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, and Emma Roberts are all missing from the lineup. However, in our opinion, there’s still time for that cast list to be revised.
And we’re getting a brand new AHS star: Macaulay Culkin, whose name was the second to appear after Kathy Bates. Does this mean that Culkin will be front and center this season? Perhaps. Only time will tell.
What’s the theme of AHS Season 10?
Avid American Horror Story fans know that each season revolves around a specific theme. Last season, the show was set in the ’80s and took on a campy, teen horror movie vibe. The season called Cult was centered around a cult. And Hotel took place in a hotel—you get the picture.
So, what will AHS Season 10 bring to the table? Murphy knows. However, we don’t.
But don't worry. There are some major clues to the theme.
Over the weekend, Murphy posted an Instagram of a mouth with what looked like vampire teeth. In case there was any doubt, in his caption he wrote, "Yes, this is a clue."
Let's take those sharp teeth and combine it with the prior clues in the cast list announcement.
In the cast list video Murphy posted to Instagram, the names appear over black-and-white footage of a shoreline, telling us that Season 10 will most likely take place on, or near, a beach. Murphy confirmed it with another beachy clue on May 27th.
So, teeth plus Americana plus beach plus the creep factor equals…Jaws redux? Sirens? Evil mermaids? Vampires in an abandoned New England town? Add in one more thing: In March, he posted an Instagram with the caption, "Things are beginning to wash up on shore."
We do have one more clue from Murphy. When coronavirus delayed AHS Season 10, he told The Wrap that the season idea was "weather-dependent."
A *very* specific moment? It would make sense for it to be weather-dependent on summer, given the beach scene, but the specific moment is still a head-scratcher.
Will Season 10 be the last season?
No (and thank goodness for that). When Murphy talked to Deadline back in November 2019, he wasn’t sure if Season 10 would be American Horror Story’s last. He said that 1984 was the anthology’s most-streamed season, and because of that, there was talk of ending the show on a high note with a final 10th season.
But a higher power stepped in and buried that idea. In January 2020, FX higher ups renewed the contract between the network, Murphy, and co-creator Brad Falchuck, so that AHS would last for three more seasons.
So we can rest easy until AHS Season 13 rolls around. It would be almost too perfect to end such a series on Season 13—a notoriously ill-fated number, but it’s much too early to call that shot.
When will AHS Season 10 premiere?
Like basically everything else, American Horror Story Season 10 was delayed due to coronavirus. And while we don't have a release date yet, there is some good news from the showrunner. With his clue this weekend, he also said that production was starting up again soon.
"Looks like American Horror Story Season 10 is go for an October (fitting) production launch. Thanks to everyone who is working hard to assure a safe start for the cast and crew," Murphy wrote.
Originally published February 28th, 2020.