Spoilers for American Horror Story: Apocalypse lie ahead.
So, we’ve got chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, and something something about “Yuletide carols”? Ugh, disgusting.
With the killer finale of American Horror Story: Apocalypse finally aired, it’s safe to say 2018’s Halloween season has come to a close—and for us goblins and ghouls still clutching our moldy pumpkins, that pretty well sucks.
But never fear, spooky friends. All Hallow’s Eve will come again and with it AHS will return for not only a Season 9, but also a Season 10.
Sure, the blood of Our Depraved Lord and Savior Michael Langdon is still fresh on the asphalt. But fans already have big hopes for the next two installments and it’s never too early to dream of nightmares yet to come.
Here are some of the most talked about fan-requested themes for next year’s hellish plot line in ascending order of desirability.
I can almost see the promotional posters now…
5. American Horror Story: Urban Legends
They should make and American horror story based around popular urban legends like Bloody Mary or the boogie man or slenderman
— • 𝔸𝕝𝕖𝕩𝕒 • (@alexacolwell) September 2, 2016
Ever since that terrifying pig scared the life out of Modern Family‘s Cam in AHS Season 1, fans have been begging for the appearance of more urban legends. If there was ever a time to grant that wish, Season 9 is it.
The ever-evolving online community of Creepypasta continues to provide heaps of fodder for scary story lovers and production studios alike. Releases like Sony’s Slender Man are achieving solid box office success, but the internet trend of grassroots legend creation could lose steam at any time. Should creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk want to get in on this tense cyber mood, we’d recommend they do it sooner rather than later.
4. American Horror Story: Frozen
No, not the “let it go” kind. Although, that would be fun too.
From Louisiana to California, AHS’s settings have remained on the toastier side. (Sure, we had that brief stint in Massachusetts, but Asylum feels like ages ago.) Season 9 could revitalize the series’ aesthetic and ambiance by adjusting the thermostat and taking our cast of favorites to an arctic tundra.
Dangerously low temperatures have a lengthy and successful history in horror. Jack Torrance iconically froze to death in The Overlook Hotel’s hedge maze, Krampus aka demonic Santa has championed numerous stories, and the history of the abominable snowman spans centuries.
AHS creators have a whole lot to work with here. Fingers crossed they come up with some snowy scares enticing enough to get their crew into long underwear.
3. American Horror Story: Shipwreck
For too many seasons, fans have been certain AHS was headed under the sea only to then be brutally disheartened by yet another landlocked saga.
But, if you will, picture this. Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Billy Eichner, and whoever else FX rehires struggling to survive a grisly Gilligan’s Island reboot. Imagine the psychological torture, the in-fighting, the demon mermaids, the sunburn.
Rough waters should lie ahead for the AHS crew, if only because there is simply too much terror on the open sea for Murphy and Falchuk to pass up.
2. American Horror Story: Summer Camp
We’ve gotten menacing camp vibes from American Horror Story before—shout out to Twisty’s cool-as-hell trailer setup in Freak Show—but the series has never fully committed to this sleepaway slasher trope.
“I’d even have it set IN the 80s (so you get your period piece),” one Redditor pitches. “You get the tragic backstory of a Jason Voorhees-esque killer who is unrelenting, terrifying, and super strong; you get to include a killer 80s soundtrack and any musical numbers and make super meta jokes about what to expect in the future… I just think it could be really fun and given the show being on FX, you could REALLY get creative and gruesome with the deaths.”
Yes. That. One, please.
1. American Horror Story: Apocalypse Part 2 aka Coven Part 3
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Surprisingly, the finale of Apocalypse managed to tie up nearly all of this season’s numerous dangling plot lines and that almost certainly means an unprecedented two-season continuation is out of the question. But then again…
The twist at the end of Season 8’s Episode 10, revealing the birth of yet another Antichrist on Earth, does beg for a follow-up. Can the coven beat the devil a second time? Will two Supremes be able to coexist? How long will Madison be stuck in Hell? And, for the love of Satan, is anyone going to murder the bowl cut boys?
We’ve got months to dredge through before we know the theme of American Horror Story: Season 9. But with an fanbase as active as this one, there will be plenty to obsesses over in the meantime.
Now, enjoy Thanksgiving or whatever—and let the rewatching begin.
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