Less than two days after FX confirmed Connie Britton (Nashville) and Dylan McDermott (The Practice) would be returning to their original season 1 roles for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, series co-creator Ryan Murphy is giving us our first look at the pair's return to the scene of many crimes. Premiering on Wednesday, September 12th, the series' return sees a crossover between the Murder House first season and the Coven third season — which means Britton's Vivien Harmon and McDermott's Ben Harmon will be playing a major role in what lies ahead:
"Connie and Dylan. The Harmon's in their forever AHS home…Murder House."
And with that image comes another two Instagram posts, with this pair of teasers enticing us with images of some seriously burnt dolls and a red door that's best left closed — but is the devil you know always better than the devil you don't?
Murphy took to Twitter and Instagram earlier this 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.
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, Evan 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.