We're impressed with just how much Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have stepped up their American Horror Story: Apocalypse promo game in the past week, giving us actual set photos of real people (see below, and that was said with love and a wink) and – as we can see in the newest clip – teasers that speak directly to the season's title. Clearly, the horror anthology's upcoming Murder House/Coven crossover eighth season (check out our Twisty the Clown theory) will connect to Cody Fern's adult Michael Langdon – and clearly this kid wasn't in his "happy place" before he made his wish and blew out the candles. Helluva' pair of lungs on that kid:
FX also revealed the the titles and creative teams behind the first two episodes of American Horror Story: Apocalypse:
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.
Murphy took to Twitter on Sunday to post a Coven cast reunion pic from the set of American Horror Story: Apocalypse: Stevie Nicks, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, and Taissa Farmiga.
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, Lange, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, Roberts, 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.