UPDATE: According to Entertainment Weekly, that may not be Sarah Paulson's Cordelia after all – but instead a third and new character for the actress: Venable, who apparently runs a lottery to determine who gets to live through the "end of days."
Just when we're going around yesterday bragging about how Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have stepped up their American Horror Story: Apocalypse promo game, they're raising it to a whole new level with their newest teaser — courtesy of Sarah Paulson's Coven Supreme Cordelia Foxx. With the horror anthology's upcoming Murder House/Coven crossover eighth season (check out our Twisty the Clown theory) set to premiere on September 12th, Cordelia is making us an offer we probably shouldn't refuse:
"Now is your chance to be one of the few remaining. This is your chance to survive. We'll find you soon."
Here's the cool part: if you follow the link thebeginningisnear.tv, you'll have a chance to enter to win an "exclusive AHS: Apocalypse experience."
But the more things change… here's our next round of deeply symbolic teasers, already in progress:
Murphy took to Twitter on Sunday to post a Coven cast reunion pic from the set of American Horror Story: Apocalypse: 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, 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.