Well, that didn't take long! Ryan Murphy promised American Horror Story fans a tenth season that was going to be jam-packed with returning faces, and now he's putting his Instagram post where his mouth is. On Wednesday morning, the series co-creator revealed that Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, and Finn Wittrock. In addition, Macaulay Culkin will be joining the AHS universe for the first time.
Here's a look at Murphy's announcement video – and as for the season's theme? Time to start analyzing the beach scene below and the selection of Orville Peck's Dead of Night:
Calling Murphy and series co-creator Brad Falchuk, "the undisputed masters of horror TV, having created the anthological limited series with American Horror Story and sustaining its success for nearly a decade as FX's highest-rated series", FX Networks Chairman John Landgraf had this to say about the network renewing the popular series:
"AHS has showcased a wealth of award-winning actors since day one and we appreciate the contributions of everyone, including Ryan, Brad, and fellow executive producers Tim Minear, James Wong, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Bradley Buecker, the writers, directors, cast and crew for each new, unforgettable installment of American Horror Story."
"American Horror Story: 1984": The Bleeding Cool Reviews
When we reviewed season opener "Camp Redwood," we made a connection to both Shaun of the Dead and The Cabin in the Woods when describing how the season's initial tone and vibe made us feel. Then "Slashdance" happened and… wow. We're talking false identities, double-crosses, hidden alliances, impalements, and our first major counselor "death" (sorry, Ray).
"Red Dawn" got our brains back into "WTF?!?" conspiracy theory mode… then "Episode 100" celebrated the franchise milestone with an episode that time-jumped to 1989 – and tied all nine seasons together.
From there, "The Lady in White" offered previously-unrevealed backstory on the bloody history of Camp Redwood, and who the true "big bad" was in Richter's life.
Last week brought us the season's penultimate episode "Rest in Pieces", where the past proved to be the biggest of "big bads" for a number of our favorites… and "guilty favorites".
Which brought things full cricle with season finale "Final Girl"… the last time we'll be treated to Matthew Morrison's furry friend "Tom" and as close to a "happily ever after" as the AHS universe will allow.