Combine our professional obsession with uber-creative genius Ryan Murphy (Glee, Pose, and a billion more) with our love for 80's horror/slasher films, and it's easy to understand why we were so excited for FX's American Horror Story: 1984. Turns out we weren't the only ones, as the anthology series saw not only a growth in its ratings but also in its overall energy and vibe – so much so that FX announced on Thursday that it plans on keeping American Horror Story around for three more seasons.
That means viewers will have Seasons 11-13 to continue stitching together all of the season's connectors (us included) – and it looks like we're going to have Sarah Paulson around for it. The AHS mainstay confirmed at FX's Television Critics Association winter press event that she would be returning to the horror anthology series – and not as a guest star:
"I can confirm that I will be in next season. I have no idea what it will be… But I'm not coming back as a guest part, I will be a central character."
As for those three additional season that were announced? Paulson sounds open to it…
"God willing, I have no idea. But I do know that I did ask Ryan if the question was asked to me, could I say that I was coming back and he said, 'Yes, you can say.' So yes, I will be back on 'American Horror Story.'"
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."
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.