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This is the time of year when we're usually gabby about how ridiculous the upcoming season of American Horror Story is going to be, but those conversations have been stalled by a lack of information about Season 6. And so now the temporary focus shifts to how long this genre-bending river of chaos will be around for viewers to hoot and holler at. We've heard from FX's boss man, and now co-creator Ryan Murphy has spoken up about where he sees the show and its interconnectivity going in the future.
You'll see it this season, and then you'll really see it after this season. We lay a lot of pipe, and you'll see it explode in seasons seven and eight. They haven't officially been picked up yet by John Landgraf --- he and I always talk at the end of the year and decide how many we want to do. But John has always said, and I have always agreed, that this is a show that could be like The Twilight Zone and run for multiple, multiple seasons and have its own inner mythology. So that's how we're approaching it. I'll keep doing it for as long as we have the ideas and the momentum. I really love doing it.
We all know that Ryan Murphy is a little bit of a mad-man, but he's not an ignorant or ill-prepared one. While American Horror Story may have started off with standalone seasons in mind, Murphy & Co. have laid out some interesting crossover moments over the past few years, and apparently the plan is to make a lot more of those happen.
John Landgraf has said that if Murphy keeps conceiving workable ideas for future seasons, the network will likely be there to air them, and if another two seasons are already being considered, then we'll almost definitely see three more seasons of American Horror Story at the very least. I'm a little worried about what it means for the crossover potential to "explode" in future seasons, but if it means we'll get to see the Expendables/Legends of Tomorrow version of this twisted universe, I am so very down. Let's get Mr. March, Nan, Chicken Man Stanley and a couple of choice others in for an all-star season.
If you've already figured that FX will keep American Horror Story on the air for all eternity, then perhaps the most interesting part of Ryan Murphy's answer to THR is his comparison to The Twilight Zone. Considering AHS will already surpass both iterations of the seminal anthology series when Season 6 gets here, one has to wonder why he brings up "multiple, multiple seasons." Could it be that American Horror Story is going to further decompress its format for multiple stories to be told each seasons? Could each episode have a different narrative?
It'd be a lot easier to speculate if Season 6 wasn't such a mystery still. While we know about several cast members returning, we don't know much about what they're returning to. (Although it might involve a lost colony.) A ton of teasers have come out so far, but all but one of them are completely fake. Unless that information is completely fake. Is anything real anymore?
American Horror Story: Mystery Alien Island Of Dr. Strangelove, or whatever it ends up being called, will debut on FX on Wednesday, September 14, at 10:00 p.m. ET. To see when everything else is hitting the small screen later this year, check out our fall TV schedule.