Kathy Bates at the front desk in Hotel

Thanks to San Diego Comic-Con, we finally have the vaguest idea of what to expect from the seventh season of American Horror Story. The new season is titled Cult, and will be somehow related to the events of the 2016 Presidential Election. The characters and cast of Cult have been mostly kept under wraps, so many fans have been wondering if their favorites will be returning for Season 7. We now have a better idea, and it turns out that one of the most acclaimed and beloved AHS actresses won't be back for Cult: Kathy Bates.

This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter, which reports that a scheduling conflict is why Kathy Bates won't be back for a fifth consecutive season on American Horror Story. It turns out that filming for Bates' upcoming Netflix comedy Disjointed is what got in the way, as she'll be playing the lead on the 20 episodes of the first season. Disjointed unites Bates with comedy legend Chuck Lorre, and she will be playing the head honcho of a Los Angeles Marijuana Dispensary.

News of Katy Bates' departure from American Horror Story is sure to disappoint the fandom, who has seen Bates play a plethora of fascinating characters in her first four seasons. She made her debut back in Season 3's Coven, playing the horrifying racist Madame Lalaurie. Bates was a major get for the series, and added a significant amount of star-power to the anthology series. She went on to play more roles, alternating between villains and likable weirdos. Her work on AHS earned Kath Bates three Emmy nominations and one win.

While neither Kathy Bates nor Jessica Lange will be in American Horror Story: Cult, there quite a few mainstays of the series showing up once again. AHS legends Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will reportedly be playing the lead roles, once again playing opposite each other as romantic interests. Other returning actors are Frances Conroy (Seasons 1-4, 6), Cheyenne Jackson (Hotel, Roanoke), Adina Porter (Roanoke) and Mare Winningham (Seasons 3-5).

There are plenty of newcomers joining the American Horror Story family this year, including Scream Queens' Billie Lourde, Arrow's Colton Haynes, Lena Dunham, Billy Eichner, and Allison Pill (The Newsroom). Overall Cult seems to be somewhat of a game changer for the series, as its events will directly relate to modern politics, and the season will contain so many new actors.

It's unclear if FX and Ryan Murphy will release full blown trailers for American Horror Story: Cult. Last season is infamous for being a complete mystery to the fandom, only revealing its theme upon the first episode's premiere. Past seasons have been a bit more forthcoming, and it's unclear which strategy the AHS marketing team will settle on.

American Horror Story: Cult will premiere on September 5, 2017. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.

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