Last night's American Horror Story season finale was perplexing for a lot of fans of the show, leaping forward in time and going even crazier than it had previously, in a way that seemed to limit the stories it could tell in the future. Turns out, there's a very good reason for that. In a conference call today (via Vulture), the hsow's creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk announced that next season of the show will tell a completely different story, and won't even be set in the location. Here's how Murphy explained it:

"Next year of the show will be a different haunting. The next season of the show will be a brand new home or building to haunt."

The "or building" part of that is most intriguing, suggesting they might not even focus on a regular single-family haunted house, but an apartment building, or college dorm, or mental hospital, or… well, you can probably imagine the possibilities for creepy haunted places. American Horror Story was renewed early on in its first season, after it had already become a buzzy success, and it will be returning to FX at an unspecified time next year.

If you don't want to watch the show without Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton, though, don't worry-- Murphy says some cast members are set to return, and he's in negotiations with others, saying that he'd love those actors or Jessica Lange to return. But none of them will be playing the same characters-- the Harmon story we've been told for this entire season is completely over.

It's exceedingly rare for a show to launch an entirely new narrative in a new season, and it's definitely a gamble. What do you guys think of American Horror Story's reboot tactic? Does this help make sense out of the finale, and will you be more likely to tune in next year?

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