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Apocalypse is the subtitle for the eigth season of American Horror Story. The season premiered on FX on September 12, 2018. The season is the highly anticipated crossover between Murder House and Coven, bringing back fan-favorite characters from both seasons along with new characters. Jessica Lange guest-starred in a special capacity. New prominent additions to the cast were Cody Fern, Joan Collins, and Billy Porter.
The season was nominated for five Emmy Awards.
After the nuclear apocalypse, the world’s chosen elite survive in secure outposts created by the mysterious Cooperative. On the American West Coast, Ms. Wilhemina Venable (Sarah Paulson) and Ms. Miriam Mead (Kathy Bates) run Outpost Three with an iron fist. The unexpected arrival of Michael Langdon (Cody Fern), a Cooperative representative determined to save society with a secret paradise, throws their order into chaos. However, underneath the surface of humanity’s salvation lies a battlefield for the final conflict between good and evil.
Cast and Characters
- Sarah Paulson as Ms. Wilhemina Venable, Cordelia Goode and Billie Dean Howard
- Evan Peters as Mr. Gallant, Jeff Pfister, Tate Langdon and James March
- Adina Porter as Dinah Stevens
- Billie Lourd as Mallory
- Leslie Grossman as Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt
- Cody Fern as Michael Langdon
- Emma Roberts as Madison Montgomery
- Cheyenne Jackson as John Henry Moore
- and Kathy Bates as Ms. Miriam Mead and Delphine LaLaurie
- Joan Collins as Evie Gallant and Bubbles McGee
- Kyle Allen as Timothy Campbell
- Ash Santos as Emily
- Billy Eichner as Brock and Mutt Nutter
- Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman as Andre Stevens
- Erika Ervin as The Fist
- Billy Porter as Behold Chablis
- Jon Jon Briones as Ariel Augustus
- BD Wong as Baldwin Pennypacker
- Naomi Grossman as Samantha Crowe
- Carlo Rota as Anton LaVey
- Harriet Sansom Harris as Madelyn
- Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow and Moira O'Hara
- Lily Rabe as Misty Day
- Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie
- Jamie Brewer as Nan
- Stevie Nicks as herself
- Lance Reddick as Papa Legba
- Taissa Farmiga as Zoe Benson and Violet Harmon
- Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon
- Dylan McDermott as Ben Harmon
- Riley Schmidt as Rubber Man
- Mena Suvari as Elizabeth Short
- Sam Kinsey as Beauregard Langdon
- with Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau
- and Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon
|The End||1||September 12, 2018||Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
|The Morning After||2||September 19, 2018||James Wong||Jennifer Lynch|
|Forbidden Fruit||3||September 26, 2018||Manny Coto||Loni Peristere|
|Could It Be... Satan?||4||October 3, 2018||Tim Minear||Sheree Folkson|
|Boy Wonder||5||October 10, 2018||John J. Gray||Gwyneth Horder-Payton|
|Return to Murder House||6||October 17, 2018||Crystal Liu||Sarah Paulson|
|Traitor||7||October 24, 2018||Adam Penn||Jennifer Lynch|
|Sojourn||8||October 31, 2018||Joshua Green||Bradley Buecker|
|Fire and Reign||9||November 7, 2018||Asha Michelle Wilson||Jennifer Arnold|
|Apocalypse Then||10||November 14, 2018||Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk||Bradley Buecker|
Ryan Murphy revealed the first details of the forthcoming eighth installment when speaking to the press at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. The showrunner said the eighth season will be set in "the near-distant future. It's a projection story." Ryan Murphy later added it will take place "18 months from today".
At an Emmy FYC panel for the latest season, subtitled Cult, Murphy revealed that Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Billy Eichner, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, and Leslie Grossman will feature in the eighth season, and that in addition to their roles on the series, Paulson and Peters will each make their directorial debuts (though the latter ultimately did not). Ryan Murphy also revealed that three of the leads are minorities.
Murphy later said he is in talks with Anjelica Huston for an unspecified role, and that Kathy Bates will also return after her one-year hiatus from the AHS Repertory Company. Always during the Emmy FYC panel, Murphy revealed Peters' character will be a hairdresser, and Dame Joan Collins will be playing his grandmother. Actress Joan Collins confirmed her involvement via Twitter.
Filming began around June 16, 2018.
Murphy has promised that fan favorites will return and many of the witches from Coven have been asked to return.  On June 17, Emma Roberts announced her return as Madison Montgomery  and Sarah Paulson announced that Cordelia Foxx will be back. 
Murphy also addressed online rumors that season 8 might be titled "Radioactive". Says the producer, "I heard about that rumor. Well, that's based on a fact that we've cleared a lot of titles for that show. It's an interesting idea. I can neither confirm nor deny."
Murphy also revealed to EW that his long-time star (and muse) Sarah Paulson would have a very specific look for this installment. "Sarah Paulson is very excited about the dental appliances she will be wearing on the show," teases Murphy.
On August 7, 2018, Ryan Murphy revealed that Stevie Nicks, Lily Rabe, Gabourey Sidibe, Frances Conroy, and Taissa Farmiga will all return for Apocalypse. They will all reprise their role as the witches from Coven.
In the second half of August 2018, more information about Murder House connections were released. First, the return of American Horror Story alumna Jessica Lange, who would reprise her Emmy-winning role as Constance Langdon from the first season.  It was later revealed that Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott will be returning for Apocalypse, reprising their roles as Vivien and Ben Harmon. Taissa Farmiga will also reprise her role of Violet Harmon in addition to Zoe, joined by Evan Peters in his role of Tate Langdon, among other new characters.
On September 5, 2018, Dame Joan Collins revealed in an interview with Larry King that she will be playing "at least, three to four different roles", implying a trichotomy to the season's plot structure.
Promotional posters on Twitter and Instagram reveal the post-apocalyptic ruins of locations featured in every past season: The Murder House, Briarcliff Manor, Miss Robichaux's Academy, Fraulein Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities, the Hotel Cortez, the Roanoke Estate, and Brookfield Heights, implying that every season will be interconnected this season.