With seven seasons in the can, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story has delved into haunted houses, demons, witches, and perhaps most terrifying of all, the polarization of U.S. political discourse. Even though less than six months have passed since the ending of AHS: Cult, tentative details are already emerging about the incredibly secretive show.
According to Bloody Disgusting, we know three things:
1. Murphy says the story takes place in the “near future.”
2. Sarah Paulson’s signed up for another presumably starring role.
3. An industrious and likely kind of obsessed AHS fan found out 21st Century Fox has registered the trademark “American Horror Story: Radioactive.”
Keep in mind a media company as huge as Fox registers trademarks before they know if they’re ever going to use them on a routine basis. So while this info doesn’t confirm “Radioactive” is the title of the next AHS, it is a strong indicator that one of Fox’s lawyers thinks it might be the case.
— AHS LEAKS (@ahsleak) March 13, 2018
Given the nature of the series and the undead’s collective propensity for stumbling around post-apocalyptic wastelands, the obvious conclusion to draw here is the next AHS will have something or other to do with zombies. But I’m speculating to the contrary. After all, if you’re a Fox executive or Ryan Murphy, how much sense does it make to put together a zombie thing when The Walking Dead is still on the air?
I’d have an easier time believing AHS season eight borrows more from the Mad Max franchise than it hinges on brain-eating animated corpses. Then again, we don’t know what kind of monsters will emerge in real life when nuclear armageddon inevitably wipes out civilization. So assuming zombies are too played out to be the focal point of an AHS, that doesn’t mean some other kind of non-human creature(s?) won’t prey on its protagonists.
I guess we’ll wait and see, while keeping in mind that whatever unfolds probably won’t be as good as The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, easily the best thing Murphy’s ever done.