“American Horror Story” fans rejoice! Double Emmy winner Jessica Lange is heading back for the eighth season.
Sarah Paulson had the pleasure of announcing the news during a TCA press conference on Friday.
Lange returns to the anthology series for the first time since season 4. “American Horror Story” features a rotating cast of recurring stars in differently themed stories each season. In her four years, Lange played a not-so-friendly neighbor, a nun in an asylum, the leader of a coven of witches, and the owner of a so-named freak show.
The series features tie-ins and Easter eggs for fans, connecting the seasons in clever and interesting ways. Season 8, however, will be the first season that directly links two previous seasons: “Murder House” (season 1) and “Coven” (season 3). Lange is set to reprise her “Murder House” role as Constance Langdon. What this means for her “Coven” character remains to be seen.
The details of “Apocalypse” have been very slowly revealed over the past few weeks. The season is said to focus on Michael Langdon. In the first season, Michael was conceived when Constance’s deceased son, Tate, slept with the very much alive Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton). The infant, Michael, was essentially the spawn of a demon and that can’t lead to anything good.
There are probably several reasons the eighth season is called “Apocalypse.”
In fact, Sarah Paulson told the TCA crowd, “It’s the apocalypse in the truest sense of the word.”
Paulson confirmed Lange’s involvement in the season, saying that she will appear in the sixth episode. Paulson directs the episode.
In addition to the news about Lange’s return, FX has also confirmed an upcoming season ten of “American Horror Story.” Last year, following “Cult,” the network greenlit seasons eight and nine. Giving creator Ryan Murphy the go-ahead on season ten means that he has the freedom to further expand into more crossover characters, as he has long discussed.