For longtime fans of American Horror Story, the latest season of the FX horror anthology series was the season everyone had been waiting for. Set in the days and months following a worldwide nuclear apocalypse, American Horror Story: Apocalypse gave us an epic crossover between several of the show’s previous seasons, connecting the previously separate installments into one deeply twisty mythology. From witchy resurrections to time travel to the literal “son” of the devil, Apocalypse was horror on a cosmic scale.
If you missed the show’s original airing — or just want to rewatch — we have both good news and bad news. Let’s tackle the bad news first: there is currently no publicly scheduled release date for Apocalypse to start streaming on Netflix. But there’s plenty of good news to balance that out! As Deadline reported in February 2018, creator Ryan Murphy inked an exclusive deal with the streaming giant that includes plenty of new stories in the future, as well as streaming rights to his existing catalog — of which American Horror Story is the crown jewel.
Although Netflix and FX have not announced their release plans for the show’s intense eighth season, the release patterns of the past can probably give us some sort of idea. In general, Netflix seems to release each season a little over a year after its FX airing, usually right after the next new season debuts on television. For instance, Apocalypse debuted on Sept. 12, 2018, and the 2017 installment, Cult, became available on Netflix only six days later. Going by this metric, it seems likely that the eighth season, Apocalypse, will probably be held from Netflix until season nine premieres.
And yes, there will be a ninth season — and a 10th, too! Deadline reported back in August 2018 that FX had greenlit two more seasons of American Horror Story, rather than the typical process of ordering just one new season at a time. As per usual, though, details are scarce about the upcoming seasons besides the fact that they will, at some point, exist. There are also rumors floating around that the 10th season would be American Horror Story‘s last one. Is that true?
“I don’t know,” FX CEO John Landgraf told Deadline. “A lot of that comes down to Ryan and whether he still feels inspired about it. I think the eighth cycle, which is currently in production, is awesome and crazy, and I think the fans will really like it. Part of what’s cool about American Horror Story is its anthology nature. So it comes down to whether Ryan and his collaborators, like [showrunner] Tim Minear, could come up with stories that they are excited about.”
The theme for even the ninth season has not yet been announced, although there are already plenty of theories about what could possibly happen when the horror series returns to our screens. Especially in a post-Apocalypse universe, now that crossovers between seasons are now possible and multiple creepy stories can exist in the same universe, anything is possible. While we wait for more news on Apocalypse‘s Netflix release date, all seven of the previous seasons are available for streaming and analyzing for clues as to where the series might go next!