If you are a devoted American Horror Story fan here’s the good news – AHS will be back on the small screen in less than a month!
Yes, in just a few short weeks the seventh season will premiere and we can confirm that there will be 11 dark episodes to sink your teeth into this year. Earlier this year the hit show was also renewed for an eighth and ninth season (2018 and 2019) so you won’t have to give up your favorite series just yet. AHS isn’t slowing down and if the teasers for this instalment are anything to go by, it might just be the scariest season yet.
American Horror Story, which began in 2011 with Murder House, has become a favorite with viewers all over the world and this season features one the most enticing themes since Freak Show. The seventh season, set to air on the 5th September 2017, is entitled Cult and early art teasers suggested that bees and clowns might have a presence in the story, but this is unconfirmed. We do know series co-creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that the season will be connected to Freak Show but set in the modern day. In February this year, Murphy announced that the season will have a political theme, revolving around the 2016 U.S. Election.
Here are some of the actors that have confirmed that they will return for the latest instalment of AHS (and five who will not be back this time):
15 Evan Peters Is Confirmed For AHS: Cult
Evan Peters has been with American Horror Story from the beginning and has become a firm fan favorite. AHS would just not be the same without him so we are pleased to report that he will be back for the seven season. In AHS: Cult, Peters will play a major role and it seems like his character and Sarah Paulson’s character will be romantically involved. This will be the second time in the series that Peters and Paulson will play love interests – the first time was in AHS: Roanoke.
While he can’t give away too much of the plot at this time Evan has teased audiences about the upcoming season, saying, “It's definitely going to be a different season”. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait to see him again!
14 Lena Dunham Is Set To Make Her AHS Debut
We know that the creators of AHS love to include controversial figures in the show, but the announcement that Girls star Lena Dunham would join the cast didn’t sit well with many fans. The reactions were mixed after the announcement and while some people praised Ryan Murphy’s decision to include Dunham others were outraged and predicted that it could signal the beginning of the end for the franchise.
We are not quite sure what the creators have in mind for her just yet, but there are rumors circulating that her character will die in the first episode. We know that with AHS there are always a few surprises and we hope that her participation will prove the naysayers wrong because we just couldn’t live with AHS.
13 No Lady Gaga This Season
I must be honest – when I heard that Lady Gaga would be starring in AHS: Hotel I wasn’t sure that I would watch it. Not that I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga or anything but I just wasn’t sure about her acting ability. Needless to say, she blew me away and AHS: Hotel has since become one of my favorite seasons. I was thrilled that she returned as the witch Scathach for AHS: Roanoke and hopeful that she would return again for the next season, but sadly Ryan Murphy has confirmed that she will not have a part in AHS: Cult due to tour and film commitments.
The good news is that both Murphy and Gaga have stated that she is interested in joining future seasons so let’s hold thumbs for the next one!
12 Leslie Grossman Will Appear In AHS For The First Time
In May 2017 the announcement was made that Leslie Grossman would be joining the cast of AHS: Cult. Grossman is best known for her role as Mary Cherry on The WB television drama Popular and as Lauren on The WB comedy What I Like About You. She has also made appearances on shows like Nip/Tuck, Charmed, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Greys Anatomy, and 2 Broke Girls. She had small roles in films such as Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, Running With Scissors (uncredited), Itty Bitty Titty Committee, and Spring Breakdown.
There is no news yet as to what character she will play, but Ryan Murphy only seems to have praise for her, describing her as “one of the funniest and most talented ladies I know“, so let’s see what she can do.
11 Series Regular Sarah Paulson Will Return Again
Like Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson has been with American Horror Story since Season 1 and fans would be devastated if she decided to quit the series. Thankfully, that is not the case this year. Paulson, who has been nominated for four Primetime Emmys for her roles in the show, will appear in AHS: Cult playing a character called Ally who will be romantically involved with Evan Peters character.
Sarah started with a small role in Murder House as Billie Dean Howard and only appeared in three episodes. In seasons two, three and four, she appeared in almost every episode playing a reporter, witch, and conjoined twin respectively. For Hotel she played Sally McKenna in nine episodes and Billie Dean Howard for one episode. Last year for AHS: Roanoke she again had a starring role and looks set to take the lead again in Cult.
10 Colton Haynes Is An AHS Newbie
This will be the first time that Colton Haynes will be appearing in American Horror Story although he has worked with Ryan Murphy in the past. He played the role of Tyler in Season 2 of Scream Queens and appeared in two episodes. This young actor – who started his career as a model – is perhaps best known playing the role of Jackson Whittemore in MTV's supernatural drama series Teen Wolf. He also starred as Roy Harper/Arsenal in the show Arrow.
In AHS: Cult he is set to play a character called Detective Samuels and so far that’s all we know. But if his previous performances are anything to go by Haynes could become a fan favorite in no time! Let’s see what he can do in the dark and creepy world of AHS…
9 Billie Lourd Joins AHS
Billie Lourd will be joining AHS for the first time, so for those of you who don’t know who she is, here is a little background info.
Billie (25) is the only child of actress Carrie Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd. She only began acting a few years ago, but so far has three film credits under her belt - Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Billionaire Boys Club, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She is best known for her role as Chanel #3 in the horror-comedy series Scream Queens – also a Ryan Murphy show.
So far we know that she will have a main role in AHS: Cult and will be playing a character called Winter Anderson. She is definitely an up and coming star so keep your eyes on her.
8 Emma Roberts Is Back
Emma Roberts first joined AHS for Coven as the gorgeous but evil teenage witch Madison Montgomery. She returned as Maggie Esmerelda for Freak Show but we’ve been missing her for the last two seasons as she was working on other projects. Fans were over the moon when Variety reported earlier this week that Emma Roberts will be returning for Cult. Her character name has not been announced yet, but we sincerely hope that she will have a leading role (and survive until the end of the season!)
Emma has been busy during her absence, working on Scream Queens and two new movies: Nerve (released in 2016) and Billionaire Boys Club (still in post-production). All we can say is that we hope Ryan Murphy can hold on to her for the upcoming seasons too!
7 Come Back Kathy Bates – AHS Needs You!
For the first time since Season 3, Kathy Bates will not appear in American Horror Story. It’s going to be hard to watch a season without her but hopefully, the creators will find a way to fill the void.
Since her first appearance as Marie Delphine LaLaurie, this veteran actress has become one of the cornerstones of the AHS world. She wowed audiences with her performances throughout the series so it’s sad that she couldn’t make it back this year. The reason for her decision was a scheduling conflict with her other Netflix series Disjointed. Bates is very much in demand so let's hope that AHS will be able to secure her for the upcoming seasons. She’s taken over the AHS matriarch role since Jessica Lange left and we think the show really needs her.
6 Alison Pill Is Set To Join The AHS Family
Another newcomer to the world of AHS this season will be Canadian-American actress Alison Pill. And while she may be new to the AHS world she’s certainly no fledgling when it comes to acting.
Pill started her acting career at the age of 12 and has dozens of film, theatre, and tv credits. Her breakout role as a mature actor came when in 2006 with the TV series The Book of Daniel. In that same year, she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Since then she has enjoyed prominent roles in films like Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Zoo, and the television series In Treatment.
5 Zachary Quinto Is Focused On Other Projects
I know we are all dying for Zachary Quinto to return the AHS fold, but it doesn’t look like our wish is going to come true anytime soon.
Zachary first appeared in AHS in Season One in a minor recurring role and was promoted to a main cast member for the second season when he became the doctor everyone loved to hate. Quinto has a lot going on and seems to have moved on from the series. In an interview with MTV, he said, "I haven’t had any conversations about going back to American Horror Story and I’m focused on a lot of other things right now, so I think the timing probably wouldn’t work out at this point.”
But this is AHS so never say never – maybe there will be a part for him in the future.
4 Taissa Farmiga Has Not Confirmed That She Will Appear
Sorry to break it to you, but it doesn’t look like Taissa Farmiga will be returning for AHS: Cult. The young actress, who stole our hearts as Violet Harmon in Murder House and Zoe Benson in Coven, has not announced that she will be making an appearance in this season but you never know. We were all surprised to see her pop up in the 9th episode of AHS: Roanoke so there is always the possibility that she will do so again.
There were also persistent rumors that Taissa’s older sister, Academy Award-nominated actress Vera Farmiga (who you’ll remember from Bates Motel and The Conjuring) would appear in Season 7 of AHS but Entertainment Weekly confirmed in July this year that this is not true.
3 Cheyenne Jackson Will Be Back
Love him or hate him Cheyenne Jackson is back and in this season he is set to play a character called Dr. Rudy Vincent. Jackson, an American actor, and singer-songwriter, first joined the AHS family during the 5th season when he played the character, Will Drake. He returned for AHS: Roanoke as Sidney Aaron James and has confirmed that he will return for the latest instalment.
You might be surprised to learn that this talented guy not only has a host of TV and movie credits under his belt. He has also played lead roles in several Broadway musicals and sold out Carnegie Hall not once, but twice, in 2010 and again in 2011. He also performs in cabaret so maybe this season AHS will give us a glimpse into his singing talents?
2 Billy Eichner In American Horror Story: Cult?
Yip, you read that right – Billy Eichner in American Horror Story. It’s hard to believe I know, it doesn’t seem like the type of show you’d expect to see him in but it’s been confirmed that funnyman Billy will play a character named Harrison Wilton in AHS: Cult and it’s rumored that this character will be close to Sarah Paulson’s character although we still don’t know how they will be connected.
While AHS had moments of dark humor in the past we’re quite sure that this will be a more serious role for Billy and we are excited to see what he’s going to do with it. Provided he doesn’t die in the first episode that is, and knowing the series creator’s penchant for these types of things that’s definitely a possibility. You’ll need to watch to find out.
1 Still No Jessica Lange This Season
All right – break out the tissues because here is the saddest news for AHS: Cult- Jessica Lange won’t be back. Of course, the show can go on without her, but it’s just not the same is it?
Lange joined AHS in Season 1 and although she was originally given a supporting role Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk expanded her part after she acquired the role because of the way audiences responded to her. She returned for lead roles in Alsyum, Coven, and Freak Show. She opted out of Hotel, allowing Lady Gaga to take on the leading lady role and didn’t return for Roanoke. And it’s been confirmed that she will not appear in Season 7 either.
So will she ever return to AHS? Not likely. She has stated that her days of AHS are now behind her.