Next 'American Horror Story' Season To Be Set In Future

Since launching on our screens back in 2011, cult favourite American Horror Story has proven so gripping that once we've started watching, we just can't stop - a craving that's only bolstered by the fact that creator Ryan Murphy likes to keep his cards close to his chest.

But now he's throwing the dog a bone, saying that the next season will actually be set in the future.

The trailer for the most recent AHS series. Credit: FX

Revealing all at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour in Pasadena, Murphy said: "All I'll say about it is I want to go to the future - still topical, but the future, which I've never done."

But what does 'the future' entail? How far into the future? On a scale of, like, tomorrow through to the next millennium, there's a lot of scope.

Space-age future? That would be weird.

"Not space."

Ah, okay.

Instead, according to Slash Film, he hinted that it's more likely to be Black Mirror-style future, perhaps set within 10 years or so.

"I pitched it to [FX chief] John Landgraf today right after his TCA panel, and he loved it, but he's asked me not to say what it is," Murphy continued.

"I told him and he fell out of his chair with joy. I think people will like it, it's different from what we've done before, but I always try and do the opposite of what I've done on that show."

Murphy has also teased us before by saying that all the seasons are linked, although many of us were left a bit baffled by the mystery.

He then posted on Instagram, his preferred form of communication, sharing a note from his iPhone that revealed a little more.

The note begins with the phrase: 'Nine circles of hell'. This is a reference to Inferno, by 14th century poet Dante Alighieri, which depicts hell as nine concentric circles of torment, located on Earth.

The nine circles are: limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery.

Together they are the realm "of those who have rejected spiritual values by yielding to bestial appetites or violence, or by perverting their human intellect to fraud or malice against their fellowmen."

Next to each of these circles, Murphy has listed which seasons apply to which circle.

Of course, that leaves lust and violence as the two remaining circles of hell - wonder which he'll be going for for season eight's 'near-future' premise?

Featured Image Credit: FX

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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