There's an old curse, widely believed to have originated in China, which goes something along the lines of 'may you live in interesting times'.
It's a phrase to be used ironically, the implication being that it's much better to live through an unremarkable (yet peaceful and tranquil) era than one that's fascinating (yet characterised by turmoil and upheaval). just ask any Leeds United fan, they'll tell you.
Well, take one look at the news on any given day and it appears 'interesting times' are where we currently find ourselves - which is why we need distraction. It's why we need great telly to get us through. And it's why this news should see fans of American Horror Story getting themselves all excited - yes, the witches from AHS: Coven are back.
The horror anthology series returns for a new outing next month, titled American Horror Story: Apocalypse, and for the first time in the show's history, it won't present a completely new story.
Instead, it's going to be a crossover between 2011's debut installment, Murder House, and 2013's third season Coven - and the extremely popular, fan-favoroute witches from the latter series are set to reappear on our TV screens.
The show's creator Ryan Murphy shared a photo from the set of Apocalypse, with proof of the witches' reunion - including the return of Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks.
Joining Nicks in the pic are actors Sarah Paulson (Cordelia Foxx), Taissa Farmiga (Zoe Benson), Emma Roberts (Madison Montgomery), Lily Rabe (Misty Day), Gabourey Sidibe (Queenie) and Frances Conroy (Myrtle Snow).
Fans responded exitedly, with one person tweeting: "Iconic already," while another added: "Lily Rabe smiling from ear to ear because The Coven is back together and she's holding queen Stevie Nick's hand is my current mood."
Further plot details about the new series remain under wraps, but fans have already begun to speculate that the new series could see the return of Michael Langdon - who initially appeared in Murder House as what seemed like an innocent child, but was later revealed to be the Anti-Christ. Yikes, tough break.
Michael Langdon. Credit: FX
Will that come to pass in the new season? Guess we'll have to wait and see, although comicbook.com confirms that a raft of stars from previous series - including Kathy Bates, Joan Collins and Jessica Lange - are all set to return for Apocalypse, so there's plenty to look forward to.
Maybe these interesting times aren't so bad after all...? Oh wait, it's a curse, isn't it? Well, that's jinxed it.
American Horror Story returns to TV screens via FX on 12 September.
Featured Image Credit: FX