Will Season 9 be the last season of American Horror Story?
No! Back in August, FX renewed the show for a Season 10, so no matter what happens this coming year, American Horror Story will return in 2020.
Who's returning from the previous seasons, and who will join the cast?
No official announcements have been made, but it's safe to assume that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will return; both actors have been in every previous season, often in multiple roles per year, so we can't imagine they'd dip out now. Although if one of them were to take a break, it would be Peters, who was pretty vocal last year about the emotional toll the show has taken on him.
"It's been all a massive stretch for me and really difficult to do," Peters recently told GQ about playing his many AHS characters. "It's hurting my soul and Evan as a person. There's this massive amount of rage that's been called upon from me, and the emotional stuff that's been called on me for Pose [the other show he does with Murphy] has been heartbreaking, and I'm sick. I don't feel good."
That doesn't mean he's leaving the show, but it could mean some lighter fare for Peters in the coming seasons, more in the vein of his goofy Apocalypse characters, Mr. Gallant and Jeff Pfister.
As for other returning actors, we'd bet on Emma Roberts, Leslie Grossman, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, and Billie Lourd returning in some fashion; all of them appeared in both Cult and Apocalypse, and appear to be Murphy's new set of favorites. Kathy Bates and Lily Rabe also pop in every other season or so, so they're likely to make appearances, too.
No word on new cast members, but Murphy tends to add one or two big-name stars every year, so we're sure he won't break that trend going forward.
Sadly, despite a quick guest appearance last year, we're pretty sure Jessica Lange is done.