What will the plot be about?
In April 2019, Murphy shared that the title and theme for Season 9 is AHS: 1984. The announcement was made with a teaser trailer he posted to social media featuring a woman dressed in a very '80s ensemble frantically running in the woods from a creepy man wielding a knife. Based on the short clip and the series' title, it’s likely the forthcoming installment will focus at least in part on the slasher horror genre that ruled much of the period and 1984 specifically with the release of films like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Of course, each season of AHS has several subplots, which we can only speculate about at this point. But despite the lack of concrete details, fans have wasted no time theorizing about where things might be headed. Murphy is known for hiding clues about the next season in the one currently airing, and as many eagled-eyed viewers noticed, Apocalypse had a lot of references to space travel and aliens. The Carpenters' "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" was heavily featured in the season, as were multiple references to Russia. These clues could point to a take on the Space Race, which seems possible if the season is set in the '80s.
While many fans were hoping for a continuation of Apocalypse with Season 9, that doesn't appear to be happening. Don't fret, though, because we do know that popular Coven characters will be back eventually, just not this time around.
Something else of note is the years-long theory that every season of American Horror Story represents a circle of Hell from Dante Alighieri's Inferno. This theory was backed up by Murphy, who posted the theory on Instagram and captioned it: "Interesting."