One of the tools in the American Horror Story arsenal has always been the series of arresting teaser trailers that proceed each season. Today brings us our first look at Season 8, Apocalypse, slated to return to FX this September-and it's a fabulous disaster. Teeming with devastation, extinction elements, and Satanic imagery, its enough to pique the interests of series newcomers and wayward fans alike. Give it a look-see for yourself at the bottom of the article; here's a breakdown:
First, we see a fetus connected by umbilicus to a beating heart; soon, a rot develops in the unborn child's hands that infects the heart (both of which are encased in an hourglass). The now-black heart bursts into flames as the glass shatters. The exploding glass transitions into an areal shot of a mushroom cloud blooming over a doomed cityscape. A survivor in a gas mask lies beside a (presumably dead) body before the mask melts, coating her skull in black ooze. A fig is sliced opened, birthing a black and a white scorpion who immediately engage in battle. An ornate portal window is shattered, revealing an inverted pentagram camouflaged in its center. A hand pulls a black box (and the teaser's viewers) into an inferno; we get another look at a surging mushroom cloud as it begins to rain human skulls. The skulls form an enormous pile and a zoom out shows that these are the sands of an hourglass.
Season 8 will be a mashup/crossover of American Horror Story Season 1 (Murder House) and Season 3 (Coven) and will see the return of Jessica Lange, a one-time series mainstay who departed the show following Season 4 (Freak Show). While we can expect many familiar elements, the teaser hints that mankind's very existence is hanging in the equation.
The fetus imagery and apocalyptic overtones hint strongly at the emergence of an Antichrist; the dueling scorpions, like the ouroboros and/or the Yin and Yang, represent the never-ending struggle between good and evil (not to mention the balance necessary to exist between these forces). Many Biblical scholars believe the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden was actually a fig, not an apple. The atomic holocaust imagery, along with the pentagrams, need no interpretations.
In Murder House, which debuted in 2011:
"The show revolves around the Harmons, a family of three, who move from Boston to Los Angeles in order to reconcile past anguish. What the Harmons don't know is that the house they've moved into is haunted. But it's not haunted by Casperesque friendly ghosts -- it's haunted by demonic creatures. The creatures have a history of not only spooking the house's residents but also devouring them. After living in this house, family patriarch and psychiatrist, Ben, may need a shrink of his own."
In addition to Lange, confirmed cast members for American Horror Story: Apocalypse include series staples Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, along with Kathy Bates, Joan Collins, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Billy Eichner, and Adina Porter. It's been hinted that Apocalypse will also see the return of Emma Roberts and Taissa Farmiga while Cody Fern, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Kyle Allen have been announced as guest stars. Though Season 8 has yet to premier, the series was recently renewed through Season 10, meaning American Horror Story will be around until 2020-at least! This teaser comes direct from FX Network.