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American Horror Story:
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Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 2
Original network FX
Original release September 12, 2018 (2018-09-12) – present (present)
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American Horror Story: Apocalypse is the eighth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. It was announced on January 12, 2017,[1] and premiered on September 12, 2018.[2]

Returning cast members from previous seasons include Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Adina Porter, Emma Roberts, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, Stevie Nicks, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, and Erika Ervin, along with new cast member Cody Fern.

Cast and characters


Recurring and guest


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [24]Prod.
US viewers
851"The End"Bradley BueckerRyan Murphy & Brad FalchukSeptember 12, 2018 (2018-09-12)8ATS013.08[25]
In the near future, nuclear missiles destroy the world and start a nuclear winter. Thanks to her family's private plane, Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt manages to escape the destruction of Los Angeles with her assistant Mallory, her hairdresser Mr. Gallant, and his grandmother, Evie. Meanwhile, an organization known as "The Cooperative", select young adults to save from the apocalypse, based on their genetic makeup. Two of the selected, Timothy and Emily, are sent to Outpost 3, an underground base lead by Mrs. Venable. There, they are reunited with other survivors, including Coco, Mallory, Mr. Gallant, and Evie. Life at the Outpost includes strict rules and severe punishments. Eighteen months pass and the situation and food supplies are at critical condition at the Outpost. A man from the Cooperative, Michael Langdon, arrives and announces that he will judge who deserve to be truly saved.
862"The Morning After"Jennifer LynchJames WongSeptember 19, 2018 (2018-09-19)8ATS022.21[26]
Langdon introduces himself to the guests of Outpost 3 and explains his duty. He inquires Mr. Gallant about his sexual orientation and his hatred towards his grandmother. Later, the Rubber Man approaches Gallant in his bedroom and Evie catches the two having sex. She reports their insubordination to Ms. Mead. Timothy and Emily discover recent Cooperative e-mails detailing Venable's transgressions against proper Outpost protocol. Gallant refuses to reveal the identity of the Rubber Man to Venable. Gallant assures Langdon that he did not reveal his identity and Langdon asserts that he is not the Rubber Man and that he would never have sex with him. Timothy and Emily cast aspersions on the rules of Outpost 3 and they have sex for the first time. The Rubber Man attempts to seduce Gallant once again and Gallant stabs him in the stomach with a scissors. Langdon appears and Gallant finds himself looking upon his grandmother's bloody corpse. Timothy and Emily are caught in bed and are sentenced to death. Timothy shoots Mead in the stomach and her wound reveals internal wiring and white liquid.
873"Forbidden Fruit"[27]Loni PeristereManny CotoSeptember 26, 2018 (2018-09-26)TBATBD
884"Could It Be... Satan?"[28]Sheree FolksonTim MinearOctober 3, 2018 (2018-10-03)TBATBD
895"Boy Wonder"[29]Gwyneth Horder-PaytonJohn J. GrayOctober 10, 2018 (2018-10-10)TBATBD
906TBASarah Paulson[3]TBAOctober 17, 2018 (2018-10-17)TBATBD

Evan Peters will direct an episode of the season.[30]



On January 12, 2017, the series was renewed for an eighth season, set to premiere on September 12, 2018.[1][2] In October 2016, series co-creator Ryan Murphy announced a "crossover" season between previous cycles Murder House and Coven.[31] In January 2018, he stated that the ninth season would most likely feature the crossover;[32] however, in June 2018, he announced that the eighth season was chosen instead.[33] Murphy has also stated that the eighth season would be set 18 months in the future, in October 2019, and would feature an Asylum and Coven tone.[32][13] In July 2018, it was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that the title of the season would be Apocalypse.[34]

In April 2018, it was revealed that series veterans Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters would each make their directorial debuts in an episode of the season.[30] It was later revealed that Paulson would direct the sixth episode.[3]

As with previous seasons, several teasers were released.[35] On September 4, 2018, a short trailer was released, followed by a longer trailer the next day.[36][37]


In October 2017, it was announced that series mainstay Sarah Paulson would return for the season. In March 2018, it was announced that Kathy Bates and Evan Peters would also return, leading the season with Paulson.[6] In April 2018, Joan Collins joined the cast as the grandmother of Peters' character.[13] In April and May 2018, Cult alumni Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, and Billie Lourd were also confirmed to return.[9][10]

In June 2018, Emma Roberts revealed that she would return for Apocalypse, reprising her role as Madison Montgomery from Coven.[12] That same month, Murphy revealed that other witches from Coven had all been invited to return,[12] and also stated that he had asked Anjelica Huston to join the cast,[38] while Paulson confirmed that she would reprise her Coven role, Cordelia Goode.[3] In July 2018, it was reported that Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Kyle Allen would guest star in the season.[14] Later that month, Murphy revealed via Twitter that American Crime Story alum Cody Fern joined the cast as a grown-up Michael Langdon, the Antichrist born during the events of Murder House.[11]

In August 2018, Pose alum Billy Porter announced via Instagram that he would appear in the season.[18] Later, during the Television Critics Association press tour, it was announced that Jessica Lange would appear in the season's sixth episode as her Murder House character, Constance Langdon.[3] After FX released the season's first teaser, actress Lesley Fera revealed via Twitter that she would appear in the season premiere.[39] Later, Ryan Murphy confirmed via Twitter that Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, and Stevie Nicks would all appear during the season,[19] and that they would all reprise their Coven roles.[21][20] In the same month, Angela Bassett, who appeared in four previous seasons, confirmed that she would not appear in the season.[21] Later, Finn Wittrock, who appeared in three past seasons, confirmed that he would not appear in Apocalypse.[40] The same day, it was announced that original cast members Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott would be returning for the season,[22] and Ryan Murphy later confirmed that they would reprise their Murder House roles, Vivien and Ben Harmon, respectively.[23] Later, Murphy revealed that Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga would be reprising their Murder House roles, Tate Langdon and Violet Harmon, respectively.[7]

In September 2018, it was revealed that Erika Ervin would be returning for Apocalypse after having a recurring role in Freak Show.[17] It was also reported that actress Ash Santos would appear in the season.[16]


In April 2018, Murphy revealed that filming for the season would begin in June 2018.[13]


Critical response

American Horror Story: Apocalypse received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the season a 94% approval rating, with an average rating of 7.45/10, based on 7 reviews.[41] On Metacritic, the season was given a score of 63 out of 100 based on 6 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[42]

American Horror Story (season 8): Critical reception by episode


No. Title Air date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "The End" September 12, 2018 1.5 3.08[25] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "The Morning After" September 19, 2018 1.1 2.21[26] TBD TBD TBD TBD

American Horror Story : U.S. viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode number
Murder House3.182.462.592.962.742.833.062.812.852.542.593.22N/A
Freak Show6.134.534.444.514.223.653.913.303.072.993.112.943.27
Audience measurement performed by Nielsen Media Research.[44][citation needed]


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    For the third season, see "American Horror Story: Coven: (Season Three) Ratings". TV Series Finale. January 30, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 

    For the fourth season, see "American Horror Story: Freak Show Ratings". TV Series Finale. January 22, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 

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