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What Is American Horror Story's Season 10 Theme?

Ryan Murphy Drops Huge Clue For American Horror Story Season 10 Theme With Poster

American Horror Story concluded the bonkers adventure that was its ninth instalment, 1984, in November, and we're more than ready for what's in store for season 10. Since the anthology series was renewed for season 10 back in 2018, we didn't have to worry about whether it was coming back, either. And thanks to a surprise reveal by Ryan Murphy, it looks like we have our first clue as to what the mystery theme for the upcoming installment is!

The anthology series was actually renewed for season ten back in 2018, which means it currently serves as the end of the show's contract with FX. Creator Ryan Murphy has been incredibly busy producing new TV shows and films exclusively on Netflix since inking a deal the streamer, like the Ben Platt-led series, The Politican. But as Murphy told Deadline of the show after the finale of AHS: 1984, "I have every good intention of it staying [at FX] and I think [FX Chairman John Landgraf] does too. We're talking about it. We're trying to figure it out."

On March 11, the AHS creator dropped the first artwork for season 10 on his Instagram page. "Things are beginning to wash up on shore," he captioned the poster of a pair of hands that seem to be clawing their way out of the ocean. We're getting The Lighthouse vibes from the whole look, which feels like it could be aiming for a nautical, mermaid-like visual. Could we be diving under the sea in the next season? Or is the theme actually on the opposite spectrum and about people rising from the dead like zombies?

Before he dropped the poster, the only thing the Pose producer revealed about the upcoming season is that it would be an epic cast reunion. When the full cast was officially announced, it was done with a video featuring footage of a dismal beach with Orville Peck's "Dead of Night" playing in the background.

"We're working on an idea for season 10 that I think people will love because it's about reuniting fan-favourite actors to come back — because it might be our last season," Murphy told Deadline. "So, I've been quietly reaching out to various people. Some people I haven't reached out to yet because I was like 'Do I have a role for them?' So far, everybody I reached out to said 'Yes', so that's been great."

When it comes to naming the specific theme that will reunite said actors, Murphy kept mum. "We flirted with aliens, we flirted with space, we flirted with some things that were more interesting than others. I think that at the heart of it, it's always about Americana," he explained. "It's always a mysterious process of how I come up with the idea. I have a list of finalists on a piece of paper and I work on all of them. It's just where is my life when I'm working on them."

That sounds properly mysterious and we're officially intrigued! While season eight's Apocalypse reunited characters from fan-favourite seasons like Asylum and Coven, it's important to note that Murphy only said the actors would be coming back — not the characters. So, fans shouldn't get their hopes up that they'll be seeing any characters from previous seasons just yet. But considering that the only two visual hints we've been given about season 10 involve the water, it's fair to say we'll be heading to the beach when AHS season 10 finally arrives on Fox Showcase.

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