‘American Horror Story’ Season 9 Theories: The Top 3 Speculations

With American Horror Story: Apocalypse now fading in our rearview mirrors, as we incessantly watch Coven and revisit the glory of the witches we so adore, fans have already begun speculating about season nine.

Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Emma Roberts
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While Ryan Murphy is always tight-lipped when it comes to revealing any details about American Horror Story, this has never stopped fans from digging through old and recent seasons for insights into the upcoming theme and narrative. Most likely to hit the small screen in September, a trailer is not be expected until later this Summer.

June, the earliest fans are likely to see a trailer, is way too far away, so it’s time to figure out what Ryan Murphy is planning for his ninth (and possibly penultimate) season. However, keep in mind, all the suggestions are speculative, and if Ryan Murphy can help it, he will do all in his power to lead fans in the wrong direction. Then, he will drop the truth and catalyze a widespread bated breath state of anticipation across his loyal fanbase. However, for the sake of indulgence, let’s explore a few common fan theories.

1) Dante’s Inferno Theory: 9 Circles of Hell

One popular theory argues that each season of American Horror Story (AHS) represents one of the nine circles of hell. When Ryan Murphy responded “interesting” to this theory on Twitter, the world went wild and assumed that he was backing the concept. However, it’s more likely that Murphy found the theory fascinating, and saw it as an opportunity to send fans down the rabbit hole, as he does so well throughout his anthology.

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The theory posits that Apocalypse represented violence, while the prior seasons accounted for every circle except lust. Thus, Ryan Murphy would have to explore lust in the ninth season. However, there’s one major problem with this theory: AHS has already been renewed for season 10. So, if there are only nine circles of hell, what would season 10 cover?

Nine seasons for nine circles. Seems like fans should completely dismiss this one, right? No. The reason this theory still holds weight relates to the fact that Murphy already showed his willingness to blend seasons, as he did with Apocalypse. It’s very possible that season ten – if it’s the last chapter – will string all the previous seasons together as a final hoorah. Meaning, technically, a new circle would not need to be introduced.

2) Season 9 of ‘American Horror Story’ will be about aliens and revisit ‘AHS: Asylum’

Many fans have argued that season 10 will be about aliens and incorporate aspects from Asylum. Since Asylum never resolved it’s extraterrestrial plotline, this is highly possible. Apocalypse also references the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, so putting these two factoids together, many AHS viewers believe that season 10 is bound to be about aliens.

The problem: some argue that Ryan Murphy would be hesitant to do two seasons in a row that include characters who appeared earlier in his anthology. He just did this, and if fans expect it for the final season, he may try to avoid overusing this strategy to satisfy viewers.

3) ‘AHS’ season nine will take place in space

Similar to the second theory listed, except taking on a setting out of this atmosphere, the idea that season 9 will take place in space credits a few hints dropped by the show, and one message from a very relevant cast member.

Back in 2018, Evan Peters, during an interview with GQ, discussed how “cool” it would be for AHS to take place in space. A discussion on Reddit also discussed the fact that multiple songs relating to space, including “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft,” played throughout Apocalypse. So, if a space setting isn’t going to come forward, why the big focus on it?

Other minor, yet less backed theories, argue that the season nine will take place on a ship or underwater; however, reasoning beyond the fact that it has yet to be done, is sparse.