Good news! Ryan Murphy's beloved flagship cable series American Horror Story has been renewed through season 13! Possibly bad news ... that could maybe the show's last season ever? Or not. Nobody really knows but a lot of people sure seem to be very keen on such an idea.
FX network chairman John Landgraf opened up about the series being renewed for more seasons and revealed where everyone -- including creator and showrunner Murphy -- stands on a possible Season 13 series end.
It's A Significant Number
Landgraf couldn't say whether or not American Horror Story would, indeed, come to an end after its 13th season. The exec did acknowledge that the show could just keep going and going, making it an eventual Season 20. Though he did admit that an AHS Season 13 swan song would be really "awesome."
The exec continued to praise the idea of the show bowing out after Season 13, saying it would be "really neat" and that the number just feels "right."
Does Ryan Murphy Agree?
How does creator Murphy feel about such an event? Landgraf thinks he would welcome it. The FX chairman called the number "signficant" and indicated that the three-season renewal might be by Murphy's design.
Landgraf pointed out the frequency of the number 13 in American Horror Story marketing campaigns but was careful to point out that this is not a definite decision. The chairman claims Murphy merely wants to ensure that the series could end at Season 13 should it not be renewed.
A Surprise Starmaker
The dark, weird, unique storytelling seemed to be a huge risk at first. Some questioned the idea of reusing (some) of the same cast in different characters every season to tell an anthology story rather than a plotline that would be carried through the entire series.
But the talented cast has proven a force to be reckoned with, with Hollywood royalty like Jessica Lange first drawing viewers' attention, and relative newcomers (at the time) Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters maintaining it.
A Dwindling Cast
This renewal could come as a surprise to longtime fans of the show. Regular actors have begun to exit the series over the past couple of seasons. Many actors, like Lange and Emma Roberts, have skipped seasons in the past and returned later on. This being the design and benefit of the anthology storytelling method.
However, Peters recently admitted to emotional distress overplaying such dark characters, choosing to take a mental health break from the show. Costar Paulson sat out the most recent season, as well.