Two weeks ago we reported on persistent rumors that the eighth season of American Horror Story would be taking a trip to a post-apocalyptic future. Those rumors are looking more and more substantive by the day, as fan Twitter account AHS Central is now reporting that the new run will be titled Radioactive, with the story being set in 2032 Arizona after a nuclear blast. Furthermore, Dylan McDermott, Denis O’Hare, Adina Porter and Eddie Cibran are set to star – alongside the previously confirmed Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Evan Peters.
This all falls in line with showrunner Ryan Murphy confirming that the new season will be taking place in the “near future.” It’d also follow in AHS‘ tradition of addressing stories of very contemporary fears. After all, with North Korea shaking their new nuclear arsenal at the US and the recent panic-inducing accidental announcement that Hawaii was about to be hit with ICBMs, fear of nuclear war and its aftermath is at the forefront of Americans’ minds in a way not seen since the early 1980s.
The scoop also claims that the core narrative will follow a group of survivors who weren’t immediately affected by the blast. Presumably, their isolated community has managed to carry on in spite of major cities being reduced to smoking, radioactive craters. Yet for how long can they maintain their peaceful isolation while government and society crumble around them? It sounds like a great concept for the show, which continues to impress with its scope and imagination.
We’ll hopefully see more of American Horror Story: Radioactive in the near future, with a premiere date either late this year or in early 2019. In the meantime, though, tell us, do you think this sounds like an interesting setting, or are you a bit tired of the post-apocalypse after so many years of The Walking Dead? Have your say in the usual place!