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Ryan Murphy Drops First Hints About “American Horror Story” Season 8

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The future is the scariest thing we could imagine, too

Ryan Murphy's nightmarish explorations of our country's darkest fears in his anthology series, American Horror Story, have taken us from the underground occult cabals of New Orleans to the haunted forests of Roanoke, North Carolina. Now approaching its eighth season, AHS may be pushing towards the final frontier. With Murphy recently dropping new hints about the setting of the upcoming iteration of his critically celebrated show, could the program be heading where no man has gone before?

"It takes place in the future," said Murphy at Television Critics Association winter press tour. "It’s still topical, but [set in] the future, which I’ve never done…I think people will like it. It’s different from what we’ve done before."

Speculation has already run wild from that mere quote, with Teen Vogue guessing that the season is heading towards space. One of the show's stars, Evan Peters, has similarly hinted about that as a possibility: "Space is very intense, and there are a lot of things can go wrong," Peters said, claiming that he's suggested the idea to Murphy a few times in the past. "Alien creatures. People going crazy up there. There's a lot that could happen. And it could look cool. It could be awesome to design a space-station set, and that would be amazing, to play around in that."

AHS has repeatedly experimented with the chronological structure of its narratives since its inception, employing flashbacks and flash-forwards regularly throughout its run. The plan, for a while, was to have each season alternate between a contemporary setting and a historical one, but that idea might be getting ejected now that AHS8 is taking place in years to come.

Murphy has also hinted at a crossover season, in which the characters from American Horror Story: Murder House (season one) and American Horror Story: Coven (season three) collide: “We’re working on it, but that’s not going to be [Season 8]…That will probably be the one after that. We’ve already met about it and outlined it. But it won’t be next because some of the [cast members] are not available.”

"It’s a character from season 1 that will be thrust into the world that you are left with at the end of Coven, which is sort of like the male/female/witch academy. And then all of those characters will intertwine, which is confusing because some of them are from seasons 1 and 3. Like, Sarah Paulson will probably be playing 18 characters," Murphy has previously said of the potential idea.

Both fans and insiders at the show have maintained that despite existing as separate, self-contained narrative entities, all the seasons are connected. A plethora of easter eggs and re-occurring characters lend this theory some credence.

So far, that's the only detail we've got about the upcoming season. No word yet on a debut date, although the first episodes of each AHS incarnation have traditionally premiered around Halloween.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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