For three seasons now, FX's 'American Horror Story' has taken fans to some of the darkest corners of the world, as well as the mind. From haunted houses and dreary asylums to demonic possession and witchcraft, this show never fails to keep its viewers on their toes in new and unexpected ways (all while clutching at their security blankets).
So now that the network has officially announced its Season 4 renewal
, we here at TVRage can't help but wonder where Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will manage to take us next. And since neither of them are handing out any clues thus far, we thought it would be fun to come up with some of our own plot predictions in the meantime. Here's how we think 'AHS' 4.0 could possibly go down…
1. 'American Horror Story: Capitol Hill'
The only thing more horrifying than actual Washington D.C. politics is the thought of a demonic creature roaming through the hearts and minds of its influential political leaders. As they say, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Though, if they're going to go that route, can we all unanimously vote Jessica Lange to play the President? And perhaps work in some sort of 'Scandal' crossover as well. Try and fix that, Olivia Pope!
2. 'American Horror Story: Outer Space'
Anyone who's ever watched even one episode, knows the series itself is pretty out of this world, so why not take the concept to a literal level? The gang could either meet up with the aliens from 'Asylum' or seek out any uncharted territory the galaxy has to offer. To boldly go where no horror show has gone before.
3. 'American Horror Story: The Flux Capacitor
With three seasons now under its belt, we'd say it's high time this creepy-crawly drama kicked things up a notch with a little time travel. This would allow fans to not only see how the actors would adjust to multiple eras, but also give Ryan Murphy an excuse to make some 'Back to the Future' references with an eerie twist. Pretty heavy, right? But Great Scott, it sounds fantastic!
4. 'American Horror Story: Retirement Home'
Say what you will, but old people can be downright scary at times. So just imagine Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Frances Conroy all stirring up trouble among the weak and elderly, willing to do anything to recapture their youth. (Denture cleanings and shuffle board tournaments would be the least of our worries at this place.) Think of it like a horror version of 'Cocoon.'
5. 'American Horror Story: Coney Island'
If any show can turn a fun theme park into a rollercoaster ride from hell, it's 'AHS.' The season could center around the park's employees, who all have equally creepy backgrounds and a mysterious tie to this NYC staple. Under their supervision, there's no telling what horror awaits. (And you'll never think of a carousel the same way again!) On the outside, everything may seem harmless, but once you get in…there's no getting out.
6. 'American Horror Story: Vampire Nest'
Vampires are all the rage these days and even though 'AHS' isn't known for its conformity it could decide to go this route. Lord knows they aren't afraid to tackle the supernatural realm. (Ghosts, aliens, and witches — oh my!) And hey, maybe some of our favorite TV vamps could even stop by for a little cameo…like Ian Somerhalder's six-pack, for instance. That certainly wouldn't suck.
7. 'American Horror Story: Circus'
What if the greatest show on Earth was on the greatest show on Earth? The acrobatics, the tightrope walking, the trapeze acts — talk about spectacular! Denis O'Hare would make a great ring leader and you just know Evan Peters would rock the whole tights look. (Everyone remember a certain rubber suit?) And we haven't even gotten to the whole horror aspect of it yet, though we're sure clowns would somehow be involved (*shutters*). Seriously, can we please make this happen?
8. 'American Horror Story: The DMV'
And here you probably thought this place couldn't get any worse. Those pesky waiting lines won't be the only thing driving you mad if 'AHS' has anything to do with it...like giving you the worst driver's license picture EVER. (NOOOOOO!!!!!) To be honest, I'm getting stressed out just thinking about it. Buckle your seat belts, kiddos — it's gonna be a bumpy ride.
9. 'American Horror Story: Death Valley'
With a name like that, the plot pretty much writes itself, don't you think? Known as the hottest, driest desert in North America, this National Park could serve as the perfect location for evil to dwell. Who knows how many bodies are buried out in this eerie barren land. The ideal place to lure victims…and no one to hear you scream. 'The Hills Have Eyes,' eat your heart out.
10. 'American Horror Story: Ship Wrecked'
Picture it: 'LOST' meets 'AHS.' What more could you ask for? There's nothing like a mysterious island to help add a little extra intrigue to a show's ensemble (especially if the smoke monster makes an appearance). Plus, there's the whole 'Lord of the Flies' aspect for Ryan Murphy to tap into. But will they choose to live together or die alone…on this series there's really only one option.
Now I leave it up to you, my dear readers. What other possible storylines could Season 4 have in store? Sound off on your own 'AHS' plot predictions in the comments below!