Scary-sad news, American Horror Story fans: Sarah Paulson won't be returning for season nine of the hit FX show (well, at least not as a leading lady).
According to Variety, Paulson, who's been a show staple since season one, which kicked off in 2011, will join Evan Peters and sit out of Ryan Murphy's horror anthology series's latest installment, dubbed American Horror Story: 1984. (Blood-curdling screams are completely necessary right now.)
Howeverrrr. YES. However, it's still possible Paulson could appear in a cameo, according to the report. She just won't take on a leading role like in past seasons. And we have to wonder, is this Murphy's way of disguising his plans for the season? One thing we've learned as hard-core AHS devotees: Never trust anything you hear leading up to this show, people.
The show will (surprisingly) have nothing to do with the George Orwell novel. The next chapter in the anthology series will pay homage to the ’80s slasher movie genre popularized by movies like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street and premieres on September 18 on FX.