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"No need for rules anymore, the chaos has won," Evan Peters' character says in the most recent trailer for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the eighth season of the FX horror anthology series. 

Did you feel what I felt when you heard that line? Did shivers run down your spine thinking about a world where utter chaos reigns and no law-abiding citizens are around to promote peace? Crazy stuff, right? Phew! I can't wait for this season to start.

Plot, storylines: What we know

American Horror Story: Apocalypse is poised to take fans on a wild and emotional ride as doomsday havoc ensues. (As if last season's Cult didn't!) Apocalypse kicks off Wednesday on FX, and show creator Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have been teasing fans all year about what's to come.

Cult provocatively world and how characters either rejoiced in the election of Donald Trump or feared for their future and safety. Seems natural Apocalypse would follow that madness.

Chemical warfare? Plane crashes? Witchcraft? An authoritarian regime? Judging by the teasers and trailers at least, these are just some of the potential themes that will pop up this season.

Apocalypse is set "some time" in the future and has correlations to past AHS seasons Murder House and Coven. I'll get into a recap of some of my favorite highlights from those past seasons lower down.

Where to watch and how

The season premiere in the US is Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. local time on FX. To watch ad-free on your computer or mobile device, upgrade to FX+ (even though you'll still need a cable TV login), otherwise watch it on FX, On Demand or FXNow on Wednesdays.

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Ms. Meade (Kathy Bates) glares, a bone-chilling reminder that fear can consume anyone.FX

New and returning cast

A laundry list of AHS alum will return this season, and I can't wait to see all the talent on my screen. Back again are:

  • Sarah Paulson, who's playing *at least* two returning characters: Cordelia Goode (from Coven), Billy Dean Howard (from Murder House); plus a new character this season, Wilhemina Venable
  • Kathy Bates as new character Ms. Miriam Mead
  • Evan Peters as Tate Langdon (from Murder House) and hairdresser Mr. Gallant this season
  • Lily Rabe as Misty Day (from Coven)
  • Emma Roberts as Madison Montgomery (Coven)
  • Connie Britton as Vivien Harmon (Murder House)
  • Dylan McDermott as Dr. Ben Harmon (Murder House)
  • Taissa Farmiga as Violet Harmon (Murder House) and Zoe Benson (Coven)
  • Billy Eichner as an unspecified character
  • Leslie Grossman as new character Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt
  • Billie Lourd as new character Mallory
  • Adina Porter as new character Dinah Stevens
  • Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie (Coven)
  • Cheyenne Jackson as an unspecified character
  • Frances Conroy as Myrtle Snow (Coven)
  • Jessica Lange as Constance Langdon (Murder House). Reportedly returning for episode 6 as the noisy, yet oddly welcoming, older neighbor who had a peculiar obsession with the Murder House
  • Stevie Nicks as herself

It makes perfect sense for Murphy to bring back characters from previous seasons. After all, this is season 8 of the horror anthology and the treasure chest of characters available to explore is impressive.

Coven received such a following and hype that it would be a no-brainer to bring back characters AHS fans all know and love. Heck in an apocalypse, doomsday situation -- in my opinion, having a coven of witches on your side may come in handy.

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Fern is playing a character named Michael Langdon.Kurt Iswarienko/FX

New to the cast this season (meaning we have no idea who/what some of them will be playing):

Ahhh, the teasers!

I went to American Horror Story FX's Instagram page to watch teasers. Here are my pick for top three: 

Paulson appears to be raffling off entry into her newest doomsday experience. Attempt to survive at all costs. This is your chance. 

What is Ms. Meade (Kathy Bates) stirring? Do we dare ask? 

Whispers of fear? Doubt? 

Are AHS seasons connected?

Many fans  have wondered whether the entire AHS franchise is connected via some master timeline. Look no further than this American Horror Story timeline from TV Guide to see how all the seasons link up.

But we do know two seasons will intersect with Apocalypse, and here's what we expect:

Murder House

Remember season 1's Murder House and the dysfunctional, Harmon family that barely stayed together?

Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) and Violet Harmon (Taissa Farmiga) moved from Boston to Los Angeles in an attempt to keep the family together after adultery poisoned Dr. Ben and Vivien's marriage. But the move catapulted them into disarray, heartache and betrayal. As if that wasn't enough drama for one family, the Harmons moved into a literal Murder House with a long history of peculiar, unexplainable and downright creepy events unfolding inside.

Yes, I know, it sounds like this messed-up family just begged for bad things to happen to them. Like being haunted by a creepy, mysterious guy in an all-black rubber Halloween costume who turned sadistic. Or how about being haunted by a couple that hated each other because successive letdowns ate away at their love as the added financial stress of renovating the Murder House tore them apart. Ultimately, our deranged modern-day couple also gets trapped there, unable to sell the house, until their demise and fate played out and they were cursed to spend forever in misery in Murder House, as so many others do.

But hey, what's horror without a little romance? Remember Evan Peters' character, Tate Langdon? The estranged, teenager-turned-high-school-mass-shooter-turned-ghost who sparked a twisted love interest in troubled Violet Harmon (Taissa Farmiga).

It'll be interesting to see the Harmon family play out in the afterlife this season.

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Coven

Oh my! Oh my! Something wicca is returning in Apocalypse and I am so, so, so excited.

The season 3 storyline follows a coven of witches living at Miss Robichaux's Academy (think: witch school), in New Orleans. The coven is comprised of alleged descendants of Salem witches and even some who escaped Salem and have survived till now.

Headmistress Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson) runs the academy that's filled with witches but is often overshadowed by her mother, Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange).

Fiona Goode is one wicca you do not want to cross… unless you're antagonist Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett), a voodoo magic high priestess. How could AHS fans forget the vindictive brawls and back-and-forth spats that unfolded between these two megapowerhouse characters?

Remember the eclectic witch Misty Day (Lily Rabe) who has the power to bring things back to life and is obsessed with Stevie Nicks? This connection allows for an even deeper wicca correlation between Coven, Stevie Nicks and the cultural phenomena that her fan base associates wiccan conspiracy theories with the amazingly talented singer.

I seriously cannot wait to see how both plots, Murder House and Coven, expand or develop in the upcoming apocalyptic world. After all, who wouldn't want powerful women on their side? Or ghosts to defend them from harm. That is, if the ghosts are on your side.

American Horror Story definitive timeline: TV Guide lays out exactly how all the seasons are connected.

Apocalypse cast photos are basically sexy, creepy art: The new characters joining the AHS universe deserve your eyeballs.

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