Could American Horror Story Return Minus A Fan Favourite? Evan Peters To “Sit It Out”

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After eight seasons of American Horror Story, there are certain things you can always count on. Being kept completely in the dark ahead of the season premiere, sleepless nights after each episode, mystery and Easter eggs dropped throughout each episode (and each season) meaning you have to watch them several times over to truly “see” everything, and the reassuring guarantee of seeing Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters grace our screens. However, not for much longer. There are changes afoot for season 9.

When the horror anthology series returns later this year, it will be minus its leading man. Yes Evan Peters will reportedly not be in the upcoming season. Peters, who appeared at last weekend’s WonderCon told Extra, “I’m gonna sit a season out”.

While fans may be a bit surprised at Peters’ announcement (and there has been no comment confirming his statement from either FX or Ryan Murphy), he did foreshadow it last summer. Speaking to GQ, Peters discussed how much the darker roles that he is so well-known for have taken it out of him. “I just made a decision. I said to myself, “I can’t do it anymore.” It’s not me. It’s not who I am!”. He added, “it’s been all a massive stretch for me and really difficult to do. It’s hurting my soul and Evan as a person. There’s this massive amount of rage that’s been called upon from me, and the emotional stuff that’s been called on me for Pose has been heartbreaking, and I’m sick. I don’t feel good.”

From the Murder House to the end of the world in Apocalypse, Peters has played a key role in each AHS season. He added to this last year with starring as Wall Street yuppie Stan Bowes in Ryan Murphy’s latest FX production, Pose. With Pose returning for season 2 this June, it is not known whether Stan will also be back. Or with Murphy’s Netflix deal series starting to be developed, has Peters already be lined up for one of those?

While, like Peters’, Sarah Paulson has appeared in every AHS season, to date we only have confirmation that Emma Roberts will be returning, and that Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy is entering the AHS fold as Roberts’ character’s boyfriend. With Paulson heding up Murphy’s Netflix series Ratched, could we be faced with a Paulson AND Peters-less season 9?

No doubt we will know more over the coming months as we get closer to the premiere, which is expected to be sometime this autumn.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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