12 stars that need to return for American Horror Story: 1984

C’mon Jessica Lange…

American Horror Story has boasted some incredible stars in its eight season run, most notably Academy Award winning actresses Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates, and Emmy nominated talents such as Sarah Paulson, Adina Porter, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and Angela Bassett.

Some stars have appeared in pretty much every season to date (Paulson, Peters, Conroy), while many have departed the series and gone on to other ventures (Lange, Denis O’Hare, Dylan McDermott).

Peters also recently revealed that he won’t appear in season nine, which will be the first instalment he’s not involved with.

Because the show has just revealed its mysterious title for the ninth season, 1984, and our excitement levels are through the fucking roof, we rounded up 12 stars that need to return. Like we said above, c’mon Jessica Lange!

Adina Porter

Appeared in: Murder House, Roanake, Cult, Apocalypse

American actress Adina Porter first appeared in the show’s debut season for one episode, but made a greater impression on audiences when she starred as the real Lee Harris in Roanoke. For her role as Beverley Hope in the seventh season, Cult, she earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. It wasn’t until the most recent instalment, Apocalypse, that she was promoted to main cast member. If Ryan Murphy is smart, he’ll bring her back for the ninth season because she’s undoubtedly one of the most versatile stars in the franchise.

Angela Bassett

Appeared in: Coven, Freakshow, Hotel, Roanoke, Apocalypse

Angela Bassett made her American Horror Story debut in the show’s third season as Marie Laveau, the mighty high priestess of voodoo magic and the sworn enemy of Jessica Lange’s character Fiona Goode. She followed it up with appearances in the fourth, fifth and sixth seasons, and reprised her role as Laveau for the gag-worthy finale of Apocalypse. The Academy Award nominated actress manages to steal every scene she’s in, and she’s previously expressed disappointment towards Ryan Murphy for not having a larger role in the most recent season, so we can see her making a major comeback.

Billy Eichner

Appeared in: Cult, Apocalypse

Billy on the Street comedian Billy Eichner showed off his dramatic chops in the seventh season when he portrayed the psychopathic member of Kai Anderson’s (Evan Peters) cult, and later embodied the infamous murderer Tex Watson for one episode. He returned in Apocalypse as Brock, a deformed, murdering lunatic, and Mutt Nutter, a member of the Co-Operative who sold his soul to Satan. When we spoke to Billy for our January issue, he said he wants to continue working with Ryan Murphy, but alluded to wanting to work on other projects. “I do have some other things on my plate, I am ultimately a comedy guy, and I am doing a comedy special for Netflix, I have The Lion King, I’m writing a couple of movies,” he told us. “There are some other things I wanna do, so we’ll see how it all plays out.”

Billy Porter

Appeared in: Apocalypse

American entertainer Billy Porter may have only appeared in one season of American Horror Story, but he made a massive impression on fans due to his character’s chemistry with fellow co-star Emma Roberts. We’re still waiting on confirmation of that Behold and Madison spin-off… We know Porter is busy with Murphy’s other acclaimed series, Pose (for which he received an Emmy Award nomination), but surely one-episode is not out of the question?

Denis O’Hare

Appeared in: Murder House, Coven, Freakshow, Hotel, Roanoke

We last saw Denis O’Hare in the show’s critically-acclaimed sixth season as Dr. Elias Cunningham and William Van Henderson. Before that, he earned two Emmy nominations for his performances in the first and fourth season, and received universal acclaim for his portrayal of transgender woman Liz Taylor in Hotel. O’Hare is one of the most versatile stars in the show’s history, and his presence was sorely missed in Cult and Apocalypse, so we would love to see him return in some form.

Dylan McDermott

Appeared in: Murder House, Apocalypse

Dylan McDermott should return, because, well – have you seen the picture above? The American actor starred alongside Connie Britton as the two leads for the show’s debut season, and later reprised the same role in Apocalypse. He returned for Asylum for a five episode stint as the biological son of Lana Winters and Dr. Oliver Thredson. We’ve love to see him in another role because we know he has the acting chops to provide us with something new – Golden Globe and Emmy nominations, like, hello? So yeah, he needs to return.

Frances Conroy

Appeared in: Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freakshow, Roanoke, Cult, Apocalypse

Imagine a world where Frances Conroy wasn’t in American Horror Story? We’d be deprived of some of the most classic one-liners, memes and gifs, mostly from her season three character, Myrtle Snow, who is one of the best characters in all eight seasons of the show. She could just stand there for an entire season with no lines and we’d be enthralled. The only season of the show she hasn’t appeared in so far has been Hotel, and we’d like to keep it that way. Frances Conroy for season nine!

Jessica Lange

Appeared in: Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freakshow, Apocalypse

Do we even need to explain why? Jessica Lange is American Horror Story. She’s the OG. No one can even come close. Lady Gaga replaced the two-time Oscar winning actress in the fifth season and delivered a stellar performance, but it just wasn’t the same. She returned in a limited capacity for Apocalypse as her debut character, Constance Langdon, and surprise surprise… it was one of the best seasons to date. The announcement of her comeback also broke the internet – can you imagine how fans would react if she returned full-time? As Fiona Goode? We have goosebumps just thinking about it.

Kathy Bates

Appeared in: Coven, Freakshow, Hotel, Roanoke, Apocalypse

Academy Award winning actress Kathy Bates joined American Horror Story in Coven as the loathsome Delphine LaLaurie, the real-life New Orleans socialite from the 1830s who was infamous for killing and torturing slaves. For her performance, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. She returned for four more seasons and stunned audiences with each character, because they were all so far removed from each other, especially The Butcher in Roanoke, one of the most sociopathic characters in the series to date. We don’t want American Horror Story without her to be honest.

Lily Rabe

Appeared in: Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freakshow, Hotel, Roanoke, Apocalypse

Misty Day is one of the most loveable, wholesome characters in American Horror Story, so much so that Ryan Murphy brought her back from the dead in Apocalypse. However, two episodes wasn’t enough. If we do get Coven 2.0 eventually, then we’d need to see Rabe on board as her most iconic character. If not, she also has a knack for playing troubled psychopaths (Aileen Wuornos and Sister Mary Eunice), so we’d love to see her return in a villainous role. But we’ll take anything we can get.

Sarah Paulson

Appeared in: Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freakshow, Hotel, Roanoke, Cult, Apocalypse

Can you believe Sarah Paulson has appeared in every single season of American Horror Story to date, and she hasn’t received one Emmy Award for her efforts? The American actress has received widespread praise throughout her time on the horror anthology, portraying a total of 11 iconic and varied characters, including psychic Billie Dean Howard in Murder House, head witch Cordelia Goode in Coven, and even conjoined twins Bette and Dot in Freak Show.

Zachary Quinto

Appeared in: Murder House, Asylum

Heroes star Zachary Quinto made an appearance on the show’s first season as Chad Warwick, the partner of Patrick. They were both murdered by The Rubber Man so new residents could take over and provide them with the spawn of Satan (what a sentence eh?). Quinto returned in Asylum for a much larger role, where he played a psychiatrist at Briarcliff who ultimately turned out to be the masked murderer, Bloody Face. It’s been six years, so surely a comeback is imminent?

Related: American Horror Story: A definitive ranking of all eight seasons.

Related: We ranked all of Jessica Lange’s iconic characters on American Horror Story.

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