This season of American Horror Story, appropriately titled Coven, hasn't even finished airing yet, and already creator Ryan Murphy is talking next year: In a new interview with EW, Murphy revealed a small detail of his plans for the fourth season of the hit FX show, including a promise that he'll reveal more after episode 11 airs in January.
"It’s not contemporary," Murphy revealed of the fourth season, which has already confirmed Jessica Lange as the star again. "It’s either going to shoot in New Orleans or it’s going to shoot in Santa Fe."
Unfortunately, that's all Murphy would say of the fourth season—but he did reveal some more news about this season. Apparently, it looks like all that talk of a spinoff to Coven isn't going to lead anywhere: According to Murphy, the plans are officially dead. "We were starting to break episode 8 or 9 and we were like, ‘Well, we can’t kill that person off because we need them for the spin-off.’ As soon as those words were said, I was like, ‘There is no spin-off.’ Because it took away from the joy of the show. The reason the show is successful is no one is safe ever."
And thank God for that. Coven may be the best AHS season by miles, but a spinoff to drag out the story—and spare certain characters who would otherwise reach a potentially firey end this season—is a disservice to both the show and the fans. The model of confining each new plotline to a single season works, so why mess with it?
AHS: Coven airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m., on FX.