"Kathy and Sarah Paulson have a lot of great stuff to get to do," Murphy told the mag. "So, with Evan Peters, the three of them are the leads this year."
Bates first appeared in the third season, Coven, where she played the immortal racist/serial killer Delphine LaLaurie. She went on to play Jimmy's (Peter) mother, Ethel, in Freak Show and Donovan's (Matt Bomer) mother, Iris, in Hotel. In Roanoke, she returned to playing a villain, albeit an actress who played a villain in the show-within-the-show, My Roanoke Nightmare.
The decorated actress has been nominated for three Emmys for her work on American Horror Story, winning one for Coven. In addition, she scored a Golden Globe nod for her performance in Freak Show.
Based on Murphy's tease, it sounds like Bates' Season 8 role will likely be her meatiest part since Coven, if not ever. Paulson and Peters have become American Horror Story's consistent anchors, and the idea of Bates' character being on par with theirs is an exciting new development. With that in mind, Bates might want to clear some space on her shelf for another Emmy.
Little else is known about Season 8 beyond the fact that it will be set in the future and Paulson will be wearing dental appliances of some sort. There are rumors that the subtitle is Radioactive, so make of that what you will.