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Ryan Murphy Says American Horror Story: 1984 Episode 8 Will Feature a 'Big' Clue About Season 10 Theme

But don't bother looking for clues before that

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We're nearing the end of American Horror Story: 1984, which means fans are busy scouting the episodes for subtle clues about what's in store for Season 10. But apparently, if you thought you already caught an Easter egg hinting at next year's theme, you only caught a big ol' red herring.

Ryan Murphy told TV Guide at the American Horror Story 100th Episode red carpet on Saturday that 1984 hasn't featured any clues about Season 10... yet. "But keep watching," Murphy teased. "There will be probably a big one in Episode 8."

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That means if you thought Margaret's (Leslie Grossman) reference to the Winchester Mystery House in Episode 6 was hinting that next season would be inspired by that real-life haunted hellmouth -- which, honestly, would be a lot of fun -- you can cross that off the list of potential themes.

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Murphy has previously said that he plans on bringing the Coven witches back in a future season, but he has never stated when precisely that season might air. So keep your eyes out for any references to witchcraft or the women of Miss Robichaux's in 1984's penultimate episode, which will air on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Of course, it's more likely that the clue will be something else entirely, since Murphy loves to keep fans guessing and any reference to the Coven witches may be a bit too obvious.

One thing Murphy did say viewers can stop guessing about is how a potential connection to George Orwell's novel 1984 might factor into this season. When asked whether Season 9 had any Orwellian influences, Murphy responded, "Zero. No."

Is this an example of genius misdirection, or does AHS: 1984 really have no ties to Orwell's 1984? We're honestly not sure what to believe at this point -- but isn't that the fun of watching AHS?

American Horror Story: 1984 airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.

Additional reporting by Kelsey Pfeiffer.

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