Sarah Paulson has been with Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story franchise since the very beginning, playing a new character each season – sometimes even two or three characters depending on the season.
Now that season 10 has come to an end, Paulson’s future with the franchise isn’t so certain, and while she might leave the series the door will always be open for her to return.
Fans have wondered if season 10 would be her last season on the show after comments she made during an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live back in September. Host Andy Cohen asked her about future roles in Ryan Murphy’s projects, but Paulson wasn’t so sure.
“I don’t know,” she told Cohen. “It’s the first time in about three years where I don’t know. I think this is my last season of [American] Horror Story, probably. I mean, I don’t know. Every time he comes to me with some whackadoodle-stoodle character I tend to be like, ‘Yes! Let’s do it!’ So I don’t know. This is the first time. So we’ll see.”
Sarah Paulson could leave American Horror Story after season 10
Paulson and Murphy have been frequent collaborators over the years. In addition to her roles on American Horror Story, she also appeared in two seasons of Murphy’s American Crime Story, starring as Marcia Clark in The People vs. O.J. Simpson and as Linda Tripp on season 3’s Impeachment. She also starred in Murphy’s Nurse Ratched on Netflix.
Given her frequent collaborations with Murphy, there’s little doubt that with the right role, Paulson could be back together on a Murphy series again. And there is always the chance that Paulson could have a cameo in a future season of American Horror Story, which is something other actors have done over the years.
Though Paulson and American Horror Story go hand in hand, even if Paulson leaves the series for now it’s not like she can’t return later. After all these years, she deserves some time off if she chooses to take some time away from the series, and that will also give Murphy time to come up with another incredible role to lure her back.