Executive producer Ryan Murphy has revealed that American Horror Story season four will either stick around in New Orleans or move to Santa Fe. Murphy also confirmed that it won't be a contemporary story.

Kathy Bates American Horror StoryKathy Bates in 'American Horror Story'

"It's either going to shoot in New Orleans or it's going to shoot in Santa Fe," he told Entertainment Weekly. 

Speculation suggested that the next season would be a spin-off of Coven, which tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America, though Murphy said that idea is now 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,'" he said, adding, "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."

Murphy has said he will drop hints about the next story in the series during the final episodes of the current season and EW reports that it will begin happening from around Episode 11 onwards. 

Coven has seen the long-absent Supreme Fiona (Jessica Lange) arrive to ensure the safety of the Coven, a school opened in New Orleans to teach young witches how to protect themselves. Events reveal a long-held rivalry between the witches of Salem and the Voodoo practitioners of New Orleans, as well as grudge between the Voodoo Queen (Angela Bassett) and a socialite serial killer (Kathy Bates).

American Horror Story continues on FX on Wednesday evenings.