Anne Rice fans hoping for a connected Immortal Universe on AMC will get their wish! As part of AMC’s presentation at the Television Critics’ Association press tour, Immortal Universe executive producer Mark Johnson and Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches showrunner Esta Spaulding confirmed that Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire will cross over with Mayfair Witches. The duo teased that one character from Interview with the Vampire will appear on Mayfair Witches, though they did not specify if this would occur in the first season or in a potential second season. While there have been small Easter eggs and throwaway lines linking the two series, this is the first confirmation that AMC has plans to fully integrate the shows into one canonical universe.
For book fans, this likely won’t come as a massive surprise. Rice’s Vampire Chronicles crossed over with the Lives of the Mayfair Witches series in three novels: Merrick, Blackwood Farm, and Blood Canticle. Merrick follows the life of Merrick Mayfair, a witch whose story intersects with both Louis and Lestat in major ways. The two subsequent books also introduce new characters with connections to Louis and Lestat. As of yet, AMC has not revealed plans for Merrick to appear on Mayfair Witches, at least not in the first season. The network does have the rights to all three books, so she and others from those novels could be brought into either series.
There’s also a link already hinted at on Mayfair Witches. The Talamasca, or the organization Ciprien works for, was first introduced in the Vampire Chronicles book Queen of the Damned before popping up in The Witching Hour, which the first season of Mayfair Witches loosely follows. It would be easy enough for there to be a character jump between both shows using the organiation as an excuse, especially since Ciprien himself is an amalgamation of two separate characters from Lives of the Mayfair Witches.
It remains to be seen which character will make the leap first. From a timeline perspective, Mayfair Witches roughly lines up with the present day scenes from Interview with the Vampire, which would make for some intriguing crossover potential but could be difficult to pull off without one show spoiling the other. While overall both series have remained largely faithful to their source material, enough changes have been made that it’s not out of the realm of possibility for the character to be one that doesn’t appear in the novels at all.
Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches airs Sundays on AMC+. You can find our other coverage of the series here, along with our coverage of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.