The second season of FX’s American Horror Story is starting to take shape. New details on the Season 2 setting, time-period, and additional returning cast members have emerged.
Here’s what was revealed about AHS Season 2 at the TV Academy in North Hollywood..
Co-creator Ryan Murphy reiterated that Season 2 of the FX serial-anthology will be set in an East Coast Mental Institution:
“[Season 2] is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica.”
Murphy also confirmed the foreshadowing second season clue planted in Season 1:
“[It was] something that Sarah Paulson’s character, Billie Dean, says to Jessica and Taisa as she’s sage-ing the house and talking about places where evil collects: We talk about institutions and prisons and things like that. That was the clue.”
Sarah Poulson pointed to this being the clue in a recent PaleyFest interview.
The second season will also take place in a different era. Murphy said:
“It’s a completely different world and has nothing to do with Season 1; there’s not a mention of Season 1. The second season is set in a completely different time period.”
Who’s Coming Back?
We already know that five cast original cast members are slated to return in Season 2 — Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sara Poulson, and Lily Rabe. Murphy noted that more familiar faces from the first season could also end up playing all-new characters on the show next term:
“The idea is to work with actors that you love and are excited by. The second season, everybody who was announced, there will be other people up on this stage who are not announced who will also be in it but are playing the polar opposite of what they were in the first season in every way,”
Those “other people” included: Connie Britton (Vivien), Dylan McDermott (Ben), Alexandra Breckenridge (Moira), Denis O’Hare (Larry), Peters (Tate), Quinto (Chad), Lange (Constance), Rabe (Nora).
Here’s what Murphy had to say about Adam Levine‘s Season 2 role:
“He’s a sexy guy so he needs to play a sexy guy, but the guy that is different than who you think he would play. I pitched him the part and he listened, slack jawed, and simply said, ‘I’m in.’ The second season is fun, sexy and baroque. It has a lot of meat to it; it’s a really gritty part. He’s with a girl and they play characters called The Lovers.”
No further world — yet — on Lizzie Brocheré‘s ‘nemesis’ character.
The second season of AHS will spook this fall on FX.