The sex and blood covered American Horror Story of the Harmon family began revealing itself to the world on October 5 2011, and quickly became one of the biggest successes in the history of FX's original programming. The taboo subject matter and no holds barred delivery of it made AHS the perfect guilty pleasure, and the multi-faceted mind-screw of a mythology found therein kept viewers hooked as more and more juicy details came to light. The first season came to an end on December 21, and with the show already renewed, speculation turned to just what road the producers would take with their next fractured fairytale of ghastly gore and vile viscera. Sorry, The Cryptkeeper possessed me there for a minute.
Series creator Ryan Murphy has since announced that the second season will in fact be a completely new American Horror Story revolving around a new core group of characters, in a new setting, and with new tortured souls to haunt our TV screens. Personally, I think this is a great idea. I won't spoil the ending of season 1, but there was really no viable avenue to continue. That was already becoming apparent around episode 7 or 8. As a life-long fan of both the horror genre and anthology style story telling, this type of set-up may be the closest any of us get to that any time soon. It reminds me of the original plan for the Halloween sequels, in which each new film would have a new story and characters but would take place around Halloween.
Previously, Murphy had also hinted that one or more cast members might return as different characters for this go-around. The obvious choice would of course be Jessica Lange, who's had critical raves and award nods heaped upon her since the pilot. According to Crave Online, it is now confirmed that Lange will return. Whether she will be a regular again or have a smaller role this time is still unknown. Producers also claim to be in negotiations with four other actors from season 1 to return in some form. Murphy himself ruled out the Harmons, and Alexandra Breckinridge, Frances Conroy, and Kate Mara have all signed on to other new series. This would leave notables such as Morris Chestnut, Sarah Paulson, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, and Denis O'Hare as still eligible to come back.
Are you excited for the new season of American Horror Story? Did you not watch the first installment but are considering watching the next? Put on your rubber suits, head to the comments section and let your opinions fly.