It's been speculated almost since before the first season ended, but now American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy has officially confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the two-time Oscar winning actress will come back for another round of frights on FX this October. In fact, not only will Lange be returning, but she won't be in a supporting role this time. Murphy has much bigger plans for the former Constance Langdon - "We have designed the second season of American Horror Story completely around her character. This will really be the Jessica Lange show so I’m very excited about it. We are designing this amazing new opposite of the Constance character for her. She has a lot of ideas, and has a lot of input into her character. She told me some things she has always wanted to play as an actress."
Murphy also confirmed that three other actors from the first season will return, but won't release their identities until Friday. The rumor mill is heavily hinting that the other three returnees are Denis O'Hare (Larry Harvey), Evan Peters (Tate Langdon), and Frances Conroy (Moira O’Hara). Again though, nothing is confirmed until it comes out of the mouth of Mr. Murphy.
Little else is currently known about what direction AHS' second season is headed in. Murphy has confirmed that the show will this time take place on the East Coast and that the location will be a "horror institution", so I'd assume that the setting will have major significance to fans of the genre. It remains to be seen if this new American Horror Story can recapture the same lightning in a bottle that the first season did, but signing up the woman who won both a Golden Globe and SAG award for her role last year is certainly a great start.
Are you happy Jessica Lange is coming back? Do you like the idea of a new character for her, or would you rather that the story of Constance continued?