‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ Trailers Tease Season 2 Clues (Updated)

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 11:58 am,

Images and teaser videos for season one of American Horror Story, from Glee-creator, Ryan Murphy, first started appearing online just over a year ago. At the time, most potential viewers assumed that the bizarre (and downright) creepy visuals were little more than disconnected shock and awe marketing – as if FX cherry-picked a few of the more abstract (and disturbing) scenes as poster children for a series that moment-to-moment would probably be a lot more grounded. Of course, for anyone who has actually seen American Horror Story, it’s hard to imagine being more mistaken – as much of the season one marketing is tame in comparison to the actual happenings in the series.

As a result, what are we to make of the teaser trailers for the second chapter of American Horror Story, subtitled Asylum? Over the course of the last few days, FX has been releasing short (and, unsurprisingly, creepy) fifteen-second vignettes for season two of the critically acclaimed series. In keeping with prior teases, the clips are beautifully shot and absolutely creepy, raising plenty of questions.

While most season two details are still being kept under wraps (or locked away – deep in solitary confinement), the disturbing images depicted in the teasers are likely to come full circle when the series returns to FX. Don’t expect shot by shot recreations of the teasers but it’d be extremely surprising if the Asylum storyline didn’t at some point hinge on dismembered body parts, a blue coat, hydrotherapy tank, and white rose, among others (in the same way that flames, a white dress, and the rubber-man suit were integral to the “Murder House” story).

Check out the latest American Horror Story teasers Blue Coat (#2), Hydrobath (#3), White Rose (#4), Ascend (#5), Glass Prison (#6), The Bucket (#7), White Rave (#8), Taste (#9), Bandages (#10), Fork (#11), Stitches (#12), Save Us (#13), Hellevator (#14), Slipping (#15), Veiled (#16), Spinning (#17), Exam (#18), Woods (#19), Spiral (#20), Awakening (#21), Door (#22), and Face (#23) below. In case you missed it, Special Delivery (#1) is at the top of the page:


As we’ve previously reported, season two of the series will not follow in the aftermath of season one (at least not directly) – and, instead, will focus on equally horrifying events in a mental institution. Ever since the series was first announced Murphy (and co-creator Brad Falchuk) had asserted that each installment would tell a unique story (as part of a larger horror anthology) – not serve as a continuation of core American Horror Story “Murder House” character arcs. That said, the series will still see the return of several regular cast members, including Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto, but serving in entirely different roles this round.

It’s hard to know what to expect from the upcoming season, given the intriguing mix of returning actors but entirely new story and character material; however, fans can take comfort in knowing that Murphy and Falchuk have enjoyed plenty of time to plan the Asylum chapter – since FX ordered season two of American Horror Story after airing only four episodes of the series.

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American Horror Story: Asylum debuts on FX this October.

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  1. i just dont understand .. they are gonna use the same actors to play diffrent characters ?? is this meant to confuse the audience ? or is there a reason for this .. if they are not gonna be playing their characters from the first season then why not just hire new actors to play new characters ..

    • It’s like what Hitchcock did with his show, except he had a different story line for each episode. I like how we are getting deeper into the story line instead of leaving the characters after one episode.

      • yeah and i think that is what is going on here .. and i guess its ok but i think that they should of just went with an all new cast .. but then again maybe there will be a tie into last season in a way we are not expecting and wont see coming until the end ..

        • Season 2 will not have anything in common with the previous season.

          • then they should of went with an all new cast ..

            • why you don’t just let it go, watch the season, and understand what their decision is then?

      • What?

        Hitchcock was a anthology show that aired on tv but that’s basically where the similarity stops.

        The show was not as promised, A self contained story per episode. It was like all tv shows where they try to have some type of beginning/Middle and end to each episode even if its a series. When they are not, they usually do a part 1 of 2 thingamagigie.

        Now moving the story away and doing it in a asylum doe’s allow more characters and stories behind their insanities. Which certainly could be good and might achieve what the producers stated the series would be before it began.

        Bound to be Interesting(which is better then most tv anyway)

        Oh and by the way, I did step on some cat poop this morning.

    • Thats like saying using the same actors to play different roles in different movies, like Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden and Benjamin Button, will confuse people. I think we can figure it out.

      • not the same .. as using brad pitt to play benjamin button and the captain of the boat .. and then not using any make up to give them a diffrent look either .. your example does is not valid ..

      • not the same .. ita more like as using brad pitt to play benjamin button and the captain of the boat .. and then not using any make up to give them a diffrent look either .. your example does is not valid ..

  2. Victor, think of it as something similar to the Final Fantasy games. Each instalment is a different story. You may see elements from the other games in each sequel, but that is the end of it. Reusing a few noteworthy actors in additional seasons isn’t a bad choice as long as you keep in mind that it is a different story. Some people may have trouble with this concept, but I do not see any difference is reusing an actor from the first season and seeing that actor in something totally different, like Zachary Quinto in Heroes.

  3. yeah i see what you are saying but casual viewers of this show are gonna be like wait i though quinto s character was a gay .. and then with lange isnt she the evil woman with the anti christ kid whats the deal .. its one thing to borrow elements and its another thing to use the same actors as diffrent character on the same show the next following season ..
    it would be like if the start of the office they followed a new office in san fransico california and they used rain wilson as a new character named wright smutte .. unless you come on screen rant of do any digging about the show they are gonna be confused as heck when they see the same actors playing difrent characters on the same show .. but again maybe its be design im not sure ..

    • I’m not sure if you guys have been watching, but I did not watch any of the first season until after I watched the first episode of season 2. I, too, thought that season 1 would tie into this one, but so far it doesn’t, and I don’t mind it at all. Season 1 was AMAZING, and so far, so is season 2. I am not confused at all. I love the show!

  4. how can anyone be tight about the way they’re handling the characters? i say it brings a really cool element to the table.

  5. It’s reall not that complex. Ryan and Brad decided to reuse 2 incredible talent (Quinto and Lange) in a second round of a great show in which they felt would benefit more from a fresh story each year.

    • theres a lot more returning cast. Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, and the fortune teller woman….

  6. To the writer of this article, that “promo” you have posted, the 3D images of the doctors centerted around the table, is a fake. It’s been circulating the internet since they first announced Season 2 was set in a mental hospital.

    • Holy fake out Batman! In all seriousness, good looking out. I’ve removed it.

    • Although, it you look at the poster, it does include a nurse that looks similar to the one in the blue coat promotion.

  7. I never realized how short these trailers were, 15 seconds! The tension they manage to build in that short amount of time makes them seem much longer. A co-worker at Dish thinks that each trailer represents elements of a different characters storyline, with so little information given, it’s hard to say. I am so excited to watch this new season with my Hopper. Its 2,000 hours of storage space are going to be put to good use, now that all of my favorite shows are returning. But, I am most excited that I get to fast-forward through all of the commercials on my recordings, which will be a blessing for the premiere. I think that even without a supernatural element at play, this season looks scarier than the first.

  8. I love it. Just weird enough to make you think, wtf? i dig the exorcist spider crawl down the stairs. all of these videos make me think this season is going to be more off the wall than the first. i can’t wait.

  9. Clip two is my favourite. That little look to the camera she gives gets me every time. I enjoyed series one but series two was out of the corner of my eye. Not any more though. Roll on October.

    • +1

      • …about the clip 2 comment…haven’t got around to watching all of this series.

  10. I cannot wait!! Only show on television I have to watch! I am sure all of us AHS-philes will not be disappointed! I don’t care if Jessica Lange is in a Mickey Mouse costume, she can do no wrong!!

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