American Horror Story is a unique offering among today’s popular and award-winning television series. Not simply because of its bizarre and at times horrifying premises, but because it has premises, as in multiple – a new one each season, in fact.

Ryan Murphy’s anthology horror series has previously dealt with threats from a haunted house, an insane asylum, and most recently a coven of witches in the Bayou. For its fourth season on FX – apply named American Horror Story: Freak Show – a creepy carnival will serve as the setting.

Many of the series’ veterans are returning for Freak Show, including Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange (though the latter’s already announced season 4 will be her last). Newcomers to this season of American Horror Story include Michael Chiklis as Bates’ ex-husband, the world’s smallest woman, and the legend of stage and screen, Patti LaBelle.

Undoubtedly, this season of American Horror Story will feature its strangest characters to date, as much of the cast is expected to appear as freaks in a carnival side show managed by Lange’s Elsa Mars. To give an example, returning star Sarah Paulson will be playing conjoined twins!

Today, FX released a new poster for American Horror Story: Freak Show, featuring the cast as their freakish personas. Check it out below:

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As you can see for yourself, Bates’ Effil Darling will be a bearded lady and Chiklis’ Wendil del Tolito a typical carnival strongman. That’s Lange front and center, and surely her position at the fulcrum of this balancing act isn’t coincidental. The series tagline, “Wir sind alle freaks,” alludes to her German heritage as well and it translates to “we are all freaks,” a sentiment which will surely play heavy this season.

The few details we already know about Freak Show also imply a rocky relationship between Darling and Angela Bassett’s Desiree Dupre since Dupre will be the new wife to Darling’s former husband, played by Chiklis. And you can see that division implied in the art above. Playing Darling’s son with Del Tolito is Evan Peters, and it appears his character is also needed to help stabilize the precarious balancing act between Darling, Dupre, and whomever Frances Conroy and Dennis O’Hare are playing.

What other clues and hints can you find in the new art for American Horror Story: Freak Show? Let us know what you find in the comments below!

American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere Wednesday, October 8 @ 10pm on FX.