As viewers were captivated by the beautifully tragic telling of the Harmon family’s experience in the “Murder House” on FX’s American Horror Story, all eyes are on creator Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk as their televisual noir enters into its second season.

With over 3.8 million viewers tuning in to the American Horror Story season one finale, the proverbial book has been closed on Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton), Violet (Taissa Farmiga), Tate (Evan Peters), and Constance (Jessica Lange). The house, both literally and figuratively, is gone – along with majority of the first season cast.

By deciding to make American Horror Story an anthology series from the beginning, it was always Murphy and Falchuk’s ambitious plans to change the narrative focus, location and cast with each season.  The only element that will tie the seasons together with be theme of an “American horror” story.

So what awaits fans when American Horror Story season 2 premieres?

Here’s what we know:

The Hints:

Contained within the penultimate episode of season one, entitled “Birth,” are hints that not only reveal the location of American Horror Story season 2, but also what the story will be about.

Taunting fans to find his masterfully placed clues, Murphy says, “Go through it frame by frame. I planted it in there. I will never reveal it.”

If you feel up to the challenge, you can watch “Birth” in its entirety below (US residents only):


The Cast:

As previously stated, almost all of the cast of American Horror Story will be replaced for the second season. While Murphy revealed that they’re still negotiating with a handful of original cast members to return as different characters, he also stated that they’re currently meeting with new actors for the majority of the roles.

Unfortunately, Murphy acknowledges that it’s highly unlikely for the two main actors to return, though he holds out hope:

“I will say that Connie and Dylan will not be playing the leads of the show in the second season. We’d love for them to come back and do something, maybe a smaller role or a cameo.”

While fans of the series may be upset that Britton and McDermott are being replaced, Murphy explained that this was the reason why they were able to cast them in the first place:

“There are a lot of actors who have their own careers and don’t want to make a five-year commitment. This gives people who haven’t done TV before an opportunity. Our shooting schedule is like three or four months every season, so it’s like committing to a film really. I get a lot of calls from film actors who want to dabble in TV but don’t know how to do it. Being on a series where all of the characters’ stories are done after a season is a way in for them. That’s been the plan from the beginning with this show.”

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