‘American Horror Story’ Season 2 Details Revealed: What Happens Next

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:34 pm,

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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.

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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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The Theme:

The first season of American Horror Story dealt with the theme of infidelity in marriage, coupled with the trappings of a haunted house. Heading into the second season, Murphy has stated that the “California house approachis over.

Electing to change and evolve the series from season to season, Murphy and the rest of the series writers are looking at topical themes effecting society – along with locations “filled with demons and ghosts.”

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While Murphy has yet to reveal what, exactly, the theme will be for next season, he did give an example of some stories that would fit within the “American horror” genre:

“There are serial killing stories, prison stories or true crime stories. Each year of the show is designed to be a little miniseries unto itself. The only thing we’re not open to doing is a season on vampires.”

Of course, since Murphy decided to mention these specific story ideas, one could argue that it’s highly unlikely to see them make their way into season 2 – if for no other reason than to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

That being said, it is nice to hear that Murphy won’t be pulling a Twilight or True Blood with his critically acclaimed cable darling.

AHS Season 2 and beyond:

Even though Murphy was responsible for the most groundbreaking television series of 2011, he still acknowledges that such an overt transition from season to season might anger some of the series’ many fans, who are looking for a more specific viewing experience than the thematic anthology that Murphy intends on presenting.

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Letting fans know that they’re not the only ones who enjoyed watching the Harmon family, Murphy says:

“We too loved those characters and will mourn them and miss them. But the aspects of the show that people love, including the mystery and love story, will be there, albeit with new actors and characters. But you know, this has always been the plan from day one. We just weren’t interested in doing another season with those people trapped in the house…I’ve always wanted to do a kind of Mercury Theater approach, with a (rotating cast) and each year do kind of like a little novella.”

But what about American Horror Story season 3 and beyond?

Despite not officially announcing anything beyond season 2, FX president John Landgraf stated that he intends on American Horror Story becoming “a Halloween tradition for people who love the genre.”

Like Frank Darabont with The Walking Dead, Murphy and Falchuk have found a way to elevate an abused genre into must-see, groundbreaking television. And for all intents and purposes, it appears that American Horror Story will continue to be a staple for fall television.

American Horror Story season 2 premieres September/October 2012

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Source: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly

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  1. I love the series, I’m kind of dissapointed with how it ended, absolutely not because it was bad, but it ended leaving me with wanting more.

    together with “trublood” and “Grimm” this is my favourite tv show, because of the great cast.

    • I love Grimm and AHS

  2. I am kinda dissapointed with the way the show ended with tate and violet… They should be together.. I dont believe I am going to watch the show anymore without the Harmons on it… dead or alive..

    • I totally agree with you i feel the same way i probably wont be watching season 2. I loved the original cast.

    • i agree with Ashley. It just isnt the same without the Harmons. Violet and Tate are the only reason my friends got me to watch this show. The director is making a huge mistake cutting them out

  3. Thats BS , i want tge original characters with added people ? The new series wont make any sense ? I will not watch it !!

    • ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this makes me mad.

  4. ^^^Proof that people don’t like change^^^

    • absolutely agree with you, i think season 2 will be great!

    • So? What’s wrong with that??

  5. I haven’t read the book but I find it hard to accept that all the talk about the devil baby and (I forget her name) the dads mistress from Florida? Wasn’t she supposed to unleash wrath… Seems unfinished. I expected a lot more. It’s worth watching… Seems like they tried too hard to end it.

  6. i dont think american horror story will be the same anymore with replacements. why replace some of the cast anyway? its upsetting to people that like the characters but am still gonna watch it cause its awesome and i love tate!! hes my favorite character so far :) american horror story is amazing !!! … but when it comes out in scotland half of the people will hate it cause we dont like it when the characters are replaced but i think american horror story sesson 2 is gonna rock !!

  7. I am disappointed that we won’t see the house again. I’d love if it was featured in S2. It was very unfinished. The Devil Child and Haden and Tate.

  8. American Horror Story 2 will be amazing the guys know what they are doing!

    • I find it fascinating that each season will bring new people, new story lines, new places. I also love that the show brings in special actors that do not want to commit to doing a full series. Bravo. Something new and different. It’s about time.

    • I have to agree with Steph. These guys DEFINITELY know what they’re doing! Though I’ll admit, when I first heard they wouldn’t be bringing back the same characters/haunted house theme, I thought I wouldn’t like it. But after watching Season Two, I realized that it was EXACTLY the thing to do! I seriously didn’t think they could top season one, but they went ABOVE & BEYOND my expectations! And of course, the cast makes all the difference in how amazing season two has been. The actors are fantastic, especially Jessica Lange! I adored her as Constance and I freaking LOVE HER as Sister Jude! No matter what role that woman plays, she just nails it every time. So to all of you who chose not to watch season two…BAD choice! You really missed out on an excellent season! LONG LIVE AMERICAN HORROR STORY! THE BEST SHOW ON CABLE!

  9. im not gonna watch it no original cast i hate it except tate this makes me mad this is gonna be f****** stupid

    • Ignorant. People like you are the reason most TV is mindless garbage that panders to idiots. This is a fantastic show that has style and imagination. Season 2 was amazing.

      Your loss.

  10. they are using some original cast they are just going farther into the stoty of why the house from season 1 got to be the way it was constance is still in season two i dont realy understaind how yet but thats whats so great you gata watch it and figure it out i can asure every one this season will be amazing

  11. my favorate charatars are tate and violet and now there gone

  12. tate is still in there, he plays kit walker. and jessica lange plays sister jude. Also the girl that plays sister mary unisse was the same girl who played the wife of the doctor who built the house and brought theyre dead child back to life, in the 1st season. Also Zachary Quinto is in it again, he played one of the gay guys, the one who originally bought the latex suit. He now plays Dr. Threadson aka bloodyface. And dylan mcdermot has a bit part where he is bloodyfaces son. And sarah paulson is in it again

  13. i REALLY REALLY want to see violet and tate together!!!!

    • I don’t get people’s obsession over this. Tate was a great character (and Evan Peters a great actor) but the love story between him and Violet was the cheesiest part of Murder House

  14. Im so disappointed bc my favorite character was tate and violet. How can u just change almost the entire cast from the 1st season? I watched American horror story:asylum so when I was just on American Horror Story and then season 2 became the asylum part? That was just confusing. I miss tate.

    • you do know that the actor who plays tate is still in season 2 right?