‘American Horror Story’ Season 2 Set In Mental Hospital; Different Time Period

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Even though American Horror Story season 2 is still (many) months away from premiering, series creator Ryan Murphy has revealed exactly where the second season of FX’s horror anthology will be taking place.

Speaking at the American Horror Story panel at the TV Academy last week, Murphy revealed that the second season will be moving across the country for its new setting and will be taking place at an institution for the criminally insane that’s set on the East Coast. Returning favorite Jessica Lange will be running the institution, though no additional information about her character was revealed.

Additionally, Murphy also confirmed what many fans had already expected: that American Horror Story season 2 will be a completely new (and separate) story:

It’s a completely different world and has nothing to do with Season 1; there’s not a mention of Season 1. The second season is set in a completely different time period.

When Murphy’s intentions of having an anthology series were revealed shortly after the show premiered, many assumed that the famed Murder House would be a fixed location – along with all the season one characters.

It wasn’t until the body count of series began to rise, that people began to wonder exactly what would happen in American Horror Story season 2. Eventually, Murphy revealed that a new setting and cast would be included in the series’ second season – though it was unclear whether returning actors would still be playing their same characters.

So while we now know that American Horror Story season 2 will have nothing to do with its first season in any way, it’s time to think about what type of storytelling will be inspired from its mental hospital setting.

american horror story gimp American Horror Story Season 2 Set In Mental Hospital; Different Time PeriodWhat’s the mental hospital version of Rubberman? Tongue Depressor Man? (say “Ahh”)

Granted, horror stories about haunted hospitals are almost as common as horror stories based on haunted houses. That being said, no one can deny the fact that American Horror Story certainly reinvented the telling of a haunted house, so one should rightly assume that they will continue this unique approach with the mental hospital.

Of course, with the news that American Horror Story season 2 will be based in a different time period, the old timey crazed doctor and nurse clichés do begin to set in. That is, unless Murphy’s decision for a different time period included the future as an option.

Whether or not you’re excited about the new setting, it’s difficult to jump to any negative presumptions about the decisions Murphy and Co. decide to make. After the whirlwind adventure that was the first season, one can rightfully assume that the quality of storytelling will continue – no matter the location or the time period.


American Horror Story season 2 will premiere October 2012.

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  1. loved the first season..

    also, love the idea that each season will be something new and different..

    really looking forward to season 2

  2. Im with you Loki. Loved the originality of season 1 and I am really looking forward to season 2. A new story each season means a fresh start and new ideas, I love the concept. It’s kind of like a Creepshow idea but each stroy is a whole season.

  3. With an insane asylum on the east coast and a different time period, I’m really hoping that they take some inspiration from Lovecraft for this season. I think that would be a lot more interesting than just another haunted location.

    • It’s not another haunted location…I thinnkmurphy has stated that…I think possessions will somehow be involved

      • Hmm, I guess that’s something. Still seems a little too similar to the subject matter of the first season, but I loved the first season, so I’ll keep an open mind.

    • I hope they film at Fairfield Hills in Newtown, CT. It is a retired insane asylum. Beautiful setting perfect for the scare factor AH inspires.
      And it is purportedly haunted. Currently it is used as a half way house for prisoners going on release!

      • fairfield hills is not used to house inmates!! i guess your not from the area or else you would know this. It is used for classes for a local college… and local teams play sports there! geez

      • I’m pretty sure the photos show the Waverly asylum. Its been used in countless movies.

  4. I can’t wait it’s going to be really interesting I hope they change te poster and the opening to something really cool and does anyone know when season 1 is comming out on DVD

  5. I loved season 1 but was disappointed by lack of a conclusive ending. Especially in light of the anthology series announcement. But I’m in.

  6. As long as we get the YOUNG French Maid I’m all in! ~ Stark

    • Amen to that!

  7. Silent Hill video game was the same way with every sequel being different but with the same title.. and the movie House with William Katt, that had different cast of characters in the sequels. The House sequels sucked and so did The Howling series. I hope American Horror Story don’t fall into that trap.

  8. AHS is such a gift. Unlike all other shows. Jessica Lange is mesmerizing. Her monologues are mind-blowing. Here’s to Season 2!

  9. I love this show. Excited at the thought of a new storyline and new setting. Just can’t wait until October!!

  10. I loved the first season. And i love the concept of a new plot each season. I don’t feel in the dark about what happened to the characters in the first season because the writers pretty much summed that up. I’m glad that they didn’t leave us hanging. That is why it is awesome that they are having a new start each season. It’s like a movie except it spreads out over a season.

  11. I ADORE this show – the first season was spectacular, and each character truly gifted in their own right…I am very much looking forward to season 2, though I must admit, I am disappointed that they are changing location and time periods. There was still so much that could have been done, with the house and the characters themselves, I am keeping an open mind, but do hope very much that they will somehow incorporate those things from the previous season into the new one. Cheers to AHS!

  12. Loved the first season! I’m really liking the new story deal, too. Reminds me of Creepshow, or Tales from the Crypt with seasons, as someone stated earlier. Also, I hope the time period is maybe in the 1950s, or 20s even. I don’t know why, but I just love any stories that have to do with the past, or period movies/stories. But that’s just me. Hopefully it’ll be as good if not better as the first season. Here’s for another excellent season!

  13. i absolutly LOVE this show!! sooo excited for season 2!! DVR is already set!!!

  14. Can’t wait! Miss it! Loved the first season!

  15. Can’t wait for the second season. October not coming fast enough

  16. omg omg omg!!!! I just cant wait!!

  17. I feel as though having a new time and place for the setting is an excellent idea; however, I would love to have season 2 be about season 1 that way we could find out what happens to everything with the satin child on the loose.

  18. Im happy there’s a new season but I wish it would carry on where it left off

  19. I WANT TO KNOW. Will it be the same characters or same actors? I mean, I love the idea of a whole new setting but taking away the characters that had made the show would be a complete and utter disgrace.

  20. I have high expectations for the next season of american horror story. Season 1 was intelligent, twisted, confusing, emotional, dark and well horrifying. I hope that Ryan Murphy can keep that same vibe and that same style in the new season. I’m also pleased to hear that Jessica Lange is already cast.

    I can’t wait.

  21. I love this show!!! I can’t wait for it to come back on. I want to see what the director has up his sleeve. Last season was awesome and I couldn’t wait for the next episode to air. :) Hurry up October!!!!!

    • I meant creator, Ryan Murphy sorry had to give him credit :)

  22. I don’t think I’ll like season 2. There’s no Tate and Violet :(((((


  23. I am glad they are changing it for the simple reason that I wonder how far they could take the show doing the haunted house theme. I do think that at some point in time they will bring it back to the two babies that were born. Imagine the possibilities. I am thinking that they may try to explain the Jessica Lange Character a little more. Or maybe she was reicarnated. Oh the possibilities are endless. Hurry up “American Horror Story: Asylum”!

  24. When I used to watch Nip/Tuck (another Ryan Murphy creation–I still miss it) I always noticed something that never happened with any other show. It would feel like I had been watching it for only about 10-15 minutes, but I’d look at the clock and it was nearly over with only a few minutes left! The same thing happened with AHS. I don’t know how Murphy makes time fly that fast. :)

  25. Meh.

  26. Season 1 was captivating, I was so excited to see each one. I love the characters& the flow of the show. It always left me guessing & happy. I’m very excited for season 2! I miss nip/tuck soo much. Christian was such a great character. I really like Ryan Murphy & his style. He can pack so much into just an hour. I would love to see him break into film.

  27. I am SOO excited about seasons AHS, it is going to be so epic! This is one show me and my husband can sit down and watch together, i love the fact that it has me on the edge of my seat ALL THE TIME !
    I am glad that it will be in a new setting and new people (considering everyone but the dad died last time just about) i hope it’s as mind turning :D

  28. The first season was really good. I’m glad Jessica Lange is coming back.

  29. i cant wait till this comes out i loved the first one i never missed a show it was a great story line and had me in since the start its cool that there will be a different story line but the second one should be just as good maby better im excited :)