‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Teaser Trailer; Character Details Revealed

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The fall of 2013 will see a wide array of new releases for television, along with the return of FX’s horror anthology series, American Horror Story. The storyline of season 3 – to be called American Horror Story: Coven – is still largely wrapped in mystery, with the majority of the news to date dealing with additions to the ever-impressive cast.

Now, however, we also have a tantalizing set of details about the third season’s characters. First though, a new teaser trailer for Season 3 has been released: an unsettling eighteen seconds showing us briefly how a coven of witches will handle detention, with a woman’s voice singing the first line of the song “House of the Rising Sun,” There is a house in New Orleans... Watch it above.

During an American Horror Story panel at the Television Critics’ Association summer press tour, executive producer Tim Minear joined stars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett in providing new details about their characters for Season 3, which has just started filming in New Orleans.

First up, returning star Jessica Lange will be playing a witch named Fiona. Here are her remarks about her character:

“Some of us play witches, some of us play historical characters. I do play a witch. We move back and forth in time. It encompasses a lot of different stories. I’ve shot two days so far, one day entrances and exits, the other day a scene. I don’t know who the character is yet. It comes in little dribs and drabs.”

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Kathy Bates joins the cast this season, and while we knew Bates would be Lange’s character’s nemesis somehow, now we know she’ll be playing a historical character, Madame LaLurie, “a Louisiana-born socialite and serial killer who kept slaves bound in her home.” Bates already played a weirdly similar character as the romance-author-imprisoning Annie Wilkes in Misery (for which she won an Oscar).

Angela Bassett is also a new addition to the cast and plays a character based on the legendary Marie Laveau, a Creole voodoo practitioner who styled herself a priestess and developed an underground multiracial following.

Besides noting that many of the New Orleans locals have come forward with plenty of information about Laveau (her daughter, known as Marie Laveau II, also became widely known and even feared in the community), Bassett had this to say:

“It’s been interesting being in New Orleans, there’s such a regard and respect for who she was. She was a woman in 1801 who lives to be 80 years old, who is a very influential person in the city. My character is based loosely on her.”

Sarah Paulson, who played Lana Winters, the reporter who ends up committed in Season 2, returns to play Cordelia, daughter to Jessica Lange’s character. Executive Producer Tim Minear noted that this season will touch on the oppression of minorities, and drew a connection between mothers and daughters:

“Within that idea, the idea of minority groups going after each other and doing the work of the larger culture for the larger culture [will be explored]. While there is a strong feminist theme that runs throughout Coven this year, there are also themes of race, oppression and there is a very strong theme of family, specifically mothers and daughters.”

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While the subtitle Coven automatically conjures up images of witches and witchcraft, fans might also have assumed it would be set around Salem, Massachusetts, site of the famed witch trials of the 17th century. We know now that it’s set in New Orleans, but Minear also said Salem witches will flee to the South during the season, also noting that “there are two kinds of witches in the world.” There are no further details on what exactly that means.

After the thoroughly grim Season 2 – which despite throwing in “ghosts, demons, mutants, aliens, musical numbers, a killer Santa, the Black Dahlia and a Nazi” still lacked the first season’s sleazy, campy charm – Minear said to expect Coven to be “more fun,” stating:

“This year is a drama but there is a lot of humor, and we are embracing a kind of velocity and fun with the series. It’s not the same as it was the past two years, but I think it can be more fun for the audience.”

The revelation of Bates’ character gives us a good idea of the time period this time around: somewhere between 1775 and 1842, the birth and death year of LaLurie, respectively. Marie Laveau also lived during this period, which could place the series comfortably within the early 19th century. Lange’s comments about jumping back and forth through time is a signal that the audience should once again expect the out of nowhere plot twists the show has become infamous for.


American Horror Story: Coven premieres in the fall of 2013 on FX.

Source: THR

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  1. That was a teaser of a teaser trailer. Looking forward to this season, primarily because of the cast, but I will be disappointed if it is as convoluted and contrived as it was last season.

  2. Turn ’em around, remove their clothes, and win the Interior Decorator’s Award of he year.

  3. *”the”*

  4. Cannot wait! I loved the first two seasons. Jessica Lange is fantastic.

  5. I’m not as excited as I was.

    Reason being, I finally got to see season 1 last month and after the fantastic second season, boy did season 1 suck in comparison. Totally boring, I’d had enough by episode 5 but ploughed through just to see how the threads were tied at the end.

    Lets just hope season 3 follows season 2 in terms of quality.

  6. I watched the first season of this show and thought it was horrible. I found the characters to be either boring or unlikeable and the directing/editing was the worst so I never bothered with season 2.

    • Season 2 is a major step forward in terms of quality in acting, directing, writing, etc. compared to Season 1.

      • I disagree. I liked Season 1 but thought Season 2 was terrible, being overly and unnecessarily convoluted and contrived. I am hoping this season is not as bad.

          • I totally agree season one was great. Had a hard time watching season two. It was to gross to watch. Looking forward to next season and the new cast.

        • I agree also. I was hooked on season 1, but so disappointed with season 2! Especially the ending. I really enjoy Jessica Lange though. Hoping for an intriguing season 3.

        • Agreed! I loved season 1, but could not make it past episode 3 on season 2! I truly hope I am not disappointed again this season …

  7. i thought season 1 was way better than season 2. i was in love with the characters like tate and violet and there relationship. the story was pretty cool. i didnt quiet like season 2 as much but i got through it and it was alright.

    • I agree. I loved season one but had a hard time getting into season two. I quit watching a little over halfway through. I am going to try season three only because i loved the first season so much. Fingers crossed it rocks…..

      • Yep. Fingers crossed!

  8. I loved both seasons of this series. You can’t really compare the seasons because they deal with different issues. Season 1 was kind of an intro to the series in which it dealt with more of a Amityville type of horror even though it wasn’t the same thing. Season 2 delt with a mental ward type of horror. Both did pretty well in their respected storylines IMO. Based on information around the web I am pretty excited for Season 3 and with the addition to the cast it has me thinking this could be the best yet of the series.

    • I couldn’t agree more!

    • I agree 100% you can’t compare since they both are two completly different stories, that I think are equally as good.

  9. I LOVED season 1! Loves the characters,story lines, twist & turns, etc. Almost every ep had a wtf-I didn’t see the coming from a mile away moment! But I really disliked season 2! It was just wayyy to much going on & I was still bored. I hope season 3 turns out well though! Cast sounds great, new Orleans is an amazing city, & stories about witches are usually always interesting.

  10. Season 1 was about the murder house season 2 is a mental instition about what it was about back then and it was hanted too I think it’s cool them makin different seasons and different stories it would’ve been nice to see more of season 1.

  11. Totally looking forward to this!!! Rewatching season 1 and waiting for season 2 dvd.

  12. loved both seasons though i agree season 1 was better than season 2, hope season 3 doesnt disappoint…great show one of my favourites!!!

  13. Loved season 1 over season 2. Can’t wait for season 3.

  14. I really hope they didnt ruin the series like they did true blood when they added HUMOR…to the show…I LOVE AHS because its strange creepy and scary…if I wanna see a comedy ill watch Chris rock or some comedy show…hmm I guess we will see what he means by fun and humor smh

  15. I loved both seasons!! The weirder the better!! Love creepy, scary, weirdness! :). Can’t wait for season 3 but I agree about the humor part. Hope it doesn’t make it “normal”

  16. I enjoyed both seasons one and two the only parts that I did not care for was the singing hope season three doesn’t have that it kinda looses the feel of the story.

  17. I loved both seasons. So far, I’ve liked the first two episodes of season three. What will the writers come up with next for season 4??

  18. Season 3 episode 2. what’s the name of that song in the hair shop (Jessica)that was playing, (angela bassett)that she eventually shuts off? Do anyone know?