American Horror Story Season 3: Kathy Bates Joins Cast as Jessica Lange’s Nemesis

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American Horror Story has proven to be a real winner for FX. The show earned impressive numbers throughout season 2, subtitled Asylum, and was quickly renewed for season 3. Concrete details regarding the upcoming storyline have remained scarce, but co-creator Ryan Murphy (of Nip/Tuck and Glee fame) has since offered a few hints regarding what fans can expect.

Thus far, the series has included all manner of supernatural madness, including demons, mutants, aliens and ghosts. Murphy himself has said that the season will feature an “evil glamour” of sorts, and rumor has it that witches will be a central part of the plot. While the inclusion of magic is still unconfirmed, the latest addition to the show’s cast is sure to raise expectations.

According to TV Line, Oscar winner Kathy Bates is poised to join American Horror Story season 3 as the arch-enemy (and former best friend) of Jessica Lange’s new character. The season is expected to be more historical than previous rounds – though it will jump through a few different time periods – and will feature a somewhat lighter tone than the bleak Asylum.

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Bates most recently headlined Harry’s Law for NBC, but she is no stranger to the world of horror. The actress famously walked away with Oscar gold for her chilling portrayal of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in the 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. So the thought of her joining the eerie world of American Horror Story is a terrific fit and gives her a chance to exercise those chill-inducing acting skills once more. Plus, the very idea of Lange and Bates facing off (potentially as witches) can only help to bring in viewers at this point.

In addition to Lange, the upcoming season of American Horror Story will feature returning cast members Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe and Evan Peters.

Do you think Bates will prove a worthy adversary for Lange and a smart addition to the cast? Let us know in the comments.

American Horror Story season 3 will premiere this fall on FX.

Source: TVLine

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  1. American Horror Story just went from awesome to classic, must have for the library, all time favorite status.

  2. its a show that is going from strength to strength, and keeping us glued and wanting more! even when it tells u the end (looking at you lost) the second season surpassed the first, and with Kathy Bates joining and becoming an adversary of Jessica Lange’s new character … how can it not get even better….

    at least i hope it does!!

  3. Loved season 2 but season one was a classic that can’t be beat

  4. A real clash of the titans

  5. Season 2 was not as good as season 1 !
    Still watched it but a couple of things just felt not thought out,and a few plot points and solutions just seemed convenient writing and lazy !

    Here is hope season 3 is better again !

  6. After watching seasons 1 & 2 I’m not at all surprised that Bates would sign on to AHS. It must be a actors dream to be on this show.
    Is there a way we can get Nashville canceled so Connie Britton can come back? I missed her in season 2. :(

    • Here, here!

  7. Seems like Ryan Murphy likes Six Feet Under a lot.

  8. Lily Rabe and Jessica Lange being on is enough to get me to tune in. They were both exceptional last season. Especially Rabe. Bates is just icing on the big, evil cake.

  9. Wow! This will be a clash between two movie legends!

  10. strangely i would like to see Jodelle Ferland cast for a lead role on this season 3

  11. Awesome. Can’t wait. Bates & Lange together.

  12. I hope that Violet and Tate are together again in the show. I hope that Jodelle Ferland plays a role in American horror story. season 3 but mostly I want Violets mother and father in the new season.

  13. I’m going to miss “Tate” SO much.. but I know he can fill any role perfectly.

  14. I hear that Kathy Bates’ character is gonna make her role as Annie Wilkes look tame! If this true, this is going to be one hell of a ride!

  15. HOW can this NOT be good. Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange??? I will be GLUED to the TV during this season. I love how every season is different. It keeps the show fresh every year. How can it NOT be renewed? Excellent casting, directing and, of course, acting. So far, I’ve loved both seasons and will only look forward to what is up Murphy’s sleeve, BRAVO!