‘American Horror Story’ Season 3 Details Revealed

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American Horror Story Season 3 Details American Horror Story Season 3 Details Revealed

With the end of American Horror Story: Asylum comes questions not just related to the more ambiguous aspects of what transpired during the season, but also what the series’ co-creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, are cooking up for the all-new storyline of season 3.

Although work has yet to officially get started on the new season, prior to the end of season 2, Murphy let slip a few tantalizing details as to what direction the anthology would be headed. Many fans have already begun speculating that the overall theme of season 3 would have to do with witches, magic or some variation of the two, and how that will be incorporated with Murphy’s rather cryptic use of the term “evil glamour.

Additionally, the writer-director also said that he was interested in a shooting location that had seen “true horror,” leading many to think Salem, Massachusetts – which would be in keeping with the theory that the story will involve witches.

In a series of interviews with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy provided a few teases as to what the audience can expect, but remained mum on most specifics (like the season’s subtitle), which means those hoping for a confirmation or denial of the whole witches in Salem theory will have to wait just a bit longer. But considering how frequently Murphy likes to give interviews, and how much information he’s usually willing to offer up in them, we’ll likely have firmer details soon.

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Murphy stated:

“I start meeting with the writers on Monday. I’ve talked to them about what I want to do and everyone loves it. I want to flesh it out a bit before I announce it. I have like 6 nominees for the word. You know this year the word was “asylum.” I’m trying to figure out which is the best one.”

As far as casting goes, it has already been announced that in addition to Jessica Lange, season 3 will count Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters among the primary cast, but no word yet on whether or not Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe, Dylan McDermott or Asylum additions like Chloë Sevigny, James Cromwell and Joseph Fiennes will be back for another go-round with Murphy’s brand of “horror.”

And while one third of the Harmon family managed to make an appearance in season 2 (courtesy of Dylan McDermott as Johnny a.k.a. Son of Bloody Face), that meant Asylum had a noticeable dearth of Connie Britton (who is off in Nashville), as well as season 1 standout Taissa Farmiga, who played the doomed teenage lover of ghost-boy/spree-killer Tate Langdon (Evan Peters). If you missed Taissa, then you’re in luck, because, according to his statement in another EW interview, so did Murphy.

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“I missed [Taissa] this season. There wasn’t really a role for her. I feel very protective of her and I didn’t want her to go back into the loony bin – it was too dark. So I thought well ‘I want Taissa to be one of the leads next year.’ I called her up and pitched her the character for the season and she loved it and she said, ‘Yes let’s do it.’ So we’re in negotiations for her to headline season 3.”

Although he did not divulge just what characters the actors will be playing, Murphy suggested that Lange will take on something more akin to her season 1 role, while the season’s tone, overall, will be a little lighter, with funnier and more romantic moments.

“I think Jessica is going back to be in that Constance-vein. She’s gonna go back to her evil roots, Jessica Lange.

There’s a romantic element. I think the whole season I want to be funnier, romantic. But make no mistake, just when I think it’s gonna be a little lighter, I find this great, true-life character that’s the most horrible woman ever created.”

Meanwhile, regardless their opinion on how the Asylum storyline turned out, many fans have been vocal in appreciating director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s visual stylings in episodes like ‘I am Anne Frank: Part 2,’ ‘Spilt Milk‘ and, of course, the season finale, ‘Madness Ends.’ Murphy, too, seemed to think Mr. Gomez-Rejon was an extraordinary addition to the series, and is quick to assure those reading that he’ll be back in a more prominent role, helping to dictate the overall look and feel of season 3.

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“Yes, Alfonso is going to be our producer/director so he will be directing a lot of them. He will be working with me to really create the look of what we’re doing. What we’re doing is more ambitious than what we’ve ever done.”

One of the things that will make season 3 more “ambitious” will be the fact that shooting will take place on location, rather than a soundstage, and, according to Murphy, the production will shoot in three different locales – which will no doubt add to the speculation as to what, exactly, the new season will entail.

“…this one will be shot on location in three different cities in the country.  I should just say that it’s American Horror Story: Bret Easton Ellis and the whole thing is set in his mind. Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Maybe that’s season four.”

Sounds like Murphy has some confidence that American Horror Story will continue on past season 3. Meanwhile, the rest of us will have to wait and see what’s to come before we share in that doubtlessness.

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

Source: Entertainment Weekly 

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  1. After they found the body in the water tank of the Cecil Hotel AKA Skid Row Hotel in Los Angeles, I think they should do a season in a hotel. Lots of hotels have long histories of tragic/horror story worthy events. Plus it’s the perfect place for an ensemble cast of diverse characters who normally wouldn’t interact.

    • Good your idea, but I think the new season takes place in a school because when I saw “I am Anne Frank” second part, I get excited when Shelley came out of that school and scare children. I do not want to see children frightened and suffering terrifying events what I want is to be carried out in a school for women
      schools hide secrets

    • Love the idea of the hotel…there’s a series that real people real people explore haunted locations alone for one week, Alone..
      Some are really fitting for this movie..

  2. i really don’t think anyone will ever understand my exitement for this show.. i almost cried when they said Taissa will be a lead in season three, she is my role model. And i’m so excited Evan peters is going to be back on!! hopefully there will be more romance with Taissa’s character and Evan’s character. But i didnt like Grace… i hope she doesn’t come back. I also hope they bring back Dylan McDermott and Lily Rabe <3 im so excited!!

    • I seriously love this show as much as you! Trust me! Haha. I fell in love the moment I saw the title!!!

    • I totally get you!!! I’m still euphoric after knowing that Taissa is back!!! Now Ryan has to leak that Evan and her are going to be a couple again in season 3 and I could not be happier!!!

  3. A mention of Bret Easton Ellis in this article certainly is tantalizing. What a great marriage American Horror Story and American Psycho would make. I can easily imagine Dylan McDermott playing a character similar to Christian Bales’ set in the late 80’s Wall Street era. Greed is good. Greed is horrific.

  4. I think that it’s going to be witches, but I highly doubt that it’s going to be Salem. Everyone’s focusing on “I Put a Spell on you” playing on the jukebox, and Ryan Murphy mentioned he wanted to bring some evil glamour into series three, and a glamour is a kind of spell that changes your perception- an ugly woman becomes beautiful; a tattered foxtail becomes luscious.

    However, I think the setting is going to be New Orleans based on the next episode. Not sure if anyone’s mentioned it, but the next episode had “Love Potion Number 9″ played on the jukebox. That has a lot more to do with the more hoodoo school of magic, so I really think New Orleans is the most obvious choice.

  5. I think Zachary Quinto would be the perfect choice if they ever did an American Psycho esque them..
    Love him. Sad to see he is not mentioned in the cast. So excited for Season 3!

  6. TATE AND VIOLET!!! <33333

    • I am sooo with you!

  7. Well, we’ve got the name and at least one of the venues for the season–American Horror Story: Coven…and they are filming in New Orleans, for starters. I don’t have the link handy for that announcement, but it was made before the weekend.

  8. They cant have a season 3 without Zachary Quinto!!!

  9. I love jessica lange makes this show she is such a b**** but we love her

  10. i wish connie britton would come back i liked her in season one

  11. Can’t wait for season 3 I really like this show. I hope they go more like season 1 I liked it better than the 2nd season. I like how they change locations and time for each season. Liked watching actors & actresses playing different roles. Just hope they keep renewing it & The Walking Dead they are by far my 2 favorite shows! I know Walking Dead is to return in Oct. Hope AHS returns before that or at least around the same time. Please don’t move it to a different day & time. I hate when CH. Do that. It seams like the TV Gods know which shows I like and either cancel them way to fast or pit them against each other by airing them on same days & times!

  12. The cast should include Anne Rice as a character or walk on role. I hope vampires are involved. :)

    • This is gonna be so much like “The witching hour” and is one of the set locations is New Orleans!! So, they could have a witching hourish episode at least

  13. Absolutely love this show! Not since “24” have I seen such movie-level production and writing for a TV show. HATE most of what’s on TV now, which is why it’s a good thing I’m a baseball fan … at least there’s SOMETHING to watch during the season. But when my beloved Mets are no longer worth watching, and then the season ends (boo hoo), at least there is this show to look forward to. I thoroughly enjoyed seasons 1 and 2; hope 3 is at least as good. Congrats to those who really know how to tell a compelling story. Sidebar to Ryan Murphy: give up on Glee; it hasn’t been watchable since season 2.

      • Sorry Cathy, I meant to respond to Alexandra right above you.

  14. Salem Witch trial would be amazing!

  15. I absolutely LOVE this show!!! Not only did I make sure and record every episode, but have watched them over again and picked up on stuff I missed the first time.

  16. Love the show. Crazy! Crazy!. Cannot wait til oct 9th.

  17. I initially posted this on the season 1 board but don’t think anyone is viewing that so I’ll ask here. Hope no one minds. I just finished season 1 on DVD and I thought it was terrific. Yes there were some unanswered questions but I’m not going to lose sleep over it.
    The big question I have and I’ve not seen any mention of it here or anywhere else is…in the final frames of the last episode Moira and Mrs. Harmon are speaking with each other, behind them in the a dimly lit adjoining room there appears to be some sort of monster, its all black and kind of shaped like an old time executioner. A very large one. No face, just the silhouette. But…when the camera angle changes, its gone, then the next angle it reappears. I don’t know if this is a continuity error or was meant to be there. Did anyone else see this? What is it supposed to be? It definitely was not Rubber man.

  18. Why a hotel? That would be a headline for another ghost story. I have to say not a bad idea, but choosing a location just makes a lot of people think ghosts. You want to choose something less thinkable. In my opinion, I think a season about the devil would be great. No I am not a sadist, but the devil in season 2 was a sidestory. I think if they recaptured that as a main it would truly be scary. You have to agree that the boy possessed in season was scary. He did scare me the most.

    If not, the my second idea would be a war story of some kind. Maybe one sorta like the book “Mrs. Pedigrees home for peculiar children.” if you haven’t read it, you are missing out.