Ryan Murphy Drops ‘American Horror Story’ Season 2 Hints

Published 3 years ago by , Updated April 15th, 2014 at 11:18 am,

American Horror Story Season 2 Poster Fan Made Ryan Murphy Drops American Horror Story Season 2 Hints

American Horror Story proved to be a breakout hit last year for FX, largely due to the family-in-a-haunted-house premise that was both intriguing and genuinely creepy – and, more importantly, not seen anywhere else on television.

Despite the success of season 1, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have opted to reinvent their own wheel by completely changing the story, setting, and characters for season 2. What we do know about season 2 of AHS is that it’ll be titled American Horror Story: Asylum, and as that heading alludes to, it will be set in an institution for the criminally insane in 1964.

A small crop of characters from the first season will be back, only with entirely different roles. Among the returning will be Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), and, most prominently, Jessica Lange, who played Constance in season one and will be the focus of season two (she was nominated for an Emmy and won both a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for her role as Constance) . Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine will also be involved, as one half of a pair called “The Lovers.”

Those details have been out in the open for a while now, but Murphy recently took to Twitter to hold a brief Q+A with fans, where he shed a bit more light on what the second season could entail.

Fan: “If I didn’t watch the first season, can I start watching now without being confused?”
Ryan Murphy: “Totally! It’s a completely new story.”

Fan: “Will there be ANY parallels to Season 1? Lines, paintings, details, anything?”
RM: “Not a single thing… except some of the actors.”

Fan: “I’m dying to know if Jessica Lange plays a villain or heroine…”
RM: “A little of both. : )”

Fan: “Are you planning on a Halloween/Christmas themed episode again this season?”
RM: “Yes! The second episode is our amazing Halloween episode.”

Fan: “Is Bloody Face a significant element in Season 2?”
RM: “Bloody Face is this year’s Rubber Man.”

Fan: “Is the ‘theme song’ from the opening credits last season still going to be used? It was perfectly eerie.”
RM: “We are shooting a new title sequence with the same team that did last year’s. The song may stay… not sure.”

Fan: “How many episodes will this season have?”
RM: “This season will have 13 episodes. 7 already written!”

Murphy didn’t say anything too groundbreaking, which isn’t unexpected given that the mystery element of the show really plays into the horror aspect and keeps viewers guessing. Murphy mainly used the chat to continue building hype for the coming season by referencing some of the highlights from the initial campaign. Discussing the Halloween episode will get viewers excited, as it’ll promise an extra dose of horror and weirdness, and alluding to “this year’s Rubber Man” will probably prompt an early debate as to who or what “Bloody Face” could be.


We certainly don’t know too much more about season 2 following Murphy’s Twitter interview, but if nothing else, he’s at least promising different or alternative takes on certain aspects of season 1 that really stood out. This should help to reassure fans that are still on the fence about the show taking the anthology approach and changing everything up season by season.

One thing that’s important for season 1 viewers to keep in mind is that the returning actors are playing all new characters, so they have to try and go in without thinking of Lange as Constance and Quinto as one of the earlier occupants of the Los Angeles “Murder House” who met an uncomfortable demise. That’s certainly one of the risks of bringing back the same actors to play new characters, but as long as they’re different enough from their previous counterparts, viewers shouldn’t worry about blending the two together.

Season 2 of American Horror Story debuts in October.

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  1. Am I the only one REALLY nervous about the idea of abandoning the whole plot of the first season? Doesn’t that kind of make the characters and stories seem insignificant?

    • Not really, considering the season one plot was basically going nowhere towards the end, and the last episode felt more like an epilogue. And, considering this is set BEFORE season one, its not like its brushing over important details from it (like the devil baby).

    • The point of American Horror Story is trying to get across is that they want to tell you a Horror story with a beginning a middle and an end, not a saga. The characters will matter to you within their season and then you move on from them once the season is over. There’s nothing wrong with this approach. In fact it all for the better. Creating an anthology rather than a long winded attempt to make a horror story last 5 seasons or more will keep the show fresh and exciting.

    • I like this concept. I goes back to an old way of acting. You get talented people and just change there roles every year. Also I like the fact if there is a bad season just abandon it since it has no connection on what has happened before or after.

    • Are saying it is too smart of an idea to start over again each season? It’s hard to say, but it is a genius idea. I was hoping that’s what they were going to do with the show Hereos years ago but keep the character Hiro. That would have been to good to be true. But I agree with you. It is a great idea to start fresh each season.

    • I’m with you, I like season 1 a lot.

  2. I agree with you 100%, KnockKnock; I love the idea that every season is a mini-series and that there is a closed ending. Too often on shows go on for years and end on a disappointing note, this format will keep the material fresh. I can’t wait for the new season, but I travel a lot for my job at Dish, so I may not be home when it premieres. I keep up with my Dish Remote Access App. I can stream shows recorded on my DVR, or live TV right to my phone. It’s nice to know that even if I’m traveling, I don’t have to fall behind. The Halloween episode from the first season was one of my favorites, so I can’t wait to see what they have in store when the setting is an asylum.

  3. When does season 2 come out ? And will tate still be a major or significant charter?

  4. Tristsn you are so right. Starting each season fresh is such a great idea. I’m so sick of series that keep the characters going forever like sequels to movies instead of coming up with something original. It is the main reason I am impressed with this show. Although small minded Catholics can be scarier than Nit Romney, republicans and the tea party.

  5. I want the original family from season 1 of American horror story back in season 2, I like season 1 way better. I miss Tate and Violet. </333

  6. “A small crop of characters from the first season will be back, only with entirely different roles.” Um, a character is the same thing as a role, genius. The actors are back, in different roles/as different characters. The characters themselves are not back, fool.