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.
"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.
“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.
"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