Although we're only nearing the end of season 2 of American Horror Story, fans have already begun to wonder what kind of craziness will inhabit the all-new storyline for season 3. That's a natural benefit to being an anthology series, and it illustrates how the bottled nature of the season-to-season storyline of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's sometimes frightening but always gloriously over-the-top little program has managed to keep its audience interested.
So far, two rounds of AHS madness have yielded a strong fanbase and record ratings for FX. Of course, given that kind of attention, it didn't take long for the network to order season 3, having done so late last year when its current iteration, American Horror Story: Asylum, was just beginning to pick up speed.
As Asylum draws to a close, following the deaths of two major characters in episode 10: 'The Name Game,' questions are beginning to shift from the possible ending of season 2 to what Murphy and Falchuk could possibly have in store for season 3? It's a fair question, considering by season's end, the entire series will have thrown ghosts, demons, mutants, aliens, musical numbers, a killer Santa, the Black Dahlia and a Nazi – among other bizarre ingredients – into the pot and managed to serve up with something quite unique by television standards.
Still, that's a lot of horror tropes to be floating around the first two seasons of any show – anthology or not. So, just what do the masterminds behind the series think will bring audiences back for another dose of off-the-wall craziness? Well, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy discussed a great many aspects of Asylum, but also dropped some of the first hints as to what season 3 might be about.
Perhaps most interesting is his desire to return to a more personal, and possibly romantic story and setting that sounds far removed from the less intimate, broader pseudo-social statements that have been a part of Asylum.
"I mean, I don’t think anything could ever be as dark as the mental health care system in our country. I sorta feel like for the third version I want to do something that’s a little bit more 'evil glamour.”' Just something that’s a little bit more…one of the things that I missed this season was I really loved having that Romeo & Juliet youth story with Violet and Tate. I want something like that again and we’re doing something like that in the third season. And we’re contemplating shooting the show in a different place. We’re contemplating shooting it in a place in the country where true horror has been. We’ve got lots of delicious plans."
So what can we possibly take from this? Well, Murphy's use of the term "evil glamour" is somewhat intriguing, as is the possibility of the shooting location having seen "true horror." While the location is certainly anyone's guess – with multiple locales fitting the bill to a certain degree – the question will be what kind of horror is Murphy talking about? Furthermore, there's no mention of the time period, which would certainly help nail down what those "delicious plans" actually entail.
The idea of glamour certainly makes one think of the fashion industry, or even Hollywood, but AHS has already been set in Los Angeles and it would take a lot to outdo the sheer horror of America's Next Top Model, so maybe those ideas don’t really hold water. One possible scenario that would be incredibly entertaining is for the show to take on the 1970s glam rock scene and somehow integrate that particular brand of camp and over-the-top showmanship with whatever specific theme Murphy has in mind. Considering how much fun it was to watch Jessica Lange sing 'The Name Game,' adding a David Bowie-esque musical number or two to the show might make for an interesting approach to season 3. Maybe they could even throw in some actual spiders from Mars.
While the prospect of American Horror Story: Stardust Romantics would certainly be eye-catching, that particular guess is likely miles away from what Murphy and Falchuk have planned. At any rate, there are still three more episodes until the conclusion of the Asylum storyline to worry about before getting too riled up over season 3.
American Horror Story: Asylum airs Wednesday nights @10pm on FX.