(Spoilers if you haven’t seen season one)
After the end of American Horror Story’s first season where the main characters played by Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga died and became stuck in the murder house, Ryan Murphy revealed the series would continue as an anthology format.
The FX hit drama will be close-ended and start a new story with creepy undertones in each subsequent season. Ryan Murphy, co-creator and executive produce of American Horror Story revealed to The Hollywood Reporter some details about season two which has the subtitle, Asylum.
“‘Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we’re calling the new installment. We picked Asylum because it not only describes the setting — an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward — but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted,’ he continued. ‘This year’s theme is about sanity and tackling real-life horrors.’”
Returning cast members from season one who will play new characters in season two include: Jessica Lange (Constance Langdon season one) as a nun running the asylum; Sarah Paulson (Billy Dean Howard season one), Lily Rabe (Nora Montgomery season one), Evan Peters (Tate Langdon season one) and Zachary Quinto (Chad Warwick season one).
New cast members for season two include James Cromwell (Six Feet Under), Joseph Fiennes (Camelot), Adam Levine (The Voice), Chloe Sevigny (Big Love), Clea Duvall (Carnivale) and Jenna Dewan (The Playboy Club).
The first season of American Horror Story received 17 Emmy nominations. The second season of American Horror Story: Asylum will start in October.