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TV: Second Season Of ‘American Horror Story’ Set In A Different Time Period, Will Play “Opposite” Game

What “American Horror Story”‘s second season will look like is beginning to come into focus as co-creator Ryan Murphy revealed where — and when — the sophomore year of FX’s horror anthology series would take place, states an exclusive report on THR.

Prefaced with a major spoiler warning, after its freshman season ended with the deaths of its two lead characters played by Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott, the drama will be completely rebooted as an anthology series and feature a new cast, location and premise. While Season 1 cast members Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe will return, the site reports that they’ll be playing the opposite of the characters they embodied in the first year of the FX series.

[Season 2] is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica,” Murphy said Wednesday during a panel promoting the series at the TV Academy in North Hollywood.

In addition to the East Coast institution for the criminally insane, the second season will also find the cast in a new era, Murphy said. “It’s a completely different world and has nothing to do with Season 1; there’s not a mention of Season 1,” he noted. “The second season is set in a completely different time period.

More details — including whether or not French actress Lizzie Brochere will play a nemesis for Lange’s character — could emerge soon as producers are set to present their vision for Season 2 to FX next week. The series resumes this fall.



  • djblack1313

    this sounds fresh and very cool! i can’t wait!

  • Jhanse3 (Jhanse29)

    I enjoyed season 1 though felt it could have been better. I’m intrigued with this casting and premise and I like the idea of starting fresh each season. This is sorta how I had envisioned a (imo) good show like Harpers Island doing season 2 if they would have fotten one.

  • djblack1313

    Jhanse3, i freaking LOVED Harper’s Island!!!!! so much!

  • Aaron Emery

    Absolutely can’t wait for this! The institution setup has potential to be great. @Jhanse3 Harper’s Island was fantastic and a second season would have been awesome.

  • Taboo

    I’m excited for season 2.

  • K31SH1

    The first season was my favorite TV Show to come out in a long time. I hope this season will be just as great. The setting sound very promising.

  • Nothing333

    So far i’m incredibly torn on AHS season 2. I thought season one was great until i realized in the end how horribly plotted it was. I mean some loose ends are to be expected but not on such a grand scale. But needless to say Season one was highly watchable and entertaining trash just ended up missing greatness. The plot was too sloppy and made me think the writers just ran out of steam and had to re-invent as an anthology series. I do love all the actors so I think its awesome to give them new roles to play with. There is no way i’m missing the new season though I just hope its more satisfying than season one. I can’t resist joining the Harper’s island convo. I thought Harper’s Island was a INCREDIBLE idea with a horribly flawed execution. For one the dialogue and characterization was horrible. 2, it was on CBS which means it would never meet the gore expectation. I watched the whole first season hoping it would get there but it never did and when it got canceled i thought the show deserved it. Showtime or HBO could do this concept right if the right talent got attached.

  • BelaManiac

    Really can’t wait to see Season 2. Love the institution idea.

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