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.