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Jessica Lange is Probably Coming Back to “American Horror Story”

Season 7 starts filming soon, but Ryan Murphy is already thinking ahead.

Jessica Lange was a mainstay on FX’s “American Horror Story” for its first four seasons, but she departed the show after “Freak Show” wrapped up. From what we heard at the time, Lange was stepping away from the series for good – but if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s to never say never when it comes to the entertainment business.

As you’ve probably heard, a future season of “American Horror Story” (likely eight or nine, both of which FX has already ordered) will mash together the worlds of “Murder House” and “Coven,” which has led many to speculate that Jessica Lange will be making her return. And in a new chat with Screen Rant, Murphy seemed to indicate that the plan is indeed to bring her back.

The series co-creator told the site:

I think she would [come back] if I bribed her enough, you know? I haven’t really talked to her about it at all because we are still figuring out that story, but I think we do want to do that.

Sarah Paulson recently teased that she’d love to reprise the role of “Coven” character Cordelia Foxx, and it now seems likely that we’ll meet up with Lange’s characters Constance Langdon (“Murder House”) and/or Fiona Goode (“Coven”) in the crossover season. Here’s what Murphy recently said about his plans for the eighth or ninth season:

It’s a character from season 1 that will be thrust into the world that you are left with at the end of Coven, which is sort of like the male/female/witch academy. And then all of those characters will intertwine, which is confusing because some of them are from seasons 1 and 3. Like, Sarah Paulson will probably be playing 18 characters.

Sounds like literally ANYTHING is possible in the world of “American Horror Story.”




  • Elizabeth

    I might start watching again if she comes back. No matter how ridiculous the plot lines got, Jessica Lange made it watchable.

    • Terry

      She won’t come back unless Ryan creates a character worthy of us following the entire season. Freakshow was not great, but at least the double headed twin was fun to see her act her ass off… she owned that role. Then I see that pathetic empty thing she was forced to pay in “Hotel”…. and, I just get sick to my stomach. Hotel was pretty to look at and Liz made the show but it was not a character that was meant to carry us through. Why in the hell would anyone give a pivotal role like that to someone that has never been an actress? Performance artist… amazing voice… yes. Again, Ryan had to play with his dolls. That’s how he got Jessica aboard to start…but, she followed through based on the meat on the bones of those characters. Actresses like her will not play something they don’t see as a challenge and a challenge that could award them in gold.

  • Khy

    Duh. You can’t do a Murder House/Coven crossover WITHOUT Jessica Lange. I’d imagine they’d have her playing Constance and they might somehow come up with some bullshit way of getting Fiona out of hell and so we might see the two of them join forces or face off- which could be so fun.

    This may also mean they may correct their dumb idea of leaving Misty Day trapped in hell.

    • Carlton Fisher

      They could also use Fiona in “flashbacks” or perhaps as ghost in the coven house. I think resurrecting her would be cheap after what felt like a very satisfying conclusion to her character at he end of Coven, but as a flashback or spirit, she could work.

      I’ll just be happy to see her on screen in the AHS universe again.

    • Terry

      Ryan will have too if he keeps the same “writer’s table”. Time to clean house and bring back the original peeps. There is no way the same intact group from the first two seasons could create what followed after Asylum. Asylum was perhaps one of the most amazing pieces I’ve seen. I even went with the musical part that Ryan “handed” to Jessica because she never had the opp to do a musical… problem solved. But, the alien stuff… that could have easily been edited out. But, not even that could mess with that story arc and character conflict clashes. Wowsa! My fav was Asylum… but I lean to the first season because Constance was a role that let Jessica shine.

  • al343806

    Hotel was one of the weakest in my opinion. Roanoake had a lot of potential and was fun right up until the final episode, which was a let down unfortunately. The writing team really needs to plan better at how to satisfyingly wrap up storylines.

  • lgb

    I’m down for Sarah Paulson playing 18 characters. She’s talented enough that she’ll pull it off. I am hoping we can get back on track though, Season 5 was a major letdown and season 6 was… subpar, it wasn’t awful but they’ve done better. I just want them to really have fun again and bring back the campy season 3-4 style that really was just a delight to watch.

  • zombie84_41

    I hope lange comes back. Kathy bates and Peters can’t save the show alone. Lange was a huge part of the show and had such great chemistary.

  • Michael Hill

    she is an old has been hack. Her greatest role was in Tootsie.

  • BooBooBaby

    Wonderful series……but the last few seasons have been just awful! I hope it will get better!

    • Terry

      I hope too. The show rocked like no other for 2 years.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Sounds like a mess tbh

    • Terry


  • Terry

    Bad writing is bad writing. She didn’t return because there was no meat on any of his character’s bones. Only “Liz”.

    Hotel started off interesting then… remind me again what the point was? And, poor poor Peters suffered that bloated and senseless character.

    Coven… remind me what that was about again.. Supreme something? Oh, yah Stevie Nicks was in it.

    Hey, I’m aboard if Ryan can find a character with a soul to carry the story again. But, an entire season full of political issues that relate to today. Man, I can’t take hearing about that BS anymore. Damn people in power are going to kill us all. And, now one really cares….wake up people!

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