So American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy has been talking again with EW (who shared some new images of Lady Gag, below), and not only has he hinted that Jessica Lange is returning, but he also teases that next year we could get two seasons of the show.
Check out the new images of Lady Gaga, who plays a vampire staying at the hotel, below.
With regards to Jessica Lange returning (she said she was done with the series after the disappointing Freak Show), Murphy speaks as if she IS coming back. Here is what he said:
“I’ve been talking to her. It’s always possible. I’m trying to deal with her play schedule. Jessica is always about the character. She’ll be back—she’s not gone forever. But that’s the fun and fresh thing about the show: sometimes somebody has to go away before you realize how much you miss them. She wants to come back we just have to come up with something.”
It sounds like Murphy is working out a way of getting Lange to return, because lets face it, she IS American Horror Story. Which brings us to what he said next.
Murphy teased that next year there might be two seasons for fans to enjoy, which might be his way of making time for Lange to return?
Two seasons would mean that the writers, etc could calm down a bit and bring back the controlled writing of the excellent first series (the show has never come close to those heights since). Everything in American Horror Story always felt rushed, like there were too many ideas and not enough time to tell them, so two seasons could mean a much better, and possibly more intense pace?
“Next year we might do a fall American Horror Story and a spring. We have to decide.” Murphy said.
“We’re doing something that we’ve never done before on the show where we’re doing two different groups of writers rooms. Some of our writers will be bouncing around but a whole different group coming in late August. The next thing we’re crafting up is very, very different than this. Not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark.”
American Horror Story has been dropping in quality year after year, and it really needs a drastic approach to change things up to keep fans watching. I am still undecided if I will be watching Hotel as Freak Show was painful, and I really struggled to finish it.
Last month at the Television Critics Association, Variety reported all the character details that were revealed:
“AHS” vet Sarah Paulson will play an addict whom she describes as “quite dark,” “vile” and “nasty.”
“I think she’s sexy. She’s a drug addict — not that drug addicts are sexy, but this girl happened to be quite sexy,” Paulson added. “She’s unlike anything I’ve done on the show. Really, unlike anything I’ve done anywhere.”
Here are the “American Horror Story: Hotel” character descriptions:
Lady Gaga: The singer plays Elizabeth, a “wealthy social doyenne,” Murphy said, adding that she’s “consumed with art and fashion and people, and she has a nefarious plan that is revealed in the first episode.”
When asked about LGBT storylines in season five, Murphy revealed that Gaga’s character is bisexual. “Lady Gaga plays a character who has relationships with Matt [Bomer] and Angela [Bassett] and Cheyenne [Jackson].”
Sarah Paulson: “I play Sally. I live at the hotel, I hate Iris [Bates] in a rather ancient way for reasons that are revealed quickly. I have a sort of budding relationship with Wes’ [Bentley] character.”
Kathy Bates: “I play Iris…I run the hotel. I have relationships with Matt Bomer and Wes [Bentley]. And I can’t stand [Sarah Paulson’s character]. I don’t know if I get to work with Angela [Bassett]. I hope.”
Matt Bomer: “I play Donovan. I’m closely associated with Ms. Gaga, Ms. Bates and Mr. Wittrock. He has very interesting relationships with relationships with lady folk in his life, and I’ll just leave it at that.”
Angela Bassett: “I’m sexy, have a strong long lasting relationship with Stephanie’s [Lady Gaga] character,” Bassett said, adding that she plays a fabulous actress who doesn’t live at the hotel, but visits often. “I’ll probably be at odds with Donovan [Bomer] — who gets the girl?” she teased of the characters fighting over Gaga.
Finn Wittrock: He will play a male model named Tristan Duffy who is “always looking for the next high, and he finds the biggest high in Lady Gaga. We have a lot to do together. She sees all of me.”
Chloe Sevigny: The “AHS” returning cast member plays Alex Lowell, the wife of Wes Bentley’s character. She is a mother and a doctor. “We are dealing with a great loss in our family and coming to grips with that among other things,” Sevigny teased.
Wes Bentley: He will play a detective who is Sevigny’s character’s husband. The actor said, “I’m investigating some grisly murders which brings me to the hotel.”
Cheyenne Jackson: “I’m playing Drake,” Jackson said, describing him as a fashion icon. “He’s trying to creatively re-establish himself and moves from New York to L.A. He’s a father and a little desperate.”
Denis O’Hare: “I’m playing Liz Taylor, movie icon,” O’Hare said. The character isn’t actually supposed to be Elizabeth Taylor, but rather someone who is inspired by “Butterfield ” and “Cleopatra” and that eye makeup, the actor explained. “I shaved my head for the part — and other body parts. I work in the hotel and the lounge called Blue Parrot Lounge.”
Falchuk said that O’Hare’s character falls into the LGBT arena, too. “I think it dances in a little more this season,” he said of exploring gay and bisexual characters this season. “I think part of the fun of it, I think, is when that stuff happens on screen now on television, it’s less of a thing… It doesn’t feel as special — in a good way.”
Madchen Amick recently joined the already cast Emma Roberts, Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer as Donovan, Finn Wittrock, Sarah Paulson as Hypodermic Sally, Kathy Bates as Iris, Chloe Sevigny, Evan Peters as Mr. March, Wes Bentley, Angela Bassett as Ramona, Max Greenfield, Denis O’Hare, Helena Mattsson, Naomi Campbell and Cheyenne Jackson.
FX have announced that the series will return on Wednesday 7th October.