Ryan Murphy’s third season of American Horror Story, titled Coven, had its premiere on FX last night, and here in the UK the show will debut on Fox on October 29th at 10pm. In the build up to yesterdays premiere in the US, a final promo was released titled “Burn”, plus a two minute look at the show, with interviews from the cast and crew and some behind the scenes footage. You can check out both videos below.
Ryan Murphy spoke at length about the show yesterday with THR, and not only did he speak about this years Coven, but he also looked ahead to the fourth season of the high quality horror series.
Summing up Coven, Murphy described the show as “It’s a meditation on race relations in this country. It really is an allegory for any minority group living in our country.”
Coven is a very strong female cast, and there seems to be not only a big emphasis on skipping between past and present, but also of the relationships between a Mother and Daughter, as Murphy explained:
“I love the formula of the youth story with the veteran actress story … We researched a lot about the Salem witches and the girls back then. … We have a lot of Salem flashbacks throughout the year where these girls, who are students, learn about their ancestors, and we deal with that. And more people come in to the show — other witches — to that house, and they have very specific powers.”
Other Witches and specific powers means that while Jessica Lange’s character is the Supreme Witch to begin with, there might be a chance of her losing that power to another Witch:
“The great mystery of the season is which of the people you have met [in the premiere] is the Supreme. Who is going take Jessica Lange’s throne? The show also has a really great thriller aspect to it this year — you really don’t find out until episode 12 who that is.”
Again talking about Lange’s character, Murphy emphasised the Mother and daughter relationship of Lange as Mother to Sarah Paulson’s character:
“I was always fascinated by the dynamic of the show Bewitched and thought, ‘What would really happen if Samantha listened to Endora and just went bat-shit dark crazy. There’s something that happens to her character around episode five that forces her to realize that her mother may be right [with how she approaches teaching]. They’re an odd mother-daughter relationship, and they really don’t like each other. Where Sarah starts and where Sarah ends up is completely the opposite of who she’s playing in that first episode.”
He also spoke of expanding on the love story between Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga, something which was touched on in Season One:
“I wanted to write something for them, a love story, but I wanted it to be different. She finished season one and went off to make the Sofia Coppola movie, and there was really no part for her last season. After Jessica and Sarah, she’s the one I called in first. [Evan and Taissa] love working together and Evan’s girlfriend [Roberts] is also working on the show, but I made that work. [AHS season one’s Violet and Kit] love story in some weird way is reincarnated in the myth of the show.”
Finally Murphy teased about American Horror Story: Season Four:
“I thought it would be really cool with this show — and I might do it this year — that the finale airs and then I announce what next year’s show is by using some sort of visual thing. I think we’re going to try that this year because people would really love it. I loved last year laying in those clues. The last image of the season will be, ‘This is what you’re getting next year’ and we’ll announce the title.”
See the full interview at THR.
Coven takes place over different time periods, using both the 1830s and a modern day setting, Kathy Bates plays real life serial killer Madam LaLaurie, a woman who kept slaves captive in her home in the 1800s, and Angela Bassett plays famed voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau.
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s awesome series will continue with American Horror Story: Coven, and the first three dates and title cards for the episodes have been revealed, and they are as follows:
Episode 3.01 – “Bitchcraft” (09-Oct-2013)
Episode 3.02 – “Boy Parts” (16-Oct-2013)
Episode 3.03 – “Replacements, The” (23-Oct-2013)
The third season of the popular horror series will star Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Alexandra Breckenridge, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett, Patti Lupone,Leslie Jordan, Alexander Dreymon, Emma Roberts, Danny Huston and Denis O’Hare.
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American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.