There is no question that one of the most exciting aspects of American Horror Story was Jessica Lange’s incredible portrayal of different characters. She stole the show in the first season, and continued to lead the series right up to the disastrous Freak Show.
Granted it seemed the makers of the series had no idea where to go with Freak Show, and thus Lange’s character felt somewhat stagnant, and sad as I am to admit it, it feels right that Lange should be leaving (just about) on a high. Her latest creation was a bit weak, just like the entire flawed Freak Show series, so the series could do with an injection of a new cast.
This should come as no surprise as Lange admitted last year that Freak Show would be her last, but she made it very clear at thr PaleyFest panel for American Horror Story:
“Yes, I’m done…We’ve had a great run here. I mean, I absolutely love doing these four characters, and in all madness, I love the writers and Ryan and the insanity of shooting it”
While the panel revealed nothing about what American Horror Story: Hotel would be about, it did reveal two names that would be joining Lady Gaga in the series (due to air in October).
Matt Bomer, who played Andy in Freak Show, and Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock) have joined the cast, although their characters have not been revealed.
Series creator Ryan Murphy has promised to keep details on the next series secret for now, but he did drop hints that Freak Show offered some teases to the new season, most notably that a top hat on Maggie’s (Emma Roberts) coffee cup in Episode 4 was an “arcane” but “purposeful” clue.
Murphy has also revealed that all five seasons are in some way connected.
American Horror Story: Hotel will begin in October on FX.