American Horror Story S2: Psychos, nymphos + an unexpected hero

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Dec 17, 2012

If you thought season one of American Horror Story was crazy, you ain't seen nothing yet. Co-creator Ryan Murphy recently spilled the beans about its highly anticipated return. Get ready for new characters, a new setting and an unexpected hero.

American Horror Story isn't your typical drama. It's an anthology that features different stories and characters each season. This year, we'll see the return of season-one favorites like Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto and Evan Peters, along with newcomers Chloƫ Sevigny, James Cromwell and Adam Levine.

In an interview with Vulture, Murphy revealed details about American Horror Story's latest arc, which moves from a haunted house to an insane asylum.

"It's set in an institution for the criminally insane that Jessica Lange's character runs, which is a really, really, really fun thing to do because you can write all these people locked up in it... What makes someone sane or insane? Sometimes the people you think are insane are actually the most sane of all. It's fun to write about people who society throws away."

With so many familiar faces returning, it may be hard for viewers to separate the actors from their previous roles. It's a valid concern, but Murphy thinks fans will adjust.

"I think they will. I think that people will love seeing Evan Peters, who was last season's ultimate badass bad boy and this year is the hero of the show... They're going to look different, they're going to sound different, they're going to have different accents. It's a different time period."

What time period, exactly?

"I haven't said this publicly, but the new season is set in the sixties and Chloƫ Sevigny, for example, plays a character who was put in an asylum because she was a woman who likes sex, so her husband sends her away. At the time, you were able to put people away for that. Another character is institutionalized for being a lesbian. To me, there's nothing more scary than somebody coming to you and saying they're going to take you away and put you in a mad house and you have no legal rights and there you shall stay till the end of your days. That is a real horror."

What do you think of AHS' new setup?

American Horror Story returns to FX this fall.

(via Vulture)