By Meryl Gottlieb| firstname.lastname@example.org| @buzzlightmeryl
We’ve seen a murder house, an asylum and a modern coven be the center of the FX psychological thriller American Horror Story. Now, get ready to be frightened by a carnival.
Ryan Murphy took to Twitter to reveal the name and logo of the latest installment, American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Anyone who follows AHS rumors and news shouldn’t be too shocked by this news. Rumors of the fourth season taking place in a circus/ carnival have flooded fans minds for months, however Murphy firmly denied these rumors. But one week ago, AHS writer Douglas Petrie even confirmed those ideas at the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast. Alas, it is officially law.
My biggest issue is how much Murphy tried to deny the rumors. Fans nailed it and essentially got it instantly, but Murphy stamped his feet and said “no.” Sorry, Murphy you’re not as clever as you thought you were. I would fully bet his original idea had “Circus” or “Carnival” as the subtitle and he only made it Freak Show so that fans wouldn’t be totally correct.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the fourth season will be set in 1950 Jupiter, Fla. with Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S. Her carnies include Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy. EW reported Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to return. The season will track the group as they do anything to save their show.
This will be Lange’s last appearance on AHS, so here’s hoping it lets her go out with a boom — a bang simply wouldn’t be big enough for her. I’m overjoyed Bates and Bassett will return; they were sensational additions to the season three cast. Shoutout to Paulson and Peters for being series favorites and always being incorporated.
How scared are you for the next season? What do you think will happen? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl