American Horror Story: More season 3 news

In addition to it being announced that two season one cast members will be returning for American Horror Story: Coven, a few hints were dropped about the show’s third season at the Television Critics Association press tour this week. I literally just cheered at my computer finding out one about this so let’s run through the news shall we.

Returning cast members Alexandra Breckenridge

Can we all just take a moment to gaze at that picture? As I said way back in my first speculating post about AHS: Coven, I was hoping Alexandra Breckenridge, who played Young Moira in Murder House and did not appear in Asylum, would be back. Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter Aug. 2 that she will be back. I am super excited. Aside from my shallow reasons, I always liked Young Moira. Unlike the ridiculously attractive characters of Leo and Teresa in season two, Young Moira actually served a purpose in season one. She acted as Francis Conroy’s sexy superpower and Alexandra Breckenridge played an awesome sexy and she knew it, but also a trapped cynical character. I’m glad she’s back.

73845 Denis O’Hare

So, Evan Peters isn’t going to be the only guy on the show. As much I am still hoping for a lesbian theme, — and hey the show just added another hot 20-something — there has to be men on this show somewhere. Denis O’Hare played a good creep as Larry in season one and creepy is good for a horror show. I’m not overly excited about this but it’s still cool.

Coven plot points

Ryan Murphy hinted that there would be real horror in this season and that was confirmed this week. Newcomer Kathy Bates will be playing Madame LaLurie, who as a real Louisiana serial killer, who liked to bound her slaves. Fellow newcomer Angela Bassett will be playing real voodoo expert Marie Laveau. Both of those characters are from the past, which sounds like it is going to be separate from the witches in the present-day New Orleans I’m guessing because that is where filming is happening.


Those witches will be Jessica Lange playing Fiona and Sarah Paulson playing her daughter Cordelia. All of their interactions last season were amazing and I’m assuming this seems they are going to get quite a few season together. These two have pretty good on-screen chemistry so hopefully that doesn’t make it weird. I have faith that they can act around it. Unless the show creates a way for the characters in the present to interact with those in the past, the show has taken out the possibility of Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates having any scenes together, which seems like a weird choice.

Executive Producer TIm Minear said the season is going to have a strong theme of oppression of minorities — probably racial and Wiccan but that could mean gay — and feminism — duh, Orange is the New Black is probably the only show that has more chick characters than this season is going to.

With that said, there will also be witches fleeing from Salem to the South, who it seems like are going to be different than Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson’s witches. So far, those witches could be played by returners Francis Conroy, Lily Rabe, Naomi Grossman, Taissa Farmiga — who is apparently in a Romeo and Juliet style romance with Evan Peter — or newcomers Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe or Patti LuPone.

Alexandra Breckenridge is returning and Jessica Lange and Sarah Pauison are being mother and daughter. I’m happy. Can it be October yet?

The Paley Center For Media's PaleyFest 2013 Honoring "American Horror Story: Asylum"

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