PaleyFest: Ryan Murphy Drops More Hints About American Horror Story Season 2

Of all the revelations one might expect from American Horror Story's PaleyFest panel this year, the most surprising one was just how funny everyone was. From Dylan McDermott's awkward account of his infamous cryin'-while-masturbatin' scene to Jessica Lange's effortless, Constance-esque one-liners, to famously subdued Ryan Murphy's joking responses, this panel was as upbeat and celebratory as AHS was downbeat and disturbing. But mixed in with the enthusiastic, fan-friendly anecdotes and discussions of the writers' inspirations were a few tantalizing hints about American Horror Story's much-anticipated second season.

 

There will be more returning cast members (and possible cameos).

Earlier today it was reported that both Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange will return in Season 2 as major characters, but tonight Murphy confirmed that additional returning cast members will include Evan Peters (Tate), Sarah Paulson (Billie Dean), and Lily Rabe (Nora). He was careful to add that returning actors will be playing characters that are the "opposite" of the ones they played during Season 1. And while the central Harmon trio will be sitting out Season 2, he assured the audience that "anybody can pop up at any time" and he hasn't ruled out the possibility of revisiting characters or plotlines in future seasons. Even when it comes to former cast members' now suddenly busy schedules, "the door is always open for fun, crossover, cameo stuff."

 

More on the new location:

By now we know the second season will take place at an unspecified east coast facility of some kind. As Murphy had teased shortly after the Season 1 finale, a big clue regarding the Season 2 location was buried somewhere in the penultimate episode and during a pre-Q&A; screening of that episode, "Birth," that clue was pretty glaring: Psychic Billie Dean likened the Harmon's supernatural forces with those commonly found in "prisons or asylums." (This teaser poster would also seem to confirm the asylum theory.) [Nevermind, it's fake.] In response to a question about whether the haunting aspect would be similar to Season 1's (i.e., ghosts being tangible and also trapped where they died), Murphy made clear that ghosts will probably not be as prominent a theme this time around, as both he and AHS co-producer Brad Falchuk want to explore other kinds of horror genres. Although he twice mentioned that we should "never say never" when it comes to ghosts; so far his only rule when it comes to this show's supernatural phenomena is that there will never be "werewolves or vampires." (The crowd went wild for this.)


There will be a new credits sequence.

To go with Season 2's different setting and mood, a new title sequence will be created. When asked about American Horror Story's striking Season 1 credits sequence, Murphy talked about how he took inspiration from the opening titles of Seven and approached the same team to handle AHS'. Although the sequence was intended to be a standalone mood-builder, it also incorporated hints as to the series' direction and was filmed concurrently alongside the pilot using the same sets and props. Fun fact: That fleeting image of a mysterious hooded man with the garden shears was originally meant to become a plotline later in the season, but the idea was dropped when the writers couldn't fit it in. But we shouldn't be too disappointed by dropped storylines or unexplored story elements because...

 

Loose ends won't necessarily stay that way.

As Murphy and Falchuk admitted, American Horror Story is nothing if not a collection of their favorite horror obsessions, so it's safe to assume that if they like an idea enough, we'll be seeing it onscreen. When one audience member pointed out the hanging thread that was Constance's unaddressed fourth child, Murphy and Falchuk confessed that they'd run out of time to include that story in Season 1 but hope to possibly follow up on it later.

 

The production schedule should prove beneficial to the storytelling.

According to Murphy and Falchuk, they began breaking the story for Season 2 just last month and cameras won't roll until July. This is a comparatively lengthy and relaxed window of time, considering Season 1 was apparently rushed to screen so that it could air by Halloween—so they're looking forward to having more time to really nail down the storylines. Asked whether she was terrified about agreeing to a Season 2 before knowing anything about it, Jessica Lange joked that "it'll be terrifying in, you know, June. But now I'm pretty relaxed about it." Murphy also confirmed that, just like last year, we can expect a Halloween season debut for Season 2.

 

What are you most looking forward to about American Horror Story Season 2?


[Photos courtesy PaleyFest.org]

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I can't wait for season 2!!!! I wished ths season woulda been down south in like Louisiana but okay I can deal with an Eastern House. I hope their is one season that focuses on murderers like HALLOWEEN, MY SUPER PSYCHO SWEET 16, and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. They are very intriguing because unlike ghosts and zombies...they truly do exist in the real American world and that's what I think is truly scary.
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I'm excited for Season 2!!! :)

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S1 i would grade an ( A) ....and thats EVEN with the dissapointing season finale! So whatever Ryan wants..... It will be a little strange to old faces playing new characters but thats why they call it ACTING! S2 can't come fast enough..
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Me Likes: That they will explore other horror genres. I like a haunted house story but only for a season or two



Me Not Likes: Same actors, different characters. It will be awkward and unusual and will cut some value of their work in Season 1. Also, I really cannot see how same actors-different roles will allow for a Season 1-Season 2 connection. So a character from Season 1 makes and cameo, sees Jessica Lange as another character and doesn't say anything about Constance?
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There aren't going to BE any S1-S2 connections beyong the actors. That's the point. And who's going to show up from S1? They're all dead.
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I am so excited. This should be one of the highlights on TV next season. The most tantalising thing will be how to feature Jessica Lange without reminding us of Constance every five seconds. A real challenge.
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EVEN PETERS YES
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This is one of the best shows in recent times. It instantly became a classic in my mind and I look forward to many seasons to come, because it truly has unlimited potential!
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I loved the first season of the show, even if it defied logic. This is probably the one show on TV that can do that and get away with it.

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I'm excited to hear Evan Peters will be back. He should have been nominated for an Emmy for his portayal of Tate.
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"As Murphy and Falchuk admitted, American Horror Story is nothing if not a collection of their favorite horror obsessions, so it's safe to assume that if they like an idea enough, we'll be seeing it onscreen."









That is an understatement. Or is that their explanation for, We watch a lot of horror movies, and then copy what better directors and writers have done. Dumb it up a little and then present it as our own. And then fans somehow think we're geniuses. I mean I can't really get mad at them, (just hate their weak product) if you can sucker the people into liking your dreck then I guess more power to them.
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You didn't actually read the link to the teaser poster for series 2, it clearly says it was fan made.
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Whoops. I read it weeks ago, didn't realize there had been an "update." Thanks.
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I really hope they will bring Harmons and Langdons family back in season three. Im not interested to see Jessica or Evan in opposite roles, it will be weird, I wouldn t be able to feel for them or even believe their story again. It turns everything in big lame joke.
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So glad Jessica Lange and Evan Peters will be back. Really looking forwards to the second season. The first was probably among my favorite first seasons of any show ever.
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I can't wait for season 2 - I'm happy about Jessica Lange's return and also the fact that she won all those awards. One thing though, other characters should return as well, like Taissa Farmiga and Connie Britton ,,even if it's for smaller parts. On and all American Horror Story is truly amazing
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cant wait!! Jessica Lange ia a goddess!!!
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