One of the strangest and most interesting aspects of American Horror Story is how the entire cast and plot changes each season, held together as anthology. For the series second season, an additional tag has been added to the title to denote the new chapter - Asylum.
American Horror Story: Asylum will be set in 1964 and star Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell, and Joseph Fiennes. It will take place in an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character, and seems to suggest shades of a 1950s B-movie take on mental health facilities. For more on the upcoming season and what Murphy had to say about it, hit the jump.
“When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show because we didn’t want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive. Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we’re calling the new installment.”
As for the meaning of the title, Murphy goes on to say,
“We picked ‘Asylum’ because it not only describes the setting – an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward – but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted. This year’s theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors”
American Horror Story: Asylum is set to premiere on FX in October.