Co-creator and co-executive producer Ryan Murphy revealed in an interview with Vulture that American Horror Story Season 2, “is set in the sixties and Chloë 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. Everybody has felt people thinking, ‘You’re fucking crazy.’ Even somebody saying that to you is scary.”
Talking about his long term plans for the show, Murphy revealed that he always had an idea what form American Horror Story Season 2 was going to take.
“I knew the first season was about a very contemporary haunted house, and I knew the second season was gonna be — if we were lucky enough to be picked up — about an insane asylum done in a very different way,” he explained.
“I pitched it in the very beginning, and FX said, ‘Good. We hope the first season works ‘cause we love the second season.’ I even know what the third season would be. There are very, very many different kinds of haunted houses in our culture. And there are a lot of different social topics that you can weave through that sort of prism.”
Featuring some of the core cast of Season 1 in very different roles – returning fan favourites include Jessica Lange and Star Trek/Heroes star Zachary Quinto – a major role reversal is on the cards for Evan Peters, whose Season 1 character Tate [SPOILERS] was something of the big bad – a teen psycho manipulating events from beyond the grave…
“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,” Murphy enthused.
“It’s not like the actors are playing similar parts. 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. The actors are so excited to do that and hopefully their enthusiasm will translate.
“I mean, I would pay to watch Jessica Lange read the phonebook. And she’s so the opposite of Constance this year. Like, if she was the wilting Blanche DuBois character, there’s not a shred of that now.”
American Horror Story Season 2 is expected to air in Autumn on FX, what would you like to see more of in the second series?