Once again Ryan Murphy and company have set the stratosphere abuzz with an enticing trail of tantalizing breadcrumbs, seducing fans with the promise of mind-blowing revelations when American Horror Story: Freak Show finally airs in October.
Murphy is a master at building excitement with casually posted tweets, “accidental” slips of the tongue, and cryptic hints during interviews. What we know so far is that the show will be set in Jupiter, Florida during the 1950’s in one of the last remaining side shows in America.
Returning cast members include: Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy and Evan Peters. With a bearded lady and a killer clown among the performers, how can Freak Show be anything less than a complete romp?
Momma Rules Again
Once more Jessica Lange will be in charge of a band of dangerous misfits in Freak Show. After running an asylum and a coven, will Lange have the have the chops to keep a bunch of side show miscreants in line? If past seasons are any indication, the inmates could get the best of her before all is said and done.
Still, 1950’s, German accent – it sounds an awful lot like some Nazis may have escaped the Third Reich, and found themselves a perfect place to hide in plain sight. Or what better home than a freak show for some of those poor souls who were guinea pigs for German scientists during the ’40’s?
It wouldn’t be the first reference to those gruesome Nazi experiments in AHS history. Remember Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell) from Asylum?
Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun
Sarah Paulson will have two heads. Yup, she tweeted a picture of herself in, uh – costume. Her characters, Bette and Dot, may look the same, but each, surely, has a mind of her own.
Style-wise they’re the picture of Paulson’s character from “Asylum,” tenacious reporter Lana Winters: same short, straight brown hair; same make up; same brooch carefully pinned on her left side; and most importantly same thoughtful but searching demeanor. This brings us to…
Play it Again, Ryan
In an E! interview earlier this month, Paulson drew some intriguing parallels between Freak Show and prior seasons of AHS, calling it “a kind of beautiful hybrid between Coven and Asylum.”
“There’s going to be a little bit of a richer and potentially darker tone the way Asylum had, but with the humor infused from Coven,” she teased.
Should we be looking for some sort of continuity between the seasons despite their unique story lines? After all they do all spring from the fertile minds of co-creators Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Like a series of dreams, might they be trying again and again to resolve the same twisted psychosis?
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