American Horror Story was first introduced to me about two years ago when I first moved to Los Angeles. It was when the second season had just started and I watched with a few friends, old and new. The premise of the second season was mildly interesting to me, taking place in an insane asylum run by the Catholic church. However, it failed to really grab my attention and I stopped watching after a couple of episodes. A year or so later when the show returned with American Horror Story: Coven, I became intrigued again, but decided to go back to the very first season instead. I really enjoyed American Horror Story: Murder House although I was annoyed by almost all of the characters at one point or another. Everyone was so goddamn stubborn and weak. Nevertheless, the writing got progressively better, the story kept getting weirder, and I kept coming back for more.
When I heard that the new season was going to take place in a circus freak show (or side show as it’s sometimes referred to), I was pretty excited. Freak shows always seemed so strange and forbidden, happening behind closed doors (or tent flaps). I almost flipped my shit when I saw this trailer today, which really sold it for me. Kathy Bates as a bearded lady?! Whatttttt?! And Jessica Lange in that huge striped dress with the train? I guess that means she’s the ring-mistress? Already, it seems like this could be the best season yet. Wes Bentley (American Beauty, The Hunger Games) is also appearing as a “tormentor of Bates’ character (The Bearded Lady), according to the Wikipedia for the show.
The synopsis says it’s going to take place in Jupiter, FL (why am I not surprised) and centers around the struggle of the freak show trying to stay in business while dark forces are acting upon them and the rest of the town. I wonder if they’re going to pay homage to the old black and white film Freaks with that famous “One of us!” scene? October cannot come fast enough.