AHS: Season 5 Is Apparently Going To Be Very Different From Its Predecessors

Fox's 62nd Annual Emmy Award Nominees CelebrationNow that we have gotten all queries about season 4 out of our heads, there is a lot of empty space now to be occupied by the speculations about the upcoming season of American Horror Story. The FX Networks CEO, John Landgraf, stated “I know what it is, but I can’t [say]. I have to let [series boss] Ryan [Murphy] do his thing on that. But it’s very different. One of the things I love so much about that is that it can be radically, radically reinvented in terms of tone, setting, period, characters, cast. I think there’s going to be an unusually large reinvention in between Book 4 and Book 5 relative to, say, between Book 3 [Coven] and 4 [Freak Show].” It will be different, Is sadly all we know currently but Landgraf surely knows more. When asked more on the theme of the upcoming season, he replied, “I know what it is, but I can’t [say]. I have to let [series boss] Ryan [Murphy] do his thing on that. But it’s very different.”

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ArrivalsOne difference we can think of is the absence of Jessica Lange. It has been known from the beginning of the fourth season that this was going to be Lange’s last. Ryan Murphy has been trying hard to get her decisions altered but no new updates hve been received on it thus far. Murphy stated in an earlier interview, “[‘Freak Show’] is her favorite season without question,” he said during an interview in October. “She said that to me, she has said that publicly, that she feels really reinvigorated in some regards. I really want her to keep her hand in. Does that mean 13 episodes or six or one? What does that mean? She and I will probably have a dinner date over the holidays. We always start with the character and she decides from there. Before I was met with a really quick no and now I’m hearing, ‘Let’s keep talking.’ So that’s a promising sign … I think if I presented her with the right character, it could work. That’s my hope. I’m sending bribes every day!” Everyone is trying to poke around for more details and seems like nobody is certain of the future. Landgraf said, “Ryan is really, really independent in how he makes these shows and what he does. Sarah-Paulson-11So I know the setting, I know something about the characters and something about the theme and the time period, but I don’t actually know the cast yet.”

Sarah Paulson also has very limited knowledge about the matter, as she stated, “I, maybe, know a thing or two, but the great thing about this and the great thing about [co-creator] Ryan [Murphy] is he knows just enough of what to say and you get sort of excited, and then it takes a sharp left turn and it becomes something else. So I have no idea really where it’s going to land.” Looks like Murphy is a closed book for now. He did however, reveal what he is not going to do. Murphy stated, “We’re not doing space. Because space is not in America. It’s ‘American Horror Story’ not ‘Intergalactic Horror Story.’ But I thought the clues about the people thinking it was space were clever… [Season 5] is land-bound and it takes place in the United States.”

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