A third teaser video has just been released for American Horror Story: Asylum. Like the other two teasers, this gives us very little insight into the upcoming storyline, but there are clues which should make more sense when the new season returns in October.
The new season (also referred to as a new “cycle”) is currently filming and features a brand new story set at an institution for the criminally insane during the 1960’s. Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, James Cromwell, Lizzie Brocheré, Jenna Dewan, Clea Duvall, Franka Potente, Chris Zylka, Britne Oldford, Mark Consuelos and Joseph Fiennes make up the new cast, with Season 1 actors Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Even Peters, and Lily Rabe all returning as new characters.
Here is what we learned from the recent Q&A with Ryan Murphy:
Jessica Lange will be playing a new character that runs an institution for the criminally insane during the 1960s and Ryan Murphy mentioned that she’ll be a “little bit of both” heroine and villain.
Like last year, a special Halloween story is planned: “Yes! The second episode is our amazing Halloween episode.”
A previously released image with Adam Levine teased “Bloody Face” and Murphy teased that “Bloody Face is this year’s Rubber Man”.
If you liked last year’s title sequence, you’ll be happy to learn that the same team is back for the new opening: ” We are shooting a new title sequence with the same team that did last year’s. The song may stay…not sure.”
It has been confirmed that this season will still be 13 episodes and that they have not yet finished writing the season: “This season will have 13 episodes. 7 already written!”
Interested in learning more about the new cycle? Here are some character and plot details Ryan Murphy revealed earlier this year (Spoiler Warning):
“It’s set in an institution for the criminally insane that Jessica Lange’s character runs, which is a really, really, really fun thing to do because you can write all these people locked up in it. And I guess if the first season was about infidelity, the second season is about sanity. What makes someone sane or insane? Sometimes the people you think are insane are actually the most sane of all. It’s fun to write about people who society throws away.
I haven’t said this publicly, but the new season 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.”