American Horror Story‘s second season is in full swing, and last night’s episode is creating intense buzz this morning — but as the sophomore season of the show builds up to its grand finale, creator Ryan Murphy is already looking ahead to the third installation of the strange and unique FX title.
On American Horror Story last night, the show traveled further along on the Briarcliff storyline, and two major characters said final goodbyes as they met ends Murphy deemed “poetic” as the episode was reacted to across the web. But as fans dissect the goings on in American Horror Story‘s second go round — including a musical number that one web commenter described as “Glee on several hits of acid,” Murphy is already dishing on what he has in store for fans of the bizarre hit for the third set.
Interestingly, Murphy admits that it would be hard to out-dark the bleak and terrifying setting for American Horror Story: Asylum – which may in part be that for all its supernatural intrigue and scare, there is also an element of reality to the terror that we all know is unequivocally based in real history. Viewers in varying degree believe in aliens and Catholic teachings, but the mental health care system’s history (with scenes involving gay conversions and electroshock therapy) is one that is well-grounded in history as well as not that far in the distant past.
But Murphy still has a vision for American Horror Story season three, which already seems to be fomenting in the creator’s fertile imagination. He explains:
“I mean, I don’t think anything could ever be as dark as the mental health care system in our country. I sorta feel like for the third version I want to do something that’s a little bit more ‘evil glamour.'”
Murphy adds that the Tate and Violet storyline from American Horror Story: Murder House was one he enjoyed, and such themes might find their way into the next installation:
“Just something that’s a little bit more … one of the things that I missed this season was I really loved having that Romeo & Juliet youth story with Violet and Tate. I want something like that again and we’re doing something like that in the third season. And we’re contemplating shooting the show in a different place. We’re contemplating shooting it in a place in the country where true horror has been. We’ve got lots of delicious plans.”
What would you like to see in American Horror Story‘s season three pastiche-potpourri?