American Horror Story showrunner Ryan Murphy finally put an end to speculation concerning what the theme for season four of the relentlessly original FX anthology series via his Twitter Monday with the following tweet:
AMERICAN HORROR STORY SEASON FOUR: pic.twitter.com/6OHYzGjPMd
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) March 24, 2014
Writer Douglas Petrie had let it slip on a Nerdist Writer’s Panel podcast recorded in February with Moria Kirland (Arrow; Castle), Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (SyFy’s upcoming 12 Monkeys; Nikita; Terra Nova) when he was asked if the next season would have a ‘carnival’ theme:
“Yes, it does not have a title…but that is the idea. That’s very roughly the idea.”
Not only has the “American Horror Story: Freak Show” title been confirmed but EW reports a few more details about the anthology’s next installment, not least importantly it’s location: Jupiter, Fla.
American Horror Story: Murder House (as the first season has been retroactively re-titled) took us to Los Angeles circa 2011 and told us the story of a family dealing with the haunting of their new home by many of the house’s former occupants, while season two (American Horror Story: Asylum) traveled back to Massachusetts in 1964 and dropped us in the middle of a institution for the criminally insane that held within its walls a serial killer/psychiatrist, a Nazi scientist in hiding, and a demonically-possessed nun. The recently concluded third season, American Horror Story: Coven (of which the premiere episode garnered a series high of 5.54 million viewers), followed a clash between New Orleans witches and voodoo practitioners set in 2013, with flashbacks to the 1970s and the 1830s.
Season four will take us to Florida in the 1950s and follow Jessica Lange (in her last season) as German ex-pat overseeing one of the last freak shows. Also returning will be: Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, both of whom joined in season three; Sarah Paulson, who joined in season one and gave us one of the finest season finales to grace television since the Twin Peaks finale in June of 1991; as well as Evan Peters (also appearing in the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and Frances Conroy, the only two cast members other than Jessica Lange & Paulson to have so far appeared in every season.
Jupiter, Fla., no stranger to odd and somewhat freak-ish happenings, may also find itself the new setting of more than just the next chapter of the American Horror Story franchise: The State reports that Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is hoping the city will be the team’s new spring training home.
American Horror Story: Freak Show is set to debut this October.