Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy Officially Returning To ‘American Horror Story’

Taissa Farmiga and Frances Conroy will officially be returning to American Horror Story in its third season.

Farmiga, who played Violet Harmon in the show’s first installment, was one of the few cast members not to return for season 2. But co-creator Ryan Murphy didn’t forget about her, stating that her storyline with Tate (Evan Peters) was one that he enjoyed and wanted to revisit. Murphy said, “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.”

Farmiga’s role will be a prominent one in the new season. Murphy said he wanted her to be one of the leads and she immediately said yes. Farmiga was in negotiations to headline the new season two weeks ago, but now the deal is sealed.

Conroy, who appeared in the first season as the older version of Moira O’Hara, returned in the second season in a recurring role as The Angel of Death.

Like the second season, the third installment of American Horror Story will have a new setting, new plot, and new characters. Murphy hinted that clues for the third season were hidden in “The Name Game,” the tenth episode of American Horror Story: Asylum. He also said the new season will take place in modern day but will be “more historical in nature.”

Also returning to the third season of American Horror Story are Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, and Evan Peters.

Thrilled to announce the legendary Frances Conroy is on board for next season’s American Horror Story.

— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) February 7, 2013

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[Pictured: Taissa Farmiga as Violet Harmon]