For the past week or so we have been checking out a series of creeptastic teaser clips for the forthcoming second season of American Horror Story: Asylum (with a new promo clip coming later today) but today we get to see a different kind of promo for the show. AHS: Asylum is the featured coverstory of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine and as you can see below, the beloved Jessica Lange (all dolled up in a sharp nun habit) is the featured coverstar. EW spills a few spoilers about the forthcoming season in their coverstory feature so proceed with caution if you wish to remain completely unspoiled — but you’re gonna miss out, there are NEW photos of NEW characters below. Click below and learn more about AHS‘s hopefully horrifying second season.
How does American Horror Story top a first season that included a ghost in a rubber fetish suit, a Frankenstein-like monster baby dressed in a Christening gown, and Dylan McDermott’s bare buttocks? It heads to a loony bin run by nuns! Well, and it also introduces [SPOILER ALERT] aliens, Nazis, and a serial killer named Bloody Face who wears a mask made out of his victims skin along with black nightie and opera length gloves. Oh, and, just for good measure, the lead singer of Maroon 5 shows up. “It is absolutely terrifying. Very gruesome,” says frontman Adam Levine of American Horror Story: Asylum. “And what’s great about the fact that it’s on FX is that you can go too far. You can do really unorthodox, crazy things that people are going to talk about.” Adds co-creator Ryan Murphy, “I don’t think people tune in to the show because they want My Dinner With Andre. I think they want to be scared. I’m just writing what I would like to see. I’m scared of aliens and I’m scared of Nazis and I’m scared of nuns. So it’s the perfect stew of horror and fear.” This week, Entertainment Weekly takes you EXCLUSIVELY behind the highly secretive, super wild new installment of AHS, appropriately subtitled Asylum. “We are going Ryan Murphy-style all the way to the crazy house,” says star Sarah Paulson. While some of last year’s cast are returning (Paulson, Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe), they will be playing entirely new roles in an entirely new storyline set within an asylum for the criminally insane called Briarcliff Manor. “Every year of the show is a different miniseries, and there will be several chapters,” explains co-creator Ryan Murphy. “You need as your leading man or leading lady an institution to haunt.” Adds co-creator Brad Falchuk, “To me, last year was a family drama. This is our version of a workplace drama.” This particular workplace is run by a wickedly stern nun named Sister Jude (Lange) who is surrounded by a cast of characters ranging from a possible former Nazi, Dr. Arden (James Cromwell), to nymphomaniac patient Shelley (Chloe Sevigny). But Sister Jude is also quite a troubled woman with a dark past that will resurface. “If I were playing a straitlaced nun, start to finish, I can’t say that would interest me too much,” says Lange. “What’s great are the extremes. To go from where she was and where she’s getting to, that’s what’s going to be interesting.”
OMG. OK, yes, I’m officially looking forward to this new season. While the end of season one really disappointed me, I’m really counting on NOT being disappointed this time around. Because there will be NO supernatural bullshizz in season two of AHS, all the scary stuff will come from the “mundane” actions of people … which is where true horror comes from. Well done, EW, you have finally gotten my ass excited FOR REAL for this show. Looks great, don’t it?