Ryan Murphy Says Kathy Bates’s Character On ‘American Horror Story’ Season 3 Will Be Really, Really Bad


Yesterday we learned the pretty spectacular news that actress Kathy Bates has signed on to star in the upcoming third season of American Horror Story. Today we learn from AHS creator/writer Ryan Murphy himself that Bates’s character on the show will be bad … really, really bad … like the baddest ever. These new comments were made by Ryan in an interview with TVLine and it sounds like he went out of his way to let us know that Kathy’s character will be, like, seriously bad. HMMM. Click below to read exactly what he has to say on the matter.

Crazy as she was, Misery psychopath Annie Wilkes apparently has nothing on the super-villain Kathy Bates is bringing to American Horror Story in Season 3. “Oh, Kathy’s never [played] someone this bad,” Ryan Murphy revealed to TVLine with a laugh at PaleyFest Wednesday night, where he was honored with the event’s inaugural Icon Award. “Her [character] is a bad, bad woman!” While most details surrounding the acclaimed actress’ buzzy new role are being kept under wraps, Murphy couldn’t help but raise fans’ expectations just a teensy bit more by promising that Bates’ Horror Story nemesis is “five times worse than [her] Misery character — which is why she liked it. “When I pitched this to Kathy, her mouth was drop-jawed because what I was pitching actually happened,” Murphy continued. “It’s a true event… You’ll see. It’s some good stuff.”

Interesting. I’m intrigued by this talk that Bates’s character will be badder than her character in Misery but I’m not sure I buy it. Stephen King created such a wholly evil and truly insane character in Misery that I find it hard to believe that Ryan Murphy will be able to out do him … but I’m happy to see him try. My fear is that in his attempt to make Kathy’s character the “baddest ever” he’ll end up making her the opposite. I really love Kathy Bates so I’m excited to see what happens. Instead of trying to outdo others, Ryan should just focus on writing the best character he can for Kathy Bates without having to draw comparisons to her previous work.


  • bleedingEars

    This is the best news of the week.

  • James

    Great. Really! I’m happy. But I’m more interested in news of whether Jessica Lange is returning. Please tell me she’s returning!