Back in January we learned that early casting was underway for the then-untitled third season of American Horror Story. A month later we learned that Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates was added to the season 3 cast of AHS and we were told by creator Ryan Murphy that Bates will play a very bad, bad, bad character opposite the amazing Jessica Lange. Today we learn that AHS season 3 has been given a title! During a Paley Fest panel discussion here in LA last night, Murphy spilled the beans and revealed that the upcoming third season of American Horor Story will be subtitled Coven. Click below to learn what other beans Murphy spilled about the upcoming new season of the show.
American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, joined by members of the AHS cast, took the stage at PaleyFest Friday night and revealed that season 3 will be called… American Horror Story: Coven! “It’s a really cool story we’ve been talking about for a couple of years. So we’re going to do that,” Murphy said. He also reiterated what he told EW after the season 2 finale, saying filming will take place in several “cool” locations, including New Orleans. Though much of the conversation during the show’s PaleyFest panel focused on the second season of the anthology, in a surprise moment, Oscar winner/season 3 cast member Kathy Bates took the stage, and Murphy vaguely teased her “cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” character. “I wanted to see a lot of scenes with Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates going at it,” Murphy said, “so that’s what you’re going to see.” Previously, Murphy told EW that “female power” would be a major theme of season 3 and it would have a signature, iconic monster — in the vein of Rubber Man of season 1 and Bloody Face of season 2 — who was female. AHS‘s panel marks the conclusion of this year’s PaleyFest Television Festival, which has been taking place over the last two weeks in Los Angeles.
Man. This sounds great. While I thought AHS season 1 ended on a terribly weak note, I feel that the show as good for much of season 1. Season 2 — AHS: Asylum — was much better and from the sound of it, AHS: Coven will be the best season yet. I’m very excited by the prospect of a Girl Power season of amazingness … with Lange and Bates going head to head, it’s bound to be an entertaining season of television. I can’t waaaaait!!!