On Jan. 15, "American Horror Story: Coven" Facebook page posted this announcement.
"Ryan Murphy about Season 4: “It’s set in 1950. If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year. It’s a period piece. We try and do the opposite of what we've done before. Jessica Lange has already started practicing her German accent so I’m very excited!” and also
“Jessica Lange has always wanted to play a Marlene Dietrich figure, and now she gets to.”
This is interesting news for fans as the two most plausible ideas are vastly different and have nothing to do with each other. It was originally circulated that speculation was leaning toward doing a circus theme because previous clues have pointed toward it. Previous spoilers claim that Murphy is undecided as to whether or not the show will be filmed in New Orleans or Santa Fe. Neither area had any significant news in 1950 so that is not a clue.
While most automatically think of war, 1950 was the year that the Korean war started, however, it was the time of McCarthyism and the Cold War. Also, President Truman authorized the production of the hydrogen bomb. This doesn't quite lead to anything that would involve a German accent.
Marlene Dietrich was a German born actress (accent). She became an American citizen in 1937. From 1949-roughly 19-79 she was a burlesque dancer (possibly leaning toward entertainment at the circus if it were going that direction.)
With this new information, what's your guess as to what the fourth season is going to be about? Share your ideas and speculations in the comment section below.