Seemingly impossible after three perversely sinister seasons, the upcoming "American Horror Story" ramps up the creep-out factor with its latest theme. Premiering October 8, Freak Show promises conjoined twins, sword swallowing, a lobster boy, a killer clown and a two-faced head. The show's stellar production departments will no doubt triumph with even more stunning effects, and the top-notched cast will undoubtedly meet new challenges. Click here to watch the latest (second) extended preview and here to watch the opening credits.
Creator Ryan Murphy told Hollywood Reporter: "It's about outcasts … true stories about circus performers who were cast aside. The story in many ways dovetails with Asylum because ... many of them in real life were put into asylums. There's a great symmetry we've come up with that's rewarding." The first cast poster carries the German tagline, "Wir sind alle freaks," which means, "We are all freaks."
AHS actress Sarah Paulson talked about "this idea of being a forgotten soul in the world that’s just been cast aside. Everybody feels like that at some point in their lives. It’s something that I think has a tremendous amount of currency. It feels very honest about what it means to be a person" (in EW). Murphy has promised that, unlike past seasons, in Freak Show, once a character dies, they stay dead.
Last season's Coven cast members Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates took home Primetime Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, respectively. So what's in store these exceptional actresses next? Here's the Freak Show cast rundown: