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"American Horror Story" co-creator Ryan Murphy said star Jessica Lange will once again be front and center in season three of the show.
Next Wednesday's finale of "American Horror Story: Asylum" will be both dramatic and violent as viewers learn the fates of Sister Jude (Jessica Lange), Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson), Kit Walker (Evan Peters) and others.
“The thing that we were most interested in writing about this season was the stuff in the last episode,” said co-creator Ryan Murphy after a press screening Thursday. He also noted that Lana’s investigation of Briarcliff, the mental institution where the second season is set, was partially inspired by a documentary done by Geraldo Rivera in the ‘70s about Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, NY. “It made his career,” Murphy said.
As for the finale, keep the motion-sickness pills on standby. The episode, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, contains some vertigo-inducing camera moves, and is quite violent.
The showrunner also teased season three, confirming that Paulson and Peters would be back for another go. Lange's return was confirmed in November, when the show's renewal was announced. The Oscar-winning actress will be front-and-center once again for the next installment.
The story, Murphy said, will, “obviously (be) crafted around Jessica. I talk to her before I talk to anybody and tell her what the story is, who her character is. She has input.” He added that he's already promised his star “the best hair, makeup and designers. She loves doing the show and has sort of become an uncredited producer.”
There are no details available yet about the new plot, though Murphy has been dropping hints about the upcoming season in the last few episodes. But he did say his "AHS" stories contain elements that have been fascinating him since childhood (such as this season’s “Asylum”).
As for Peters, Murphy said the actor had input on his season two role. "Evan came to and said he wanted to play somebody more buttoned-down, less emotional. That was in the back of my mind when I came up with Kit Walker," he said.
And next season for the young star? “He’ll probably go back to playing a sobbing psychopath,” quipped the show creator.
"American Horror Story" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.
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