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'American Horror Story': Scary plans for season 2

Series creator Ryan Murphy teases the shock and awe of the frighteningly good show’s next season

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FX’s freshman hit finished its wild (Tate is Rubber Man!) and wicked (Violet killed herself!) season with a shocking jolt: The entire Harmon family (Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Taissa Farmiga) ended up dead and trapped as ghosts in their haunted home. What does the bloodbath mean for season 2? EW talked to co-creator Ryan Murphy about what’s in store.

So what will season 2 look like?

Ryan Murphy What I planned all along is it’s an anthological series — every year there is a different house or institution that is haunted. This year it was the Harmon house. Next year, it will be something else that I know but I don’t want to talk about yet. Some of the actors that have been in the show this year will stay as different characters, and some will come and go. I was really interested in what Orson Welles did with the Mercury Theatre — they always did different roles and different projects. So that’s the setup.

So the Harmon family will not be back next season?

Murphy No. Although, interestingly enough, I think there is a possibility that we could revisit that story line in season 3 or 4. As of now, the plan is to do a different house, different haunting, different cast.

What about Jessica Lange’s Constance coming back?

Murphy No. I might have a brainstorm in season 4 to do [something with] Constance and her grandson, like, in New York. But as of now, that story is done and put to bed.

Can you give us any hint about what actors you’re keeping?

Murphy No, I can’t. To get that caliber of cast in that one-year deal, everyone knew there was an end. It wasn’t a typical TV show, which is how we got people like Connie and Dylan and Jessica. It’s almost like a Twilight Zone approach to it. What I like is that people can really get invested in it and then they can have a conclusion. It’s not something you have to follow for four years to figure out what the hell is happening, and every season will have the same resolution.

When I spoke to you and co-creator Brad Falchuk in September, you said that each season would have a new theme, like this season’s was infidelity.

Murphy Yes. Next year we’ll center in on one theme as told through the metaphor of that house.

Will it take place in Los Angeles?

Murphy No. It will be completely the opposite of what we’ve seen. We’ll probably announce who’s in it and where it will be set in February. I’m really excited about it because it’s different and it’s challenging. It’s a lot of work to reboot something every year. What I’m excited about is using all of those music cues and putting them into a different story, doing a completely new title sequence with the same artist. I think hopefully the audience will love that there’s a new mystery, a new house, a new way to do horror.

Are you sad to say goodbye to things like Rubber Man and the infantata? Or is it exciting?

Murphy I think it’s sad for me to say goodbye to the relationships. I definitely will miss the Constance character. I’ll definitely miss the Tate-Violet relationship. I’m really excited to come up with a list of completely crazy new creatures. It will not be another family in peril. It will be something else. I’m not going to say what it is, but the clue to what it is is in the ”Birth” episode. Go through frame by frame. I planted it in there — but I will never reveal it.