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AMERICAN HORROR STORY, (from left): Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, 'Home Invasion', (Se

One of the biggest changes in this year’s American Horror Story is the absence of Emmy-winning star Jessica Lange. The actress had previously appeared in all four AHS seasons but chose to bow out of Hotel to return to Broadway (Lange will star in a spring 2016 revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, produced by AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy). But that doesn’t necessarily means she’s gone for good.

“I’ve been talking to her,” admits Murphy. “It’s always possible. I’m trying to deal with her play schedule. Jessica is always about the character. She’ll be back—she’s not gone forever. But that’s the fun and fresh thing about the show: sometimes somebody has to go away before you realize how much you miss them. She wants to come back we just have to come up with something.”

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Hotel is set in modern day Los Angeles about five years after the first season of AHS. So it’s safe to assume Lange could reappear as her season one character, the villainous and manipulative Constance, who ended the series by parenting one of Harmon’s murderous twins.

EW has already revealed that the series will return to the Murder House for one episode and that realtor Marcy (Christine Estabrook) from season one appears in Hotel. Perhaps the return of Constance isn’t so far-fetched?

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AMERICAN HORROR STORY, (from left): Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, 'Home Invasion', (Se
American Horror Story

An anthology series that centers on different characters and locations, including a haunted house, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, and a hotel.

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