By Tim Stack
September 11, 2015 at 12:29 PM EDT
Suzanne Tenner/FX

The Countess, the character played by Lady Gaga on American Horror Story: Hotel, is not just a bloodsucker — she’s a sexy bloodsucker. Exhibit A: this exclusive new image of a robed (or disrobed) Countess, the owner of the Hotel Cortez, from the latest season of FX’s anthology series.

But the lack of clothing doesn’t mean this woman is vulnerable. “The Countess is a very old soul,” Gaga tells EW. “She’s extremely strong. She’s been through so much. It’s kind of impossible for anything to penetrate her. This show in many ways is about her survival and there is an amazing journey that touches on the mythology of viruses and in what way these afflictions change our lives and bring us together and tear us apart.”

AHS: Hotel premieres Oct. 7 on FX. 

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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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