American Horror Story Season 2 Setting Revealed

American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy took the stage Wednesday at an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences event honoring the FX series and revealed for the first time the super-secret location of the anthology drama’s sophomore season.

“[Season 2] is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane that is run by Jessica [Lange’s new character],” Murphy shared with the crowd (as reported by The Hollywood Reporter).

The news should come as no huge surprise to fans given the recent casting of French actress Lizzie Brocheré, whose character was likened to Angelina Jolie’s hospitalized sociopath in Girl, Interrupted.

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Murphy added that Horror Story‘s second season will take place in “a completely different time period,” and also confirmed reports that Maroon 5 frontman and Voice judge Adam Levine had signed on for Season 2. “He’s a sexy guy so he needs to play a sexy guy, but the guy that is different than who you think he would play,” Murphy shared. “I pitched him the part and he listened, slack jawed, and simply said, ‘I’m in.'”

As previously reported, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe — who in Season 1 played Chad, Tate, psychic Billie Dean and doctor’s wife Nora — are set to return for Season 2 but as different characters.

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36 Comments
  1. dee123 says:

    Jessica Lange in charge. Can’t freakin’ wait!

  2. K95 says:

    oh yeah this is definitely going to be good. I OFFICIALLY CANNOT WAIT FOR OCTOBER.

  3. Truly Roxie says:

    Very much looking forward to it.

  4. Annie says:

    DEFINITELY. I’m in. Loved AHS’s first go-round, and I really love the season-long anthology concept.

  5. Love it… also Levine is going to be a part of a couple called the lovers? Maybe he is one of the ghosts??

  6. i hope its set in the 40s, 50s or 60s

  7. Fabe says:

    Ugh, why can’t Kate Mara (Hayden) be back! She was my favorite!

    • Sam says:

      Because she was probably the most hated character last season?

      • Thom says:

        Hayden was a hated character, but that doesn’t mean Kate Mara was a hated actress. All of the actors are playing new characters, and I would have liked to have seen Kate Mara return.

        She’s going to be in a Netflix series next year–“House of Cards”–so that may be why she’s not returning to American Horror Story. It’s a shame, since I don’t subscribe to Netflix.

        • Temis says:

          We don’t know which actors they wanted back and couldn’t get. The actresses playing the young and old Moira also have new pilots and are unavailable. I can see why an actor would rather book a show where they would play the same character year after year rather than AHS, where every year could be your last.

  8. Love the sound of season 2! I’m so gladpart of the cast is returning, especially Jessica Lange. She plays nutty so well.

    Adam Levine is an interesting casting choice…I wonder if he can actually act?

  9. Nick says:

    That cast sounds terrible… No thanks.

    • Keenan says:

      In what screwed up world do you live in where that’s a bad cast??? Apprehension over Mr. Maroon 5 i get, but since when is a 2 time Oscar winner terrible?

    • Temis says:

      The cast is the best part of the show. It sure isn’t the writing, lol!

  10. mika says:

    Sounds a lot more promising than the first season which I liked but was basically standard haunted house that was overrun by too many ghosts.

    • Thom says:

      Yeah, I felt the same way about the first season. I was intrigued at first, but “too many ghosts spoiled the broth” after a while. What started out creepy just became ridiculous by the end. I hope lessons that were learned in the first season will make the second season much better.

  11. Toby says:

    I can not wait for Season 2!

    • Carolyn says:

      Does anybody know what date this starts? I missed season 1, please someone let me know, thanks.

  12. jack says:

    LOVED Season 1. But having the same actors playing different characters sounds moronic. I like different characters and settings each season, that part is great. But why use the same actors? There must be thousands of actors to choose from, why do you have to use the same ones? Makes no sense.

    • drastrozoom says:

      Actually, I think that aspect is quite cool. An ensemble tackling different stories over multiple seasons is a great concept.

    • Temis says:

      They’re re-hiring many of the same actors because they’re the strength of the show. The writing certainly isn’t. It’s a big risk to ditch the storyline and characters, to ditch the actors as well is equivalent to just creating a whole new series. Why even give it the same name, then? Audiences will be confused and might bail. With recognizable actors, at least there’s something for them to like.

    • Michael says:

      Itd be pretty expensive for them to hire an entire new cast every season It’s already surprising enough that theyre giving this anthology concept a try. Keeping previous actors/actresses was a good financial decision.

    • Beccy says:

      I love that they’re keeping some fo the cast too – there needs to be some continuity and I think it’ll seem extra freaky to see faces we know and have judged in a certain way behaving completely differently

  13. Sam says:

    Season 1 was fun, but also ridiculously terrible. This actually sounds promising. I think Mr. Murphy will have more to work with if the main characters aren’t some dumb rubes like the Harmons.

  14. kaykay says:

    Looking forward to Evan Peters the most. He made me fall in love with a psychopath and shed some major tears.

  15. Temis says:

    I knew it, they gave away the game when they started talking about looking for a Gia-like actress. But how does this synch with the so-called hints given in the last three episodes of S1?

    • Bille was talking in “birth” about how the house is like a battery running off the evil that happened there and how some places are magnets for evil like prisons and asylums. r somthing to that effect. that was the hint Ryan was talking about

  16. Greenerpuddles says:

    So, it’s Shutter Island. I’m disappointed. We expect horror at a mental institution. They’re horrible places where horrible things happen. How about a high end retirement community or an exclusive country club? I’d watch that. Going out on a limb and predicting season 3 will take place at an orphanage.

  17. ana says:

    Isn’t Chris Colfer new movie happening in a mental asylium in the 1930’s?

  18. Beth says:

    Evan Peters is back: my faith in humanity has been restored.

  19. theresa says:

    I can’t wait for season 2. Loved season 1 & can’t wait to see what Jessica and the rest of the cast will be this time.

  20. Ryce says:

    This is never going to live up to season 1. Going downhill.
    Longlive the Harmons

  21. I hope it is the 30’s or 40’s as mental health institutions were completely inhumane back then. horrid experiements were conducted. in the name of science. that were sick and twisted. Add that to the fact it is for the crinimally insane and you get living murderers and rapists before they are ghosts. imagine the terror of a place like that.
    that or its even older and back in 1800s

  22. rod says:

    I don’t know about casting the same people, but as different characters. Doesn’t make it original. Just sounds stupid.

  23. Christa says:

    I hope I enjoy it like I did the 1st season