American Horror Story Scoop: Ryan Murphy Teases Kathy Bates' Turn as a 'Bad, Bad Woman!'

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American Horror Story Season 3 SpoilersCrazy as she was, Misery psychopath Annie Wilkes apparently has nothing on the super-villain Kathy Bates is bringing to American Horror Story in Season 3.

“Oh, Kathy’s never [played] someone this bad,” Ryan Murphy revealed to TVLine with a laugh at PaleyFest Wednesday night, where he was honored with the event’s inaugural Icon Award. “Her [character] is a bad, bad woman!”

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While most details surrounding the acclaimed actress’ buzzy new role are being kept under wraps, Murphy couldn’t help but raise fans’ expectations just a teensy bit more by promising that Bates’ Horror Story nemesis is “five times worse than [her] Misery character — which is why she liked it.

“When I pitched this to Kathy, her mouth was drop-jawed because what I was pitching actually happened,” Murphy continued. “It’s a true event… You’ll see. It’s some good stuff.”

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As previously reported, Horror Story vet Jessica Lange essentially had her pick of actors for the FX drama’s upcoming chapter — which is how the idea to cast Bates first came to Murphy.

“Jessica told me in Season 1 that Kathy was a huge fan of the show, so I just put that in the back of my mind,” the prolific producer explained. “When we were crafting this season, I found this character — a true-life character — so I called Kathy and said, ‘I don’t know if you want to do TV again, but I’ve got this character…’ She said, ‘I love you and I love the show. Lemme think for two weeks’ — and then she called me in an hour and said, ‘I love it! I’ll do it!’ It was great.”

Have any theories on who Bates’ Big Bad will be? Did you ever think anyone could be worse than her Misery gal? Hit the comments!



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  • i cant see it being worse than Misery but i will love to be wrong

    Comment by dude – February 27, 2013 09:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She wasn’t THAT bad on Misery that no other role can compare.

      Comment by dude – February 28, 2013 06:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • THANK YOU. I have no idea why everyone thinks her character from Misery was such a bad-ass… double standard. If she were a man it would be considered tame.

        Comment by chick – April 27, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t even think you’d need Jessica at this point if you’ve got Kathy. Seriously, this casting move will do wonders (and hopefully) move people off of the negative aspects of season two.

    Comment by Jarrod Mitchell – February 27, 2013 10:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s going to move people completely off the show. I have no interest in Kathy Bates appearing on this show. Especially after Season 2 sucked.

      Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – February 27, 2013 10:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh Chuck, you’re adorable.

        Comment by wordsmith – February 28, 2013 01:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I would watch Cathy and Jessica eat Taco Bell in silence chuck must be an American idol fan. Tom Rochester ny

          Comment by Tom – March 15, 2013 06:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Can’t you go moan and complain on a street corner like a regular crazy person Chuck?

        I’d watch Jessica & Kathy read the phone book.

        Comment by dee123 – February 28, 2013 02:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • He does the same thing everywhere, including TVFanatic… Lets not pay any more attention to him. Kathy Bates should be an interesting addition to this show. I hope I can stick around for the whole season.

          Comment by Shuayb – February 28, 2013 03:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Well, I think yours is a minority view.

        Comment by Faster – February 28, 2013 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i LOVED season two. what “neg aspects”? LOL

      Comment by Dawn – March 1, 2013 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Her jaw only dropped because for once in his career he had a clear outline of the story from beginning to end

    Comment by Damian – February 27, 2013 10:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ^THIS

      Comment by Tay – February 27, 2013 10:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ha, we should be so lucky! I expect the first half will be mapped out, then it’ll go horribly off the rails…

      Comment by Ross – February 28, 2013 06:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL, right on the nose.

      Comment by Jessica Peterson – March 6, 2013 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Delphine LaLaurie and New Orleans. *crosses fingers*

    Comment by toniak – February 27, 2013 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • OOH. Excellent guess – she would fit right in with the overall ambience, especially with the mansion being so central to it (like Murder House and the asylum) ….bet you’re right!

      Comment by annie – February 27, 2013 11:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And YEAH, she’s MUCH worse than the Misery character!

        Comment by annie – February 27, 2013 11:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That would be amazing. Now, I’m going to be disappointed if you’re not right!

      Comment by Jessica P. – February 28, 2013 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’ll be disappointed if I’m not right, hahaha. But I’ll watch it regardless. So excited! I love Kathy Bates.

        Concerning the folks pointing out modern times: if this season is about witchcraft, it could be connected with her killing people in order to prolong her life. That’s always a common horror trope.

        Another evil woman that Bates could be playing is Erzsébet Báthory.

        Comment by toniak – February 28, 2013 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • i love the idea of her being Elizabeth/Erzsebet Bathory! I’ve loved that story ever since i saw the movie “Stay Alive”! I hope your right!

          Comment by renthead28 – March 11, 2013 06:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes! This is the storyline I’m hoping for!

      Comment by Faster – February 28, 2013 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ever since I took a trip to New Orleans I’ve been obsessed with this story, would love to see it play out on tv!! Delphine LaLaurie was just so sick and twisted, her story would fit perfectly into American Horror Story!

      Comment by Rain – March 1, 2013 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Its definatley got to be Delphine LaLaurie like toniak suggested above because all the clues Ryan has told us so far fits perfectly, elegance (shes on top of the social hierachy), real horrors happened here (slavery), multiple cities (New Orleans/Paris)…the only thing bugging me about this is I cant think of what the clues from the show are then…that is unless he is going to put Delphine’s story together with a story of witchcraft and have her torture and kill the slaves for the purpose of her ceremonies…

    Comment by Billy – February 28, 2013 12:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But I thought, in other interviews, that Ryan Murphy said that the next installment will happen during the PRESENT DAY. This would exclude Delphine LaLaurie, unless they are doing flashbacks to her (which Ryan also said there would be flashbacks).

      Comment by Curly Girly – February 28, 2013 06:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • In other interviews, he seems to have indicated that it won’t take place SOLELY in the present day. So, this could still be it.

        Comment by Annie – February 28, 2013 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Well, if you read the ‘Breaking News’ post that went up a few hours ago, it has now been confirmed that Kathy Bates WILL be the ‘Big Bad’ for American Horror Story S3. Playing a “true life” character, though? Goddammit, this is going to drive us crazy. So is the fact that the story is based on some horrible historic event.

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    Comment by andrew – February 28, 2013 08:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
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