American Horror Story @ Comic-Con: Freak Show Character Names Revealed

American Horror Story Comic-Con

The stars and executive producer of American Horror Story: Coven — as well as Freak Show newbie Michael Chiklis — convened Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, and they came bearing secrets about the upcoming season.

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“I can tell you this, which is not much: It’s the best season so far,” executive producer Tim Minear ‘revealed.’ “It’s not like the first three seasons.” He said he recently saw a daily that he could only compare to a scene from Zodiac — but with sherbet. (Your guess is as good as ours.)

The cast was, however, allowed to reveal their character names, which are as follows:

* Emma Roberts is playing Maggie
* Sarah Paulson is playing Bette and Dot Tattler
* Kathy Bates is playing Ethel Darling
* Chiklis is playing Wendell del Tolito
* Angela Bassett is playing Desiree Dupre
* Evan Peters is playing Jimmy Darling
* Jessica Lange — who was not present — is playing Elsa Mars.

Peters’ character is the son of Chiklis’ character, while Bassett is playing Chklis’ wife and Bates is playing his ex-wife.

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As for the main monster of Freak Show, Minear revealed that it’s the show’s “scariest creation so far” and will be played by John Carroll Lynch.

That’s all they could reveal, plot-wise, though it sounds like the actors have already been through hell while shooting Episode 1.

“After my first scene last week — and this is a terrible confession to make — I couldn’t sleep until six in the morning, and then I slept for 30 hours,” Kathy Bates admitted, bursting into tears of laughter. “And that was without drugs, I swear to God. I think [Ryan Murphy] scares the s–t out of me.”

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The upcoming season will also push the show’s production to new limits, particularly with Paulson’s two-headed character. (For the record, she prefers the Bette head because she feels “very organic” to her.)

“There are about 22 people working on every single shot that I do,” Paulson said. “How it will all come together I do not know, but it’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I can’t just shoot all of Bette, then all of Dot. I feel like Sybil. I should call Sally Field and get some tips.”

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  1. Jon says:

    So does that mean Lily Rabe and Taissa Farmiga won’t be back this season? I’m glad Emma and the rest are back, but I will miss them – especially Rabe!

    • Wouter says:

      Pretty sure Rabe won’t be back. She’s starring in another show next season. Haven’t heard anything about Taissa but i don’t really care to be honest.

      • Joey says:

        Vera is the only Farmiga I want to see on my screen. Thank goodness for Bates Motel.

        • abz says:

          THIS!!! Vera is amazing. One of the best actresses I’ve seen in a while. She so deserved an Emmy nomination this year. Can’t believe they gave nominations to Kerry Washington and Claire Danes again (even after that lackluster season of Homeland) over her.

      • SSS says:

        honestly, I’d rather have Taissa on the show than Emma, just saying. Emma is even worse and honestly, she’s famous only because of her aunt.

    • Some chick says:

      Lily will appear in one episode as a cameo.

  2. Teag says:

    John Carroll Lynch is definitely playing a clown.

  3. Maggie says:

    Kathy Bates’ character is named Ethel, not Effil.

  4. Ron says:

    Am I the only one who wishes Quinto would come back?

  5. AnnieM says:

    “scariest creation so far”…. I hope that’s accurate! SO looking forward to the new season. :-)

  6. DL says:

    You had me at John Carroll Lynch.

  7. Sylvia JARVIS says:


  8. Ben says:

    very very boring!!!!

  9. When does new season start…

  10. Bobby Martin says:

    When is this season starting , date and time, hooked on all the American Horror Stories, Jesdica Lange and Kathy Bates Fenomile