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

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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  1. dude says:

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

  2. 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.

  3. Damian says:

    Her jaw only dropped because for once in his career he had a clear outline of the story from beginning to end

  4. toniak says:

    Delphine LaLaurie and New Orleans. *crosses fingers*

    • annie says:

      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!

    • Jessica P. says:

      That would be amazing. Now, I’m going to be disappointed if you’re not right!

      • toniak says:

        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.

        • renthead28 says:

          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!

    • Faster says:

      Yes! This is the storyline I’m hoping for!

    • Rain says:

      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!

  5. Billy says:

    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…

    • Curly Girly says:

      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).

      • Annie says:

        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.

  6. Richard says:


  7. Reblogged this on HORROR BOOM and commented:
    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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  9. andrew says:

    I LOVED season 2, actually more than the first season. As did the majority of my friends who watch the show. But this casting news is great and I’m hoping season 3 will be even better! Yay!

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