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“AMERICAN HORROR STORY”: Ryan Murphy talks the “FREAK SHOW”

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COVEN may have underwhelmed upon completion, but the beauty of AMERICAN HORROR STORY lies in its seasonal reinvention, allowing creators Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk and their horror troupe to lure us in anew every year. For season four, the time and place utterly warped by the show’s vision will be a circus in 1950s Jupiter, Florida where series star Jessica Lange will play a German ex-pat managing said carnival. We’ve previously learned actors Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett and Evan Peters are also returning (where is Lily Rabe?!). But what of new characters?

Speaking to EW, Murphy revealed what will amount to one of the season’s big bads (à la Rubber Man, Bloody Face), Clown Killer:

“It was always a concept that Jessica and I talked about really early on,” says Murphy of Freak Show. “It was always her favorite one, which I thought was funny. I’ve had many different versions that I’ve run by her. I just love it. It feels really right. I thought it was going to be light but it’s turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the Asylum season. But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it’s going to be dark.”

Is it a Killer Clown? A Killer of Clowns? Both? “The most terrifying clown ever!” Murphy enthuses. He also confirmed the appearance of some sort of AMERICAN HORROR STORY-tailored Bearded Lady. This should be something. 

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW hits this fall on FX.

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