'American Horror Story' season 2: 9 spoilers from the cast
"American Horror Story" returns for a second season on Wednesday and the cast members told OTRC.com that there is a lot to be afraid of, this time around.
The show's second season will feature completely new characters in a completely different location than season 1, which followed the Harmon family in Los Angeles. Season 2 is set on the East Coast at an institution for the criminally insane, called Briarcliff Manor Sanitarium.
"American Horror Story" was created by "Glee" executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Some of the season 1 cast members will return to the series as new characters including Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy and Evan Peters.
The Sanitarium is run by Monsignor Timothy O'Hara (Joseph Fiennes), Sister Jude (Lange) and second-in-command, Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe). Also in charge of the patient's care is Dr. Arden (James Cromwell).
"American Horror Story" debuted in 2011 and was nominated for a whopping 17 Emmys this year and won two Awards - for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie, which went to Jessica Lange.
Check out 9 potential spoilers about the show from the cast.1. The characters are even more complex.
Jessica Lange already earned an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Constance in last year's season of "American Horror Story." She said her new character is far more complex.
"This woman, I think, has a tremendous past and secrets and a lot of layers. Moreso than the character I played last year. And I think in some ways, she's more difficult and the voyage she goes on is much greater, much more extreme," Lange told OTRC.com at the season 2 premiere. "I think it's more psychological. I think it's more complex. I think the characters are more difficult in a way, I think in some ways - more fully drawn. Yeah, everybody comes into it with a bad history, I can say that."
2. Some cast members will be unrecognizable.
"I will say, my character's very transformed from myself and so on that first day on set, I would say that people were a little bit like they didn't quite want to make eye contact with me," newcomer Naomi Grossman said. "Then they were like, 'Oh yeah, she's an actor, that's makeup!' Then immediately, so embracing, everyone."
3. Everything is bigger.
"It's bigger in every way, in terms of the villains and just the size of Briarcliff, compared to the house last season," Evan Peters told OTRC.com, seemingly insinuating that because the asylum is bigger, there will be room for more ghosts.
4. It'll get in your head.
"The thing that is so scary to me is that so many of the situations that the characters are put in are plausible and could or have happened to people in real life and that's the sort of thing that freaks me out," newcomer Britne Oldford told OTRC.com. "I am so cool with gore, you have no idea. I will watch a zombie flick any day, but when it comes to psychological things and plausible situations, that's what really freaks me out and I know that a lot of people feel the same way."
"I think it's always interesting - the status quo, who maintains the status quo and who kowtows to the status quo and those who run the initiatives," Joseph Fiennes said. "whether it's governmental or where we are in today's society, or whether it's 1960's Massachusetts in a mental asylum, that those trapped within that kind of blink-ed way of thinking back then, I think from our point of view, we'll find that very terrifying. These are fractured, tortured souls that don't need to be put into such extreme predicaments - that's what's scary - that you can't get out of this tortured environment, that can't facilitate a psychological way of helping people."
Zachary Quinto seemed to agree, with his assessment, "I think if last season was about the breakdown of family, this season is about the breakdown of sanity. What is sanity? What is real? What is demonic? What is just evil? All of that stuff. It's pretty uncompromising and really, really relentless, so that's what I love about it."
5. It's sexier.
"It's terrifying and it's sexy and I had to do some really wild stuff... with Adam Levine, which is, you know... tough day at work!" Jenna Dewan-Tatum told OTRC.com. "I would definitely say it's scarier this season. I mean, it takes place in an insane asylum, how much scarier does it get than that? I don't even like driving by those things, much less going in and being 'haunted' and scared in one. So it's definitely scarier, it's bloodier, they just really upped the intensity - all across the board."
6. It will delve deeper into religion.
"It's horror, but the reason I believe, my personal opinion, of why it's called 'American Horror Story,' is that all the horror came out of what actually happened in the '60's in this country, with the Catholic church, with psychiatry, with medicine, so that's the nature of the horror," James Cromwell told OTRC.com.
7. ... And Satan.
"The darkness scares me. Satan scares me," Chloe Sevigny said, when asked what brought out her fear in the new season.
8. It's even scarier.
"I feel really excited that Ryan entrusted me to give me the role he gave me this year, which is not for the faint of heart," Sarah Paulson told OTRC.com at the premiere. "This year, to me the scare is much more about psychological terror and I also feel like, the terror between power and the meek or the weak(er), the disenfranchised. It's really those who have and those who have not and those who have not have no recourse and it's a very scary thing and it could happen to any of us and I think that grain of truth really puts it over the edge in terms of terror."
"Last season was really scary," Naomi Grossman said. "But I'm scared just being on-set!"
Newcomer Mark Margolis told OTRC.com, "Some of the work I had to do freaked me out, but I can't tell you what it is. Freaked me out and made me crazy."
9. The viewers are not the only ones kept in suspense.
"I don't have all the answers, I have more than some, but we're still learning a lot as we go about what's happening as we're going through the season - we're about halfway through shooting now and there are surprises of us too, at every turn," returning cast member Sarah Paulson admitted.
"American Horror Story" season 2 premieres on Wednesday, October 17 on FX at 10 p.m. ET. Watch a trailer below.