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'American Horror Story' Creator Teases Season 4 Details: Will Be Set In 1950 & More. Thoughts?

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 15, 2014 5:28 PM
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“It’s set in 1950... If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year. It’s a period piece. We try and do the opposite of what we’ve done before. Jessica Lange has already started practicing her German accent so I’m very excited!”

American Horror Story: Coven series co-creator Ryan Murphy, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, published this afternoon, teasing fans with what to expect in the fourth installment of the hit FX franchise. 

So let the guessing begin, based on the limited info he provides above.

This comes on the heels of news last fall that FX ordered a 4th season of its hit supernatural drama series, with the possibility that this season's new cast additions - Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates specifically - would very likely be returning for a second trip down *dysfunction* lane, whenever season 4 goes into production.

Murphy revealed that he'd approached both actresses about coming back, and they both definitely wanted to. Although no official deals have been made public yet.

FX ordered 13 episodes. 

Given that Murphy teases that the 4th season will take place in 1950, what kind of a role might Bassett be assigned this time around?

As for what the story might be, given the year, and the mention that star Jessica Lange would be speaking with a German accent, I can only guess that the historical event which will likely serve as the backdrop for the 4th season is the Cold War, which started almost immediately following World War II. and lasted through most of the 20th century, which saw the USA and the Soviet Union become Cold War adversaries, after being wartime allies. At the end of World War II, both nations emerged as the two world superpowers, as most of Europe had been divided by Nazi occupation and these two superpowers were essentially responsible for ridding Germany of any remnants of Nazi ideology, amongst other tasks.

I'll leave any potential narrative specificity to all you WWII historians out there.

1950 was also the year then President Truman authorized production of the hydrogen bomb, as well as the beginnings of McCarthyism

Certainly lots of history to chew on there, for Ryan Murphy and the American Horror Story creative team to work with. The possibilities for what character Bassett could play may be somewhat limited, given the year Murphy will set the season. Or they could be limitless, if he lets his imagination roam. It is historical TV fiction after all.

I wonder if Gabourey Sidibe would return as well.

The series' current season - American Horror Story: Coven - is averaging 7.74 million total viewers, per episode, outpacing last season's installment by a staggering 83% in total viewers. 

This season's cast includes, in addition to Bassett, Bates, Lange and Sidibe: Sarah PaulsonEvan Peters, Taissa FarmigaEmma Roberts, Gabourey SidibeFrances ConroyLily RabeDenis O’HareJamie BrewerAlexander DreymonJosh HamiltonPatti LuPone, and Danny Huston.

It is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

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  • Sonia | March 18, 2014 9:41 AMReply

    Emma Roberts wasn't good in season 3! Don't bring her back!!!!! Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga better still be the on set couple they look adorable together!!!!

  • Lawrence | January 30, 2014 6:07 PMReply

    I think it will be based on Senator Marcathy and the Communist Hunts. This and the Salem Witch Hunts basically are the same things just looking for different people. I know my history, and the hints that the producer gives us is leading me to this event.

  • maegan | January 30, 2014 4:58 PMReply

    If Emma Roberts is in this next one I may have to stop watching.

  • Effy | February 2, 2014 12:16 PM

    Eat my shit, bitch!

  • curious1 | January 23, 2014 7:01 PMReply

    It would be amazing to see LANCE REDDICK in season 4 as well - LOVE his
    turn as Papa Legba!

  • Vixen | January 16, 2014 4:23 PMReply

    Well he (director) said he waned to do something he hasn't done before? Well, hes already done aliens, but he has not done any war type senerios.

  • john | January 16, 2014 11:22 AMReply

    Yeah I heard the circus theme as well but then I heard they were going back & forth between vampires and witches at the start of season 3. All I know is I have faith in Murphy that it'll be good.

  • Anthony moore | January 16, 2014 6:43 AMReply

    I'm almost certain AHS season 4 is going to have to do with aliens or the Roswell crash. Ryan Murphy wants to film in Santa Fe New Mexico, and I think the clue to season 4 was the instrument that myrtle snow was playing in episodes 10 AND 11 the theremin an instrument that creates an eerie sound used in old Sci fi alien movies. Just speculation tho cuz I know he kind of touched on aliens in season 2

  • AhsFan | January 16, 2014 1:45 AMReply

    What if its holocaust? D:

  • thenextsupreme | January 29, 2014 11:38 PM

    ...the holocaust ended in the 40's

  • Nikki | January 15, 2014 7:22 PMReply

    Hmmm season 2 was set in the 50s/60s. Ive heard that it has something to do with the Circus/ Carnival.

  • Jade | February 17, 2014 5:11 PM

    Thats apparently just a rumour, Ryan Murphy said in an interview.

  • mustang55 | January 15, 2014 6:10 PMReply

    American Horror Story: Honey I'm Home!

  • Monique a Williams | January 15, 2014 5:33 PMReply

    Exciting! Hard to top this season, tho!

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