Let’s Speculate About “American Horror Story” Season 4, Shall We?

By November 8, 2013
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Hot on the heels of the announcement that FX has renewed “American Horror Story” for a fourth season, conversations speculating about the yet-to-even-be-written season have begun to cloud my radar both among my friends and through my trips around the blogosphere. So what am I writing here? Nothing more than further speculation to add fuel to the fanatic fire that already exists among the fans of this show.

What we already know about the next season of “AHS” is that Jessica Lange will indeed be returning. Her contract stipulates one more season. Alongside that tidbit of information, she has also stated she will be retiring from acting after she is finished with the upcoming season. I think I speak for all of us when I say I hope that is just a rumor. Along with the news of her return, EW reports both Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett have been approached to return to the series for the next go round as well.

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Last year, one of the main details that sparked fans to really wonder what this season was going to be about was the story’s location. For “Asylum” and “Coven”, fans had to wait until both seasons’ ends to find out the location, title and theme for the new season. Last year, as soon as we all found out “Coven” was to take place in New Orleans, the buzz about voodoo and witchcraft pointed to an obvious answer. This year, however, Murphy told E! Online he wants to change things up a bit, saying, “I always thought it would be cool to have the season end and the last image will be this is what the next season is about and you’ll get the title.” We’ll see if that happens or if this is just a red herring.

Another thing to remember is that during both “Murder House” and “Asylum”, clues were spread about to hint at the next season’s plot and such. They will continue that behavior this year. Mr. Murphy has been playing with two different ideas for season 4 and it’s looking like he will put clues in the final three episodes of “Coven” to point us in the direction he’s going to take moving forward.

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Okay, so those are all of the details we know at this point. Here’s the fun part! Let’s pretend this article and your comments are being read by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and let’s influence their decision for Season 4! They already have shown they do zombies correctly. Vampires and werewolves are old news. So what should be next? Here are some ideas:

Curse Of The Black Widow

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Yes, I am titling this genre after a movie. Think about it for a second, though. If we are to expect Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates to all return, a black widow twist on the story would be very intriguing to watch. Further, I just recalled reading somewhere that Ryan Murphy has alluded to Lange possibly playing a Marlene Dietrich type next season. So then, why not make that character the black widow and place the story during the golden age of Hollywood? Yes, I know…another era. But other eras are so in right now!

’80s Slasher

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Sure, we had Bloody Face in “AHS: Asylum,” but that character was just a bit player among all the other batsh*t nutso stuff happening in that season. You had your possessed nuns, your Nazi doctors, and don’t forget those pesky invading aliens! I feel it may be an interesting decision to make the next season focus more on a killer ala all those awesome 80s horror films we hold so near and dear to our hearts. Of course, given the show’s history, it’s a given that if Murphy goes this route, it’d be more than just a show about a Jason Voorhees type as that’d get rather boring after a few episodes. Also, just make it take place in the 1980s. Why not? I’m sure they’d be way more successful at capturing the nostalgia than “The Goldbergs” have been doing.

Body Horror

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Ryan Murphy told THR last month that he has no limit on gore. And as we’ve seen from the previous seasons, FX has been completely on board with the showrunner’s decision with regards to pushing the envelope. Why shouldn’t they be? “AHS: Asylum” raked in so many Emmy nominations that I believe everyone is on the same page. Speaking of “Asylum,” take a look at poor Shelly pictured above. Along with the nuns, the aliens and Nazis, mutated humans were also featured on the show. So moving forward, why not bring this topic into the foreground? Just mix The Thing, The Fly and Videodrome all into one pot and bring it to a boil. Just thinking about the possibilities will probably bring me dreams William S. Burroughs would be envious of.

Depression Era Circus Story
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Okay, I’ll admit that this one right here might be a bit of a stretch but I suppose I still miss “Carnivale.” I have a weird fear/fascination with clowns and have always been attracted to stories that take place during the depression era. While every season of “American Horror Story” has flipped back and forth through different time periods, “Coven” being no exception, it may be interesting to base an entire season in another time altogether. I mentioned 1980s above and I submit the 1920s here. There really is a lot one can do with this scenario. Plus, Clea Duvall appeared in both “Carnivale” and “AHS: Asylum” and we all know how much Ryan Murphy likes bringing back actors he’s worked with before. So, let’s make this dream of mine a reality, ok?!

Honestly, I’m sure I’ll be pleased with any direction the show takes for season 4. Murphy and Falchuk have my complete trust that they will bring something amazing. Hell, I’m excited to see the opening credits sequence they come up with for the next story!  Let’s keep this conversation going. What would you love to see in the next season of “American Horror Story”? State your case in the comments below!

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