American Horror Story Carnival! The exact title hasn’t been confirmed, but the theme has.
According to Variety’s Andrea Seikaly, Doug Petrie spilled the beans on a Nerdist writer’s panel podcast when another podcast guest asked if the rumors were true about the carnival setting, and he confirmed Season Four will definitely be set in a carnival. He didn’t give more details than that, but he did give out a really juicy tidbit about Jessica Lange’s character. Said Petrie:
“It doesn’t have a title, but that’s the idea. Very roughly, that’s the idea.”
Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson are both involved. Series co-creator Ryan Murphy has told The Hollywood Reporter that Lange “has always wanted to play a Marlene Dietrich figure, and now she gets to.” So that’s why Ryan Murphy said that Jessica Lange has already started practicing her German accent. We also know it takes place in 1950 and the present day, like Season Two’s “Asylum” was. So apparently, Ryan Murphy was lying his ass off in this post-Coven Finale interview.*
More news as it comes in, but this is better than a communism/Red Scare theme, which is what most people (including yours truly) guessed when Murphy started dropping hints. I don’t know where the Coven episode “clues” were for a circus settling, but as soon as we find out, we’ll let you know!
*Fair warning: Did the last few episodes and especially the finale of American Horror Story Coven disappoint the hell out of you, because you loyally and patiently expected better after the first two seasons? Don’t get me started, there’s a reason publication of the usual “Ten Things We Learned This Week On American Horror Story” trickled off when they did: it was a stretch for me to think of a few nice things to say (let alone ten for every episode) for the majority of the second half of the season, so I didn’t say anything at all (on here, anyway– I had no such problem on the A.V. Club message boards where I went apeshit with my venting, along with many other bummed-out fans). Anyway, if you were let down, this post-finale interview will piss you off all over again.