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Last night on American Horror Story, a lot was resolved and most of the loose ends were tied up, but we never saw this coming: the show’s creators have announced that next season will be set in a different haunted house with an (almost) completely new cast.

Sorry, what was that Ryan Murphy? You’re killing everything you’ve built and completely reinventing the wheel next season? How could you do that?

NY Mag reports:

Creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk just announced in a conference call that next season will start from scratch, in a whole new scary house, with many new cast members. “Next year of the show will be a different haunting,” Murphy said. “The next season of the show will be a brand new home or building to haunt.”

The show will follow this same formula going forward, with each season starting fresh. But they might not start totally from scratch…

Murphy did say that it is possible some of the cast members will return (and that he’s in negotiations with some of them, and would love Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, or Jessica Lange to return), but if they do, they will be playing entirely different characters/monsters/ghosts, and that the Harmon story is completely done.

Warning: Some light spoilers about last night’s episode are below.

Unlike the season that just ended, it won’t be set in a standard one family house or in Los Angeles. (Murphy did say there is a clue in the last three episodes about the new setting.) Also, there will be a whole new, but presumably just as freaky, opening credit sequence.

A hint in last night’s episode… so they’re moving it to Florida, presumably?

We can’t picture American Horror Story without Constance, Larry, Tate and the Harmons! Can you?

What do you think of this AHS twist? Are you glad to see the show moving beyond “the Murder House” or do you think the creators just (lame pun intended) dug their own graves?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683360003 Paige Barton

    huh…. well, if any of the cast members were to return, i’d rather they return as their character in season 1.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

      In an entirely new setting, that certainly limits characters quite a bit… Actually, it just limits it to Jessica Lange and the Antichrist Baby…

  • http://www.kimharringtonbooks.com/ Kim Harrington

    I think it’s a bold and risky move. Certainly unprecedented in television. And I love it! The draw of AHS for me was in the discovery–the myriad of mysteries and characters. What made this season pay off was that the questions were answered. The loose ends tied up. We had an actual finale with an actual ending. So the best, most satisfying place to go from here is to a new house with new characters who have their own mysteries for us to solve. Instead of yet another show with a fantastic first season that ends up drawing its mysterious out for far too long, we get to experience a fast-paced, insane, breathless season one…every year. Awesome. I’m looking forward to it. 

    • P_klarmann

      Good point. I’m still slightly skeptical though, because fans grow attached to particular characters – something most fans come back for season-to-season, to see where their favorite character ends up.

      Also, there are still several outlets I think the show can take n the same home, with the same characters (plus a new living family), for example: Michael, the 3-year-old murder child Constance “adopted”; Tate and Hayden’s strife over the Harmon family’s newfound happiness together; is Vivienne and Ben’s baby going to “grow”, like Nora’s child did? Just a few ideas. None of these affect the strength of the first season as it stands, but taking us into a new home with new people is really risky, so I’m interested in seeing how that works.

  • NifflerFelicis105

    Sounds silly if you ask me. I know several friends that have gotten attached to a particular sociopathic teenage boy ghost, and truly, I can’t see the show continuing without the characters the fans have grown to “love”.

    It’s a bold move. As I watched last night’s finale, I assumed (at first) that we would follow the Ramos family in the home. I’ll definitely watch, to see where they take the show, but I am skeptical.

  • Das

    I’m glad they’re going down this route, and was hoping they were.  I had a very hard time picturing it being the same family and it actually working for more than 1 season as much as I loved them. I think a new story per season will keep it much fresher. Perhaps I’m alone in this tho.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=33411927 Ashleigh Morgan

    Maybe the school where Tate killed all those kids?

  • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

    umm this kinda upsets me i like the cast now and i think there are alot of unanswerd question still and they still could do alot with the characters they have now but i unno i guess ill try the second season

  • Slavekristenw

    omg why thats terrible i watch the show for the characters now i will never watch it again if it is different i swear

    • Arobards

      Too bad for you then! You’ll be missing out.  These writers are amazing!

  • Guest

    YES!  Thank goodness! None of the inhabitants of Murder House are particularly scary anymore, with the exception of possibly Hayden and Tate, but what can they do to any of the Harmons, really?  However, I definitely feel Constance’s story is not over by any means.  I would really like that baby to play a large role in the next season.

  • http://twitter.com/smaloy Sarah Maloy

    I love that they’re considering bringing some of the actors (especially Jessica Lange) to season two, but I am not a fan of the decision to cast them in completely new roles. I just don’t see how that can work out…

  • Mitchel Clow

    Ugh this sucks! I guess we’ll never find out who’s Constance’s fourth child! =[


    I had a feeling this was going to happen. The Harmon’s story is pretty much done. I hope they do some new stuff with it,explore a whole new world and mythology.

  • Emmaleekay5

    I have absolutely no idea how to feel about this. It was pretty obvious that everything was tied up neatly with the Harmons and most of the ghosts, but what about Vivians son? I totally thought that they would pick up the next season with the monster child, but apparently not. It is quite interesting though, because it seems almost unheard of to take the second season of a television series to a completely different place with completely new characters, etc. However they end up playing it, I’m definately in, there’s no way I’m missing out!

  • Marisaw240

    Just curious if they ever explained why Moira looks old to women and young to men?

    • http://twitter.com/smaloy Sarah Maloy

      Yep—in one episode she says something along the lines of “men see what they want to see and women see what’s in a person’s soul.”

  • Anonymous

    Whaaaat? What about all the questions we still have? I’m not sure I’ll be getting into a whole revamp. UGH.

  • Clive

    I’m only actually three episodes in, so I don’t know how it develops, but I think this is a good idea.  A show like this needs to stay fresh, and outside of soap opera twists this is the only way for it to work. 

    It’s like Heroes which originally planned to abandon all of its season 1 characters and start fresh with new ones in season 2, when people kicked up a fuss they changed their minds, turning what in my opinion was one of the best shows on tv into absolute trash.

    Also, I think it makes the shows concept stronger, it’s called American Horror Story, yet only contains the story of one house.  I think it should change its style at least every season, being in a different state, telling different kind of horror stories.  I doubt they’ll go that far as it’ll be hard to retain an audience if you’re constantly changing genre but it would keep me interested.

  • http://twitter.com/zackfg Zachary Fortais Gomm


  • ew_rude

    yup. michael… the “monster baby” is going to grow up and become a best friend of Dexter Morgan because they have the same killing instinct.

  • Amy S.

    I love it! that’s a brilliant idea! I wish I was an american actress so I could audition for a role, I freaking love this show!

  • nikki

    I cannot imagine AHS without Tate and Violet. They’re what kept me watching every week.  I’m definitely not looking forward to season 2 now. I was really hoping Tate and Violet would work things out some how. What a huge disappointment!

  • Kay

    Yeah, not a fan of this at all. When I watch a show I get attached to the characters, and I’m attached to the Harmons.

  • Emmalou

    What if the new season took place in the mental hospital? I think that would be really cool!

  • Elaina Wiggins

    I think they should have spent at least one more season with the Harmons. Done a type of Skins generations style. The ending felt too rushed. I wanted to see them struggle with being stuck in the house more. Not just go straight to Happily Ever After

  • Alyssa

    If this is true, I honestly feel like I can’t watch the show anymore. I get really attached to characters when I watch shows like this and I did get attached to the Harmons and Tate and Moira and all of them. And I’m just saying all of this because of those characters but because I know if I watch next season I’ll get attached to those characters and be upset when they’re gone too. I don’t like this. They really need to stick with what they’ve got. There’s still plenty they can do for stories in the murder house.

  • Lipbalm96

    My life is ruined. I need Tate Langdon

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