AHS: Hotel will welcome blood lusters, serial killers, and a new Lady Gaga album? Catch up on all the details of AHS‘s fifth installment here.
All the AHS: Hotel news your brain can handle is just a few lines away. Are there vampires coming to the show? What is going to happen during this year’s Halloween episodes? Are you ready for another killer clown? Read on and let us know what you are most excited to see when AHS: Hotel premieres this October.
Halloween hassle at the Countess’ castle
The two-part Halloween episodes of AHS set a precedent for being the best of the season. The bottle-like episodes coincide with the holiday in real time and are filled with guest appearances and dark stories the characters are hiding. Hotel is no different.
The first episode, “Devil’s Night: Part 1,” will focus on Lily Rabe’s Aileen Wurnos, the serial killer who murdered seven men in a one year span. She will not be the only serial killer entering Hotel Cortez on Halloween. Wes Bentley’s detective Jon Lowe will entertain a table full of A-list killers, including another killer clown, John Wayne Gacy.
Ryan Murphy describes the gathering, “John Lowe’s invited to a devil’s night dinner. He thinks someone is pulling a huge prank on him. It’s the biggest serial killers of all time in a room with him and he has to figure who is trying to make him lose his mind.”
Darren Criss makes his entrance in the second chapter of the “Devil’s Night” saga as a Silver Lake hipster looking to enjoy an evening free of trick-or-treaters with his girlfriend. Their horror story begins as something rather comical. Murphy says, “They’re horrified they can’t get their artisanal cheese and they hate the sheets and they put Iris [Kathy Bates] through the wringer and she’s not happy.”
The phrase “most disturbing scene” arises once every AHS cycle. However, Hotel‘s entry may live up to the hype.
The scene involves Sarah Paulson’s Hypodermic Sally and Max Greenfield’s Gabriel who cross paths with the Addiction Demon. The teaser trailer gives a glimpse at what the demon, a man with skin covering his eyes, looks like. He will also be donned with a “concial metal dildo.” Ryan Murphy explained the demon’s symbolism a bit more saying, “He is a representation of that and what people go through fighting addiction. It’s not done lightly or blithely. I think it’s very powerful and strong.”
Not only did Greenfield test his physical limits preparing for the role of Gabriel, dropping nearly 30 pounds, he tested his acting limits as well. Greenfield explains, “Ryan gets real pleasure out of how far, I think, he can push it. And when we were doing that stuff, he was happy and he was scared. We all were.”
No, vampires are not coming to ‘AHS’
At least not in the traditional sense. No capes or fangs or fear of sunlight will play into Murphy’s AHS monsters. “I prefer the term ‘ancient blood virus,’ It’s not vampires. It’s really a form of hemophilia in a way,” says Murphy.
But one major detail remains, the insatiable lust for blood. Lady Gaga’s Countess is afflicted with the “ancient blood virus,” as are her lovers, Donovan (Bomer) and Tristan (Wittrock). The origin of the virus will be explained, but you’ll have to wait a bit. “Around the middle of the season, we sort of explore the origins of all that and her character and where [the virus] comes from,” explains Murphy.
Gaga’s horrific takeaways
Lady Gaga is having the experience of a lifetime on the AHS: Hotel set. She may be walking away with a bit more than a few memories and a souvenir chainmail glove. The “art of darkness” will follow Gaga to her next album.
But don’t expect her to hit the studio anytime soon. Gaga is perfectly content channeling all of her attention to AHS. Speaking to EW, Gaga said, “This is my focus right now. I don’t view this as a side thing that I’m doing in between other things. Cramming things in just to be everywhere all the time is really not what I like. It’s not what makes me happy.”
New to the acting scene, Gaga also commented that giving anything less than her all would dishonor the work being created. “If I were to saunter in here and not show true value to the work that’s already been done, that would be a massive mistake because these actors have been working for years,” says Gaga.
And her dedication certainly shows! Gaga threw a pool party for the cast, complete with a pool dyed to look like blood. Ryan Murphy says, “The thing about her that I love is that she doesn’t disappoint. What you want her to be is who she is which is a really rare quality in a star.”
More ‘AHS’ than you can handle
Not enough AHS in your life? The writing team behind the series is considering creating two installments of the series, one in the spring and one in the fall. With Ryan Murphy’s growing project list, is this even possible?
Murphy did confirm the rumor saying, “Next year  we might do a fall American Horror Story and a spring. We have to decide.”
Double the AHS means double the chances to for Jessica Lange to return, right?
AHS: Hotel episode 1, “Checking In,” premieres Wednesday, October 7 at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX.