1:30 pm EDT, September 16, 2014

‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ more plot details, poster

American Horror Story: Freak Show has released its second promotional poster and a slew of information regarding the conception of this season and what viewers can expect to see!

The Freak Show news continues to trickle in as the television viewers prepare for their favorite fall shows to return. In the latest poster from American Horror Story the beauty of a performer is subtly interrupted by a slight of hand, quiet literally. Once you see the abnormality, there is no unseeing it.

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The production value of American Horror Story: Freak Show is one for the books. The entire carnival, from tent to costume, is the result of extensive research by the team that Ryan Murphy has assembled for the fourth installment of the series. In a recent interview with EW, the creator mentions that production designer Mark Worthington’s masterpiece resonated with star Jessica Lange, whose interest in capturing the strange and abandoned in her photography plays well with the environment.

In a batch of stills from set, you get a sense of the cast of characters viewers can expect to see and the less than glamorous conditions they dwell.

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Aside from the family drama the Freak Show promises this season, Ryan Murphy mentions that he wanted to capture another struggle for acceptance. In his in-depth interview he states, “[The plot] sort of dovetails with a time in our culture where different people of all different kinds of life start to stand up for their civil rights. The performers have put up with centuries of abuse which is all true and are getting to the point where we’re not going to take it anymore.”

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In addition to some larger issues the crowd will face, you can expect that Elsa will veer away from Jessica Lange’s previous inclination to play villainous characters. American Horror Story will portray Elsa as a hardworking woman trying to make the best life for her assembled group, especially as trouble brews on the outside.

To the dismay of coulrophobes everywhere, Ryan Murphy talks about his choice to go all out when it comes to creating the villain, Twisty the Clown.

“I’m fascinated by the whole clown phobia thing because I personally don’t have it. But whenever we shoot those scenes half the time a third of the crew has to leave because they’re so afraid of him. There’s a real interesting thing that people have with being terrified of clowns. So we decided to go head on at it and we tried to make him the most terrifying clown of all time.”

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Not too much information about Emma Robert’s role is known, but she will play a con artist who appears as a fortune teller. Evan Peter’s character will have some romantic entanglement with her this season.

As for the singing beauties, Patti LaBelle’s character will not grace audiences with a tune, but Jessica Lange’s ex-Cabaret star will provide a bar or two as part of her act! (Hopefully it will live up to her “Name Game” scene in Asylum.)

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In the stills there are two new characters that will appear this season as part of the Freak Show. The first is the Amazon Woman the second is the Tattooed Seal. As far as supernatural elements go on the show, Murphy promises that “once you die, you’re dead. There’s no supernatural thing to bring you back like last year. It’s just completely new.”

For more American Horror Story: Freak Show news, check out these articles:

The latest American Horror Story: Freak Show plot details

Watch all the terrifying American Horror Story: Freak Show trailers

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres October 8 at 10:00 p.m. ET on FX.

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