This October… lift your spirits.
Check out the first teaser clip for the third season of American Horror Story – American Horror Story: Coven. Coven will focus on witches – whereas the previous two seasons focused on ghosts, aliens, and an insane asylum – and will bring back Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Denis O’Hare, Taissa Farmiga (who did not appear in season 2), and Frances Conroy. It will be set in both present-day and the 1830s.
New faces include Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, and Emma Roberts (who recently got into a domestic violence dispute with boyfriend Evan Peters).
The first three episodes will be titled “Bitchcraft,” “Boy Parts,” and “The Replacements.” Lange will play a witch (the Supreme witch), with Paulson playing her daughter Cordelia, and Bates will portray Madame LaLaurie – based on an actual historical figure who was a Louisiana-born socialite and serial killer who tortured and murdered black slaves. The season will feature a mix of fictional characters and characters inspired by historical figures.
Bassett will play Marie Laveau, an expert on voodoo who has a big multiracial following along with her daughter. Bassett has said about the role: “It’s been interesting being in New Orleans, there’s such a regard and respect for who she was. She was a woman in 1801 who lives to be 80 years old who is a very influential person in the city. My character is based loosely on her.”
In Coven, there will be a huge rivalry between Salem witches – who have fled to New Orleans to escape the Salem witch trials – and voodoo witches. With Lange representing the Salem witches and Bassett representing the voodoo witches, the two will have to band together and mend fences in order to stand up against non-witches.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy says: “The witches are really sort of a great allegory and metaphor for any minority group that has been persecuted and has had to go underground and, finally, is like, ‘You know what? Dammit, no. We’re fighting back,’ so that’s what they do.”
Executive producer Tim Minear says: “This year is a drama but there is a lot of humor and we are embracing a kind of velocity and fun with the series. It’s not the same as it was the past two years but I think it can be more fun for the audience.”
American Horror Story: Coven will premiere on October 9th on FX.