The season leads viewers into New Orleans, where something wicked this way comes. Cordelia Foxx (
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Of course, Zoe isn't the only one whose, uh, straddling causes hurt. "AHS" queen Jessica Lange, who returns this season as Fiona, the supreme witch of her generation (encompassing every witchly power except the ability not to age). When a doctor's youth-defying experimental serum doesn't work wonders on her, Fiona mounts him and, upon seducing him with kisses, drains life out of him and turns him into a corpse.
While last season was more grim--crazed nuns, mental patients, Nazis, aliens, zombies and
"It's a little more fun," Falchuck. "It has a little more humor in it. It's closer to one than to two. This was a lot more fun. It just happened on its own--the feel. When the characters start being and forming and the story starts developing, there's an alchemy to it."
One seeped in female power. Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy and Jamie Brewer round our the cast of major characters. But the pairing that looks like it will provide most of the bewitching fun is the pairing of Lange and Bates, who plays Madame LaLaurie, a high society Creole socialite/serial killer in 1830s New Orleans who uses blood from her victims as a face mask. The two finally share the screen in the final seconds of the episode, bringing the past and present together.
"Good things come to those who wait," Falchuck said. "It eventually happens in the first episode. And then it happens a lot. In subsequent episodes, we'll see them a lot. And it will be wicked."