‘American Horror Story’ travels to a carnival next?

Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange will return for the fourth season of “American Horror Story.”
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Ryan Murphy loves to play guessing games with his audience when it comes to where new seasons of the anthology series “American Horror Story” will go. Previous seasons have been set in a haunted house, an insane asylum and a school for witches. And the fourth season will be set in a carnival, if one of the show’s writers is to be believed.

“AHS” writer Douglas Petrie was a recent guest on the “Nerdist Writers Panel” podcast and confirmed rumors that the next season’s storyline would be set, at least in part, in a carnival.

“Yes,” was Petrie’s one-word confirmation about the carnival setting.

He elaborated a bit more, saying, “It does not have a title, but that’s the idea. Very roughly, that’s the idea.”


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In a previous interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy revealed that the season is set in 1950, hinting, “If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year. It’s a period piece.”

He also mentioned that Jessica Lange will speak with a German accent.

So what is the historical event Murphy was alluding to? The development of the hydrogen bomb? Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s red scare? The release of Disney’s “Cinderella?” Based on the grab bag approach of previous seasons, it could very well be all of those and more.



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