It's been hard to concentrate on all the fantastically creepy teasers that have been rolling out this summer for the third season of American Horror Story. But now that the Halloween candy has shown up in store aisles, and now that the above sixth teaser just arrived featuring a black-clothed triumvirate of divas on stilts by the names of Angela Bassett, Jessica Lange, and Kathy Bates, we think it's time to recap what we know.
The third season of the Emmy Award-winning series will, like the previous two, shift completely to a new time, place, and storyline, this time focusing on witchcraft in New Orleans. The new subtitle: Coven. Among the acting repertory company, we have the return of Lange, along with Evan Peters (Tate in Season 1, and Kit in Season 2), Sarah Paulson (Billie Dean in Season 1, Lana in Season 2), Frances Conroy (Moira in Season 1, Angel of Death in Season 2), Jamie Brewer (Addie in Season 1), and Taissa Farmiga (Violet in Season 1). New this season is Gabourey Sibide (Precious), Broadway vets Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole, and a bunch of other folks, but we only really know about Episode 1 so far.
Paulson plays Lange's daughter; Bassett and Lange each apparently have their own covens of witches, and the new teaser, dubbed "Initiation," suggests that Sibide and Farmiga are among young witches they'll be recruiting. Bassett plays a character based on real-life voodoo practictioner, Marie Laveau. And we know that Kathy Bates plays a historical true crime figure, Madame LaLaurie, a 19th Century New Orleans socialite turned serial killer who tortured and killed her slaves. She maybe, just maybe, gets brought back from the dead on the show.
The official word from FX on the season is that it will cover the "history of witchcraft in America."
Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves.
The premiere is October 9 at 10 p.m. on FX. Below, the rest of the teasers, in order. As you can see: Lots of black dresses, floating, and a focus on footwear.