With Glee‘s third season officially over, Ryan Murphy has a busy summer ahead of him. Not only will he be running the next year for the musical drama, but also the upcoming second season for American Horror Story, and the first for his new comedy The New Normal. While he may be juggling too many projects at the same time, fans still wait anxiously for AHS after the first season became a come-from-behind pop culture sensation. Now, Murphy has revealed more details about the upcoming season, including just what the theme will be and what we can expect from two of the new characters.
In an interview with Vulture, Murphy revealed that the theme of the second season would be (appropriately enough) sanity. “What makes someone sane or insane? Sometimes the people you think are insane are actually the most sane of all. It’s fun to write about people who society throws away.”
Meanwhile, the series will make sure to avoid any modern day contact as the second installment in the anthology series will take us to the 1960s. Many series have tried the period piece setting before, and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not it may actually work this time around.
The second season, set to begin in mid-October, will featuring returning actors and actresses Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, and Sarah Paulson, with all of them playing new roles, while Adam Levine will join as one pair of a duo called The Lovers, along with new cast members James Cromwell, Chloe Sevigny, and Lizzie Brocheré. The setting of the sophomore outing will be an East Coast institution for the criminally insane, run by Lange’s character, which will feature Cromwell as one of the workers, and confirmed patients Sevigny and Brocheré.
With the new characters, Murphy also revealed that Sevigny’s character was put into the institution by her husband because she has become a sex addict of sorts, which was legal back in the time. Along with those rules, one character will be institutionalized for being a lesbian as well. Given that combination, could we see another same-sex relationship on the horizon in the same way that one was featured last season with Chad and Patrick (but perhaps more stable this time around)?