Last year when American Horror Story wrapped up its first season run, viewers and fans of the series were shocked to discover that the next season would be hitting the reset button because the program was actually an anthology. Since then we’ve discovered that some familiar faces will return to play different characters in an all-new story with a brand new supernatural problem to deal with. Now that the audience is all the wiser and they’ve become used to the major shake up, today the series has unveiled that with the reveal also comes a crucial piece: a title change.
FX and co-creator/showrunner Ryan Murphy have revealed today that the second season of American Horror Story will now be titled “American Horror Story: Asylum”. This comes just weeks after the show was classified as a mini-series by the Television Academy, earning 17 Emmy nominations in the process. “The new mini-series”, as FX describes, was unveiled to have started production on July 17th, which was confirmed earlier this week as Murphy tweeted photos from the set involving Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan.
Murphy decided to explain exactly why the title was changed in an official release today, stating “When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show because we didn’t want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive. Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we’re calling the new installment.”
“We picked ‘Asylum’ because it not only describes the setting — an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward — but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted. This year’s theme is about sanity and tackling real life horrors.”
Set in 1964, the new episodes will feature Lange, Dewan, Levine, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Chloe Sevigny and more. Currently, the season is set to premiere sometime in mid-October.
What do you think of the title change to now include a subtitle?