Series co-creator Ryan Murphy and the cast of American Horror Story attended PaleyFest 2013 on Friday night, where American Horror Story: Coven was revealed as the title of Season 3.
Ryan Murphy also confirmed that parts of the show will take place in New Orleans. While we've known for a few weeks that these new episodes will revolve around Witches, and could possibly delve into the Salem Witch Trials, the latest chapter in this horror anthology series will stay true to its roots, and much like American Horror Story: Asylum, it will be playing with a lot of different horror genre ideas and tropes.
Ryan Murphy had this to say,
"It's about a lot of things. It's a really cool story that we've been talking about for a couple of years actually, and this seemed the year to do it. The fun thing is researching what are the really haunted places in America, and we have a couple doozy locales."
Unlike previous seasons, which were mostly shot inside a studio, American Horror Story: Coven will actually go on the road and shoot in these various haunted locales. The story itself will take place in multiple cities stretching across America.
Kathy Bates joins the cast this year, opposite Jessica Lange, who has appeared in the first two seasons. The two women will begin this new series of episodes as friends, but they will soon become enemies, and a great deal of the story will deal with their fight against each other.
Says Ryan Murphy,
"I wanted to see a lot of scenes of Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates going at it, so that's what you're going to see."
Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates previously worked together in the 2008 drama Bonneville, where they played best friends who take a road trip to deliver the ashes of a dead husband to his estranged daughter.
American Horror Story: Coven will premiere this October on FX.