We know that Season 2 of the FX hit show American Horror Story will be set in the 1960s, at an East Coast institution for the criminally insane. We also know that Jessica Lange will play a completely different character, although we don't have too many specifics about her role. Series writer Tim Minear has revealed that the Emmy-winning actress will play a nun this year, though.
"She's not playing this kind of ersatz Tennessee Williams character this time. She's playing something that's a little more East Coast, a little more patrician. She's playing a nun. She's playing an administrator of a facility. It's different. In this instance, she's a bride of Christ."
"Let's say that Adam's character is kind of a nod to contemporary sensibilities, as opposed to something from the mid-century."
The writer also talked about his first meeting with series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and why this season is set in the 1960s.
"The truth is, when I first met with [creators] Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk about the show, I came in, I read the pilot script, and I'm like, 'OK guys, this is all very well and good - I don't know how you make this into a TV show. I don't know how you sustain this.' And Ryan immediately had the answer, and that was, 'Oh, the way we sustain it is by the end of the season, we have killed off every character.' And I'm like, 'I'm in!' And then you revamp it. Basically, in Season 2, you have a whole new story, a whole new location, a whole new time frame. You just do something different. The reason we're doing it in the 1960s is because that fits the story that we want to tell."
American Horror Story Season 2 will debut on FX sometime in October.