The sad news has officially been confirmed, Jessica Lange will not be returning to American Horror Story. Her future with the show became unclear when she didn’t join the cast last season for American Horror Story: Hotel, but most fans were hopeful she’d be back. Lange had this to say during an interview with Charlie Rose;
I had four years with that – four seasons and each year was a marvelous character … but no, I think sometimes you come to the end of something.
Lange played some pretty intense characters over the show’s history. She’s played a twisted neighbor with a dark secret in season one, a troubled nun and head of an insane asylum who ends up falling from grace in season two, in season three she played a supreme witch, and of course in season four she played Elsa Mars, a woman desperate for fame and beauty, trying to keep a dying freak show going.
The last season of American Horror Story which was titled “Hotel” was the lowest rated yet, though most fans seem to have enjoyed it more than the previous season “Freak Show”. The show has been renewed for a sixth season set to air in September of this year, and there have been talks of a seventh season coming in Spring of 2017 as well, due to its huge fan following.
The creator of the show, Ryan Murphy, was quoted at PaleyFest saying “The interesting thing about this season is we’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done. So I don’t want to say what it maybe is. Both things that we’re writing right now – we haven’t declared a winner – will have a different form, so we’re excited about that. We’ll talk about it soon, but we haven’t landed on it yet.” It’s quite possible that both ideas will come to life between seasons six and seven. The show is infamous for keeping fans anticipating for as long as possible by keeping things under wraps.
The show just isn’t the same without Jessica Lange and her intense dynamic. Which character of Lange’s was your favorite, and, what theme would you like for the next season of the show?