When asked about the central theme of the season, he said, “It sort of dovetails with a time in our culture where different people of all different kinds of life start to stand up for their civil rights. The performers have put up with centuries of abuse which is all true and are getting to the point where we’re not going to take it anymore. We’re not going to take it from the town, from the law.” Murphy adds, “So that’s going on as Elsa (Jessica Lange) is trying to keep the sideshow going and it’s not working until she stumbles across two girls, conjoined twins played by Sarah Paulson, who may or may not be responsible for heinous activities that have gone on in the town. Then suddenly become her new headliners and of course that begins to attract people far and wide to see this incredibly odd and special girls.”
Not much has been revealed about Kathy Bates‘ character, Ethel Darling. We do know that she’s the mother of Evan Peters‘ Jimmy Darling, but Murphy also reveals that “Ethel is basically Elsa’s right hand woman.”
“She helps run the camp and she’s sort of the guardian of the law,” Murphy adds. “She had a real tragedy in that she was a real circus star in the ‘20s and 30s and then she had her baby and she became a down and out drunk and Elsa saved her from the drunk tank.”
Murphy concluded the interview by teasing that he has “a couple ideas” regarding season 5’s plot. “I’m sort of thinking over which ones,” He said. “I’ll probably spread clues in too.”
Make sure to read Ryan Murphy’s entire interview with Entertainment Weekly for the low-down on what to expect from this season of AHS.
American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere on October 8 at 10PM EST on FX.
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