American Horror Story: Hotel had nothing to show by its presence at Comic-Con 2015, but with filming in full swing, Season 5 is dripping an elevator’s worth of fresh blood. Not only do we have our first photos of the cast, but also fresh details on a “drillbit dildo” killer, connections to the first season, and much more.

Entertainment Weekly has debuted multiple new looks at the fifth season of Ryan Murphy’s horror franchise, both in photos of the expansive cast, and new details on the characters and setting. In addition to confirming that we’d see the Hotel Cortez in multiple time periods (built by Evan Peters’ James March in 1930 with murderous secrets, owned by Lady Gaga’s blood-drinking Countess in the present day), Season 5 will also feature a “Ten Commandments Killer” and the eyeless, mouthless “Addiction Demon,” who wields “a nasty, conical drillbit dildo.”

To help wash that image out of your mind, here are the cast photos, complete with descriptions:

Additionally, EW has also offered up an in-episode photo confirming the return of Season 1 realtor Marcy (Christine Estabrook), while Ryan Murphy goes further to suggest we’ll actually see the Murder House again in an episode.


Elsewhere, the Hotel cast thus far includes Max Greenfield, Cheyenne Jackson and Lady Gaga, returning Coven alum Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Asylum star Chloe Sevigny, Freak Show guests Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer and Wes Bentley, and franchise regulars Lily Rabe, Denis O’Hare, Evan Peters and Sara Paulson. FX boss John Landgraf described American Horror Story Season 5 as an “unusually large reinvention” of the series, while Jessica Lange confirmed her exit, but remains open to appearances in future seasons.

Season 5 will premiere on October 7, but what can we make of the latest looks at American Horror Story: Hotel?

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