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‘American Horror Story’ Season 3: Ryan Murphy Previews Kathy Bates’ Evil Character

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As excited as we were to see that ‘American Horror Story‘ season 3 was bringing back a wealth of franchise players from the first and second season alike, we’re twice as interested to see what new stars join for the third year. ‘Misery’ Oscar-winner Kathy Bates was recently added to the series, but what does series creator Ryan Murphy have to say of her villainous character? Get the latest on ‘American Horror Story’ season 3 inside!

After the conclusion of ‘American Horror Story: Asylum,’ series creator Ryan Murphy expressed a desire to return to a “lighter” form of horror, though we still know precious few details of the upcoming third season. We did recently learn that ‘Misery’ star Kathy Bates would join the upcoming season as a frenemy-of-sorts to Jessica Lange’s character, but Murphy revealed in comments to TVLine that Bates’ role was “five times worse than [her] ‘Misery’ character — which is why she liked it.”

“When I pitched this to Kathy, her mouth was drop-jawed because what I was pitching actually happened,” Murphy explained. “It’s a true event… You’ll see. It’s some good stuff…when we were crafting this season, I found this character — a true-life character.”

So far, ‘American Horror Story’ season 3 has already recruited franchise regulars Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson, with the potential for others going forward. Prior series stars Zachary Quinto and Dylan McDermott have not been confirmed, and may sit the third round out if scheduling falls through.

Murphy has revealed only select details of the FX drama’s third season, including that season 3 would have a love story focus akin to the one between Violet and Tate in season 1. The season will be set in the modern day across several cities, occasionally dipping back into the past as the narrative requires. Murphy also previewed that Peters’ role will likely prove that of a “sobbing psychopath” once again, while Jessica Lange would be a “glamour cat leading lady” of sorts.

Well, what say you? Do you think Kathy Bates will bring major ‘Misery’ to ‘American Horror Story’ season 3? On what true-life figure do you think the character will be based?

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