The FX horror show will have 'Asylum' added to its title, which not only describes the setting of the second chapter 'but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted.'
Ryan Murphy has revealed the subtitle for "American Horror Story" season 2. The anthology, which submits itself as a miniseries at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, will be called "American Horror Story: Asylum" which appropriately reflects the setting.
According to the show creator, the subtitle explains more about the theme of the next chapter. "We picked Asylum because it not only describes the setting - an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange's character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward - but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted," he reveals. "This year's theme is about sanity and tackling real-life horrors."
Of why he unveils the title now, Murphy elaborates, "When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show because we didn't want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive. Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we're calling the new installment."
"AHS" season 2 is set in the 1960s at an institution for the criminally insane on the East Coast. Presenting a story that is unrelated to season 1, it features original stars Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe as different characters. Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan, who are cast as "The Lovers", are some of the new additions to the cast ensemble.
The new season will premiere in October on FX, but the exact date is yet to be announced.