American Horror Story: Santa, Spoilers and Season Three

EW caught up with Ryan Murphy recently and they had a nice long chat about American Horror Story. The most interesting bits pertain to a Christmas episode, spoilers about modern Bloody Face and what’s on deck for season three.

I thought I’d pull a few of the highlights that interested me. I may think this season is going overboard a bit compared to the last, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to know where it’s heading.

Read on below:

On the Christmas Episode:

So now that Jude knows Mary Eunice has been possessed, is she basically going to go back to Briarcliff and battle the devil?

Yes and it’s all wonderfully contained in our fabulous Christmas episode. The Christmas episode is a very interesting episode because when we were plotting out the season I really wanted to do a Christmas episode because I always thought, based on my research, that 1964 was a very interesting year in terms of the secular and the commercial. That episode has a scene where it’s Santa Claus vs. Sister Jude.

And Santa is Ian McShane right?

Yes! I can’t believe that he did it. We wrote it and I kept saying, “We need an Ian McShane sort of guy for this.” He was a fan of the show so I’m like, “Well I wonder if he would do it?” So we sent him the first five pages, which is the darkest Santa Claus story of all time, and he thought it was great. He and Jessica have this amazing scene together.

On present day Bloody Face (spoilers)

It sounded like Dylan McDermott’s voice as modern day Bloody Face. Is he modern day Bloody Face?

Yes. Dylan is modern day Bloody Face. So the question is Why is he the modern day Bloody Face? What is he doing? And that’s revealed in episode nine.

On season three:

You got greenlit for a season three so does that mean you have a plot already for it?

Yes. I do. I have an idea and I went to Jessica and she was very excited about the idea and possibly where it would film and how we would make it. I did the same thing last year—we almost work a year ahead. It’s a very dense script and it’s a lot of prep time. I do—I know what next year is.

Last year, Billie Dean gave that speech in the finale about asylums, which was a clue to this season. Are you planning on putting clues in the finale this year?

I think so. We haven’t decided what lead actors are coming back. I know what it is and I know that there will be clues in the final episode. Last year we didn’t announce what it was about—we waited til the summer to do it. I think we’ll announce it earlier this year.

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