AHS: Double Feature: Denis O'Hare On Board; Aliens Rumor "Interesting"

Just when we thought we may have gotten a break when it comes to news about Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's newly-announced American Horror Story: Double Feature, the folks over at AHS fan site AHS10FX have checked in with a big scoop and an interesting comment about a storyline theory- from Murphy himself. The updates come not long after Murphy clarified that viewers will be getting "two seasons" that will air in "one calendar year" and that the cast for the storyline set by the sand hasn't been announced yet (maybe that's where Kathy Bates is appearing?).

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Image: FX Networks

First up, it's been confirmed that AHS alum Denis O'Hare (American Gods) will be returning this season, with Murphy offering the news as a comment in a post about O'Hare's rumored return- which you can check out here (followed by O'Hare sharing the reveal):

So remember back in September 2020 when we reported on Sarah Paulson doing a project with Harper's BAZAAR where she responded to fan theories? In response to one about "aliens" being revisited in the tenth season, Paulson paused before saying, "I plead the Fifth," then another pause before following with, "I just think it's possible, how about that?" before another pause and, "I'm going to get in so much trouble." Well, let's flash ahead six months and a post from AHS10FX addressing the rumor that the storyline by the sand would be shot in Las Vegas, Nevada, and involve Area 51 and alien conspiracy theories. Once again, Murphy checked in- this time, to let everyone know that he found the pos to be an "interesting rumor…" A soft, subtle confirmation? Is Murphy hinting that the rumor is on the right track but not complete? We'll know soon enough, but Murphy doesn't tend to drop comments often or lightly- something to keep in mind:

What We Know About AHS: Double Feature

Now that we know the season's title, let's look back at a chunk of what we know so far- starting with Murphy posting an image of sand dunes on a beach with the caption, "American Horror Story. Clue." Considering the imagery and the location of Provincetown, Massachusetts, being utilized for filming on the upcoming season, we're wondering if the story will include the "Lady in the Dunes": the name was given to the body of an unidentified woman discovered in July 1974. Though efforts were made in 1980, 2000, and 2013, to learn the victim's true identity (and identity of her killer) remains unknown.

Then in late August, Murphy posted an image of a set of sharpened teeth with the news that production on the tenth season would begin in October. Could the set of sharpened jaws be teasing a water-based menace? Possibly killer mermaids? And what about Sarah Paulson's tease (joke?) about aliens being a factor? Then we were gifted new key art (along with key art for spinoff anthology American Horror Stories, which Dylan McDermott is hinting that he will be a part of) that looks to keep the theory alive (with Paulson teasing more details in a podcast that she and Murphy did should be dropping sometime soon).

Finn Wittrock revealed that "this season is structured in a way no other season has been" and that "it has something to do with sharp teeth." Ross took to Twitter in January 2021 to let AHS fans know that the upcoming season was "going to get very bloody very quick" and who she would have scenes with, and Billie Lourd has apparently already started back. Paulson revealed more teases about her character to EW: "The character I'm playing this year on 'Horror Story' has some issues, let's just put it that way." Paulson continued, "I have a hair color I've never had in life nor in the show. That's what I can tell you. And I have a great name. I have a great name, which I can't tell you."

Lily Rabe had this to say about her character: "I can say that the person I'm playing on this season is nothing like anyone I've played on the show before, and I am having such a wonderful time with her and with my fellow actors. I love this season. I love this season. I think new fans of the show will love this season, but the longtime fans of the show, I just can't wait to share this season with them. There's something about it – I wish I could say more." In a separate interview, Rabe would compare the season's energy with that of the first season, Murder House. Last week, Leslie Grossman tweeted this to get the speculation fires burning: "Just got pitched the finale of AHS Season 10 by [Ryan Murphy] himself and I fell to the floor and cannot breathe you guys have no idea what's heading your way."

AHS key art from Ryan Murphy (Image: FX on Hulu)
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American Horror Stories key art from Ryan Murphy (Image: FX on Hulu)

Set to the tune of Orville Peck's Dead of Night, the American Horror Story cast reveal video below confirmed that AHS powerhouse alums Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Billy Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, Finn Wittrock, Frances Conroy, and Denis O'Hare will return. In addition, Home Alone alum Macaulay Culkin as well as Spencer Novich, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Pierce Cady, and V Nixie will be a part of this season's cast. Axelle Carolyn (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Haunting of Bly Manor) is set to direct an episode this season.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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