American Horror Story: John Carroll Lynch on Returning to AHS Universe

There's nothing like the merging of two television worlds to yield some interesting intel. For example, American Horror Story veteran John Carroll Lynch also plays Montana state trooper Rick Legarski on ABC's Big Sky. And after this week's "blunt" episode, it was no surprise that Lynch would be the focus for some interviews. But it was one interview in particular that led to a brief discussion about Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's FX and FX on Hulu horror anthology franchise. Asked about his future with AHS or spinoff American Horror Stories (including reprising his Twisty role), Lynch's answer found a way to keep one foot rooted in the abstract and the other in the future. Which is a nice way of saying that it doesn't sound like he's going to be involved with AHS Season 10, but it's not an outright denial. That said, Lynch is more than open to returning to the "Murphy-verse" and appreciates being able to play different and complex characters.

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Image: FX Networks

"I would like to work with Ryan Murphy in any capacity. I think he's one of the interesting artists working today in all capacities and the cast is enviable to play opposite," Lynch explained. "I've been so fortunate to play David Dellinger (in Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7), one of the most morally clear people I'll ever play and a person who effected such heroic attempts at change in the same calendar year as I'm playing one of the worst people I've ever played. It's been a nice year to play both of those really interesting men. I don't mind taking a walk on the dark side at all, it has to be done. I have some understanding of how to do it. I'd like to do a comedy, I'd like to laugh a little bit. I've been fortunate to not be pigeonholed into one set of circumstances and I pray that Rick Legarski doesn't do that to me either."

A Look at What We Know About AHS Season 10

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 going with the story being based around (or including) 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 (as well as the identity of her killer) remains unknown. Recently, we learned that "Pilgrim" (reportedly its working title) was approved earlier this month to film the tenth season in and around Provincetown.

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).

Recently, cast member 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."

Then, Lily Rabe said 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."

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 alums Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Billy Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, Finn Wittrock, and Frances Conroy will return. In addition, Home Alone alum Macaulay Culkin as well as Spencer Novich (Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Monsters Down the Hall) will be joining the 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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