‘American Horror Story’ Season 3 Welcomes a ‘Coven’

Ryan Murphy announces that the new season will be called “American Horror Story: Coven.”

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

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Two weeks ago, former “American Horror Story” star, Dylan McDermott revealed that the upcoming third season of FX’s horror anthology would deal with witches. Last night at the Paley Festival, “American Horror Story” co-creator, Ryan Murphy confirmed witches are definitely a big part of the new storyline.

At the “American Horror Story” panel (via Deadline), Murphy noted that the new season will be called “American Horror Story: Coven.” Murphy had earlier teased that the story would take place in an area of the country “where true horror has been;” which seemed to refer to the Salem witch trials.

During the panel, Murphy said “it’s a really cool story we’ve been talking about for a couple of years, and this seemed the year to do it.” Murphy also noted that “American Horror Story” will be shot on location this season in multiple areas, including New Orleans. “We have another couple of doozy locales planned,” hinted Murphy.

Kathy Bates made a surprise appearance near the end of the panel, after having recently been signed to appear opposite Jessica Lange in “Coven.” Bates’ character is described as the former best friend of Lange’s character before the two women became bitter enemies.

Before the end of the night, Murphy even hinted that a future “companion piece” for “American Horror Story” may deal with vampires; a subject he has voiced disdain for in the past.

“It would be really cool to do a couple of different incarnations of the idea,” said Murphy. “But I can’t talk too much about it.”

Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Tasia Farmiga, Frances Conroy and Sarah Paulson have all been signed to return to “American Horror Story” as new characters in “Coven.” Additional cast members will likely be announced closer to the start of production.

“American Horror Story: Coven” is expected to premiere on FX in October.