Ryan Murphy Talks What’s Ahead for American Horror Story: Coven, Casting News for Season 4, and More

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Ryan Murphy Talks What's Ahead for American Horror Story: Coven, Casting News for Season 4, and More“American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy had his usual post-mortem chat with EW following last night’s episode of “Coven,” and in addition to providing some teases of what ahead for the witches, he touched on casting for “AHS” Season 4.

You can find the highlights below; for the full story be sure to click the link at the bottom of the page.

What can we expect in the winter cliffhanger episode called “Head”?
We follow the travails of Kathy Bates’ head, and things happen to other characters’ literal heads or intellects or brain power. She’s such a villain; yet, Kathy’s so empathetic so it’s become this weird thing where I’m shocked that people are rooting for Madame LaLaurie. I think what happens in the winter cliffhanger “Head” is beyond hilarious… Fiona (Jessica Lange) certainly doesn’t want her head in the house. It’s just sort of like one of those bad Christmas sweaters that keeps getting passed from person to person. Ultimately you’ll see what happens with Gabourey Sidibe, but it’s my favorite thing of the year—well that and Stevie Nicks… It sounds funny, but ultimately where that winter cliffhanger gets to is incredibly moving and very dramatic, and it’s about something that I think is very profound. You’ll see.

Will we see more interactions between Fiona and Spalding (Denis O’Hare)?
Yes. You’ll see more of Spalding and more of Spalding with other characters as well. Now that he’s a ghost in that house, he can really watch over them. He has his favorites.

Any hope for a Fiona/Cordelia truce?
No! They’ll never be on good terms. That’s one of my favorite relationships on the show. I think just when you think Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) has forgiven Fiona, something comes up, Fiona tries something else. Cordelia in the last four episodes in January finds out something even darker about her mother that turns things upside down. This isn’t “Gilmore Girls.” We don’t have a mother/daughter relationship that you love.

Speaking of bad moms, what’s up with Joan (Patti LuPone) and Luke (Alexander Dreymon)?
In the next episode Joan is alive, and her son is in a coma. She finally has to deal with the fact that the ladies next door are witches whom she hates but who can help her, particularly Nan (Jamie Brewer), who is a clairvoyant. Also, we give the nation and the world Patti LuPone singing a spiritual, which is a great moment for her. I think “Head” is my favorite episode of the season. What Patti LuPone does. The return of Myrtle Snow. There’s some great stuff—Jessica stuff, Sarah stuff, Emma stuff. I’m really excited for people to see that winter cliffhanger because it’s pretty amazing. Angela stuff. Gabourey. It’s some of the best work of the season.

Will anyone who dies this season stay dead?
There are a lot of deaths in “Head”… It really sort of turns the season on its ear and sort of sets up the last four episodes in a very clear, interesting way… some of them die and don’t come back.

Anything else about Stevie Nicks’ appearances?
Stevie will be in Episode 10 (airing January 8th), and then we have Stevie for another one, doing an idea that she came up with that I thought was too perfect to say no to. Hilariously, Stevie read some of the scripts and called up and said, “Are you aware that one of the things you’re doing I actually wrote a song about?” I’m like, “You’ve got to be kidding.” Then I remembered the song. We have something cool that was her idea.

Do you know who’ll be back in Season 4 yet?
I’m already coming up with titles, and I invite people when we have a character for them. People should never read into that; just because some of your favorites haven’t been announced doesn’t mean anything. It’s a slow build, and I keep adding on. Angela is coming back hopefully. Kathy is coming back hopefully. Jessica, Sarah, Evan. Franny Conroy we want to come back. We have a great part for her. And new people too! I love an actor I did The Normal Heart with, Finn Wittrock.

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“American Horror Story: Coven” Episode 3.09 – “Head” (airs 12/11/13)
Cordelia’s (Sarah Paulson) attacker is revealed. Fiona (Jessica Lange) looks to form an alliance with Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett).

Nan (Jamie Brewer) learns a disturbing truth about Luke’s (Alexander Dreymon) past.

Written by Tim Minear; directed by Howard Deutch.

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