‘American Horror Story’: Jessica Lange Just Revealed Her Least Favorite Season
Say what you want about American Horror Story, but there’s no denying that Ryan Murphy and Co. know how to put on a good show. From the uber-spooky moments in a haunted house to the twisted happenings in an insane asylum, fans can’t get enough of the hit FX series.
But, of course, everyone has their favorite and least favorite season, including beloved cast member, Jessica Lange. Here’s how she ranked each AHS season.
Lange’s best to worst list revealed
Lange shared her list in an Aug. 14 interview with Gold Derby (via TVLine). Interviewers asked the actress to rank the seasons she’s appeared on, which include Murder House (season 1), Asylum (season 2), Coven (season 3), Freak Show (season 4) and Apocalypse (season 8).
She quickly cut out Apocalypse, explaining, “I never saw Apocalypse, so I don’t know [where it would rank].” So, without season 8, she ranks them from best to worst as Asylum, Freak Show, Murder House, and lastly, Coven.
In case you don’t remember, Coven saw Lange play the witch Fiona Goode. Goode is the former head witch of the Salem Descendants, who hatches a really, really evil plan to regain power. (The season is on Netflix right now for your viewing pleasure.)
The season is arguably one of the wildest, most entertaining in the series. But, apparently, Lange does not like the whole set-up of the season and its story.
“I was stunned that year to get the Emmy for that part,” she told Gold Derby. “Again, the part was very well-written. I didn’t particularly like the whole set-up and season and story we were telling. I don’t know, it was not my favorite.”
Will Lange be on the next season?
There are only a few more weeks before FX releases 1984 (season 9) but, unfortunately, Thrillist reports that Lange might not be on it. The 70-year-old actress left the show after the fourth season and apparently only returned for 2018’s Apocalypse because she loved the character, Constance Langdon, so much.
“I mean, I think the truth is Jessica has played four extraordinary characters on this show, and Constance was the beginning, and it was a character that was close to her heart,” Sarah Paulson revealed to The Wrap while explaining Lange’s decision to return to AHS. “So I don’t think it took much convincing to get her back here for that. I think it was her love of the character, the connection to that character that drew her back.”
Lange herself echoed those comments in the video clip above.
Lange isn’t the only person who isn’t returning
At least one other longtime cast member won’t be on the upcoming season. Fan-favorite Evan Peters previously announced that he would “sit this one out.” The actor had previously opened up to GQ about the emotional toll the show can take on him.
“It’s been all a massive stretch for me and really difficult to do… It’s hurting my soul and Evan as a person. There’s this massive amount of rage that’s been called upon from me, and the emotional stuff that’s been called on me for Pose [the other show he does with Murphy] has been heartbreaking, and I’m sick. I don’t feel good,” he explained.
Paulson also won’t have as much screen time. But she told The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 that fans will see her one way or another.
“I want to be doing this show until I’m 95,” she told the outlet. “They’re going to have to drag me out of there kicking and screaming. That being said, I have no idea what Ryan’s plans are for me. It’s tantamount to me walking in and saying, ‘Do you want me to go left or right?’ and then whatever he says, I will just go there.”
“So I don’t know what his plans are for me as it pertains to Horror Story, but there will be crawl marks on the walls from them trying to drag me out if they ever ask me to go,” Paulson continued.
AHS 1984 premieres on Sept. 18. May it be as good as its predecessors.