American Horror Story: Coven – the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s horror miniseries – came to a close earlier this week, and already spoilers are leaking out about the next season.

'American Horror Story' Spoilers

Jessica Lange, who’s been front and center in American Horror Story’s first three seasons, will be back for a fourth. In fact, she’s already been cast in the role of a “Marlene Dietrich figure” in the season’s 1950s setting.

Murphy told fans weeks ago that the last few episodes provided clues for what’s to come in AHS’s next season – as does the decade it will be set in. “If you look historically what happened in the year 1950, there’s some more clues in that year,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a period piece. We try and do the opposite of what we’ve done before.”

No Circus For 'AHS' Season 4

For some reason, there’s been overwhelming speculation that the next season’s subtitle will be “Circus.” Murphy has shut down the theory, and has suggested that he hasn’t come across any theory that’s hit the nail entirely on the head. “I saw those posters,” Murphy told EW of “Circus” rumors. “I don’t know where people came up with that idea. Sometimes I think its people wanting us to do topics and doing fan posters. No one has completely guessed what it is.”

A popular theory emerged about Season 4 being set in Paris, and another elaborate and compelling idea about a story surrounding Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss and his would-be model daughter Brigitte Höss was put out by However, being that the title of the miniseries includes the stipulation that it is ‘American” makes them slightly less plausible.

'American Horror Story' In Epcot?

More realistic foreshadowing for the new season includes a plot based in old Hollywood, which would make some of Madison’s (Emma Roberts) comments in Coven’s final few episodes relevant. There’s also the possibility that Disney World’s EPCOT could have something to do with the new story, as Myrtle (Frances Conroy) randomly chooses the theme park locale as the place to send Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) and Kyle (Evan Peters) to get out of harm’s way. Would EPCOT take the shape of the experimental community Walt Disney has initially imagined it would become? Or, will Murphy be using the creation of Disney World as a whole as the launch point for the story?

Regardless of where the next AHS season is set and what the main source of horror will be, Murphy has promised that comedy will be just as present as it was in Coven. "It has the same sort of comedic tone,” said Murphy. "My feeling is, if you loved this season, you’ll love next season."

"Next year will be equally as challenging," the showrunner continued, “because so much of it is period and bizarre and crazy and gothic."

Although Lange is all but confirmed, and Sarah Paulson has also alluded to being a part of next season’s cast, it’s unknown who else will be returning – or who will be joining the series’ cast of characters.

– Chelsea Regan

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