American Horror Story hit Comic-Con for the first time on Saturday night, where they announced the stars set for season 4 Freak Show.

AHS: Freak Show Cast Reveals Characters

The anthology series’ fourth season will focus on the last American freak show in 1950’s Florida. Returning cast members include Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and Denis O’Hare. New cast members Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) and Finn Wittrock (The Normal Heart) are joining the AHS troupe.

Roberts will play Maggie, Paulson will star as Bette and Dot Tattler while Bates will play Effil Darling, and Chiklis will play her ex-husband, Wendell Del Toreado, who is now married to Bassett’s Desiere Dupree. Peters is playing Jimmy Darling, son of Bates’ Effil and Chiklis’ Del Toreado and Lange will star as Elsa Mars. Sitting on the Comic-Con panel Saturday were Roberts, Paulson, Bates, Chiklis, Bassett, Peters and executive producer Tim Minear.

“Bette is my favorite right now, and it’s a week in and I don’t know why that is. It feels very organic to me and I love her,” Paulson revealed about her two characters.

Bette and Dot share a body, but have their own heads, and Paulson revealed that she does not film her scenes with a prosthetic. However, she refused to elaborate on how, exactly, her scenes come to life.

“It’s done in a way that’s never been done before in a sense that no person has played a person with two heads… people have done it with another actress [but] this is a new thing,” Paulson teased.

Paulson also revealed that there are 22 people working on every single shot of her characters, and admitted that it was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.”

As for the season’s big bad, Minear revealed that AHS: Freak Show had tapped John Carroll Lynch (Fargo) to play one of the main villains and promised fans that his character would “scare the s—t out of you.”

Bates was a huge hit at the panel, revealing what it was like to work with creator and showrunner Ryan Murphy.

“After my first scene last week, I got home and couldn’t go to sleep, and then I slept for 30 hours – and that was without drugs! I swear to God, I think he scares the s—t out of me,” Bates told the crowd, laughing.

Bates also told the panel that she would not do terrifying scenes with children, saying, “I wouldn’t want to do any bad scene with children. If there was something abusive with children that was too horrific, that would be it for me.”

American Horror Story: Freak Show will premiere sometime in October on FX, and Minear promised, “It’s the best season so far.”

Olivia Truffaut-Wong


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