American Horror Story creators have a big act to follow as they prepare for American Horror Story: Hotel, the fifth installment of the hugely popular series.
From all reports though, American Horror Story 5 should live up to its predecessors. Although series creator, Ryan Murphy and the cast and crew are tight-lipped about details of the season, fans can rest assured Hotel, due to screen in October on FX, will be a thrilling piece in the AHS puzzle.
Wes Bentley Will Return for AHS: Hotel
Perhaps the Top Hat hints littered throughout season 4 were also meant to prepare us for the announcement that Wes Bentley, who played Edward Mordrake in American Horror Story: Freak Show, will return in the next season as a series regular.
While Bentley was not part of the initial casting announcement made at PaleyFest earlier this week, Ryan Murphy tweeted the news of his role in Hotel the next day.
It is unclear what role Bentley will play, but after his terrifying turn as Edward Mordrake at the freak show, we can be certain he can add a certain je ne sais quoi to the next season.
Garden of Allah Hotel Storyline
If avid viewers of AHS are to be believed, clues have been left throughout the series to suggest that the Garden of Allah Hotel could be the setting for American Horror Story season 5.
Jessica Lange's character in AHS: Freak Show, Elsa Mars, was inspired by Marlene Dietrich, the star of a film entitled Garden of Allah that was made in 1936.
Also, when Stanley is on the spiining board and is pleading for his life, he tells Elsa that he knows people in LA, because his brother "works at the Garden of Allah" in Hollywood.
Canny viewers have also noticed that in the bistro scene in the first episode of AHS 4, Elsa also mentions The Garden of Allah (although this is a reference to the film, not the hotel, per se).
While is has not been confirmed as the setting for American Horror Story: Hotel, the Garden of Allah Hotel would provide a brilliant opportunity for creators to explore Hollywood in its heyday and combine the glitz and glamour with the blood and gore viewers have come to love!
Lady Gaga Is Not the Only Exciting Star Confirmed for AHS 5
[White Collar](series:755959) star, and guest star of Murphy's other major hit [Glee](movie:718630) , Matt Bomer been confirmed as the male lead for American Horror Story: Hotel.
While he usually plays a charming heartthrob, Bomer has been in American Horror Story previously, be it only a brief one-episode stint in series 4's Freak Show.
Cheyenne Jackson has also been confirmed as a fresh face for American Horror Story: Hotel.
Just like Bomer, Jackson is no stranger to Ryan Murphy's work - having also guest starred on Glee.
Jackson hasn't been part of American Horror Story before though, and is best known for his work on United 93 and [30 Rock](series:200489) .
Unfortunately, Jessica Lange Won't Be Back for AHS: Hotel
While all of the above factors inspire confidence for AHS: Hotel, the news that Jessica Lange is not returning for the next installment will be met with disappointment by many fans.
Since playing the horrifyingly manipulative Constance Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House, Lange has continued to steal scenes throughout all four seasons.
From playing Sister Jude in 'Asylum', Fiona Goode in 'Coven' to Elsa Mars in 'Freak Show' Jessica Lange has been an important factor in the show's success and will be sorely missed in American Horror Story: Hotel.
But all is not lost! Perhaps, as Lily Rabe did, Lange will return in a further season to help tie together the "rubix cube" Murphy has said he is creating.
What do you think will happen in [American Horror Story](series:206668) season 5? Are you looking forward to seeing Lady Gaga in AHS: Hotel?