Let's play the name game: Which beloved American Horror Story star has been confirmed to make a return to the series? Yep, that's right, show creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed Jessica Lange, a.k.a. the baddest witch in town will be back at some point in the show's future.
Previously, Lange, who won a Golden Globe and two Emmy Awards for her various roles in the anthology series, had confirmed that American Horror Story: Freak Show would be her last season of the show, telling audiences at PaleyFest:
"Yes, I’m done. We’ve had a great run here. I absolutely love doing these four characters, and in all madness, I love the writers and Ryan and the insanity of shooting it."
However in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, series creator Ryan Murphy has given us Lange fans a reason to believe that the actress will one day return to the series. Speaking about the possibly of a return, Murphy said:
"I’ve been talking to her. It’s always possible. I’m trying to deal with her play schedule. Jessica is always about the character. She’ll be back—she’s not gone forever. But that’s the fun and fresh thing about the show: sometimes somebody has to go away before you realize how much you miss them. She wants to come back we just have to come up with something."
You hear that - she wants to come back! Ryan Murphy, I think I speak on behalf of many of us when I say - you get writing a character worthy of Jessica Lange right this second!
Unfortunately though, it's unlikely that Lange will be spotted in this upcoming season of American Horror Story: Hotel, due to her making a Broadway return. The Academy Award winning actress will appear in a revival of Long Days Journey Into Night, a show being produced by Ryan Murphy.
However, with the hope that American Horror Story might have two seasons in 2016, perhaps there's a possibility that Lange could make it into one of them? Though no doubt any character she plays will have some big shoes to fill - after all, she has played some magnificent characters over the last four seasons:
Constance Langdon in Murder House
In her first role in the series as Constance Langdon, Lange played the next-door neighbor of the Harmon family. Through the season we learn that far from the good neighbor, Constance is actually responsible for murdering her husband, housekeeper Moira, and her son Beau (who she had kept chained in the attic before enlisting Larry Harvey to smother him).
Sister Jude in Asylum
Lange's next AHS role was as Sister Jude (a.k.a. Judy Martin and later Betty Drake). At the beginning of the season she is the strict head nun in charge of admin and discipline at Briarcliff manor, however she soon experiences a massive fall from grace. After being falsely framed for murder, Sister Jude becomes a resident at Briarcliff and endures many of the punishments she herself had previously dished out to patients.
Fiona Goode in Coven
Jessica Lange's role as Supreme Witch Fiona Goode in AHS: Coven is without a doubt my favorite. Always quick with a sassy retort, Fiona lived a life of luxury as the Supreme Witch of the Salem Coven, something which comes crashing down when, throughout the course of the series, her evil deeds catch up with her. After she ultimately relinquishes her status to her daughter Cordelia, Fiona dies at the end of Coven. However, due to Papa Legba claiming her soul, we see that she is destined to live out eternity in her own personal hell: eating catfish with The Axeman, and living in a farmhouse made of knotty pine. Ugh.
Elsa Mars in Freak Show
For Lange's latest role in AHS: Freak Show she played German expat Elsa Mars, the owner and operator of a 1950s freak show. While Elsa makes a loving home for her "monsters," her overwhelming desire to be rich and famous is her undoing. Jealous of Bette and Dot Tattler, and after lashing out at her "monsters," Elsa kills Ethel (in a clever plan devised by the suicidal Ethel), before selling her freak show and setting out to become a star in Hollywood. Eventually, after performing on Halloween, Elsa is taken into the afterlife by Edward Mordrake where she finds true happiness.
American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on October 7th.