Listen up, pledges. If you don't already watch the horror/comedy show Scream Queens, then you need to find Season One and binge it asap to catch up on ridiculous quotes, like —
All caught up? Good. Now that you've watched Season One through to the end, you'll be pleased to hear that Scream Queens has been renewed for a second season, but what fresh hell has creator Ryan Murphy concocted this time?
Season One ended with the unmasking of the Red Devil killer and the Chanel's imprisonment in a mental institution, but it doesn't look like the girls will be safe for long. The team behind Scream Queens are notoriously cagey about the show, but we've managed to gather enough information to keep even mega-bitch Chanel Oberlin happy for the time being, so read on to uncover the mysteries behind the upcoming sophomore season.
Will Scream Queens Follow An Anthology Format Like American Horror Story?
Ryan Murphy's flagship program American Horror Story rolls the dice at the end of each season, starting afresh with new characters and new settings. The anthology format has worked well for the show up to this point, so Scream Queens was originally designed to follow in the same footsteps, but it's now been confirmed that Season Two will continue the story that we've seen so far, using the same characters in a new setting.
While it's a shame that we won't see the likes of Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis put a fresh spin on new characters, a huge part of Scream Queen's appeal is the absurd cast that Murphy and co have assembled, so we're extremely happy to see Chanel Oberlin and her "idiot hookers" return.
Will Everyone Return For Season Two?
The cast of Scream Queens reunited recently at Paleyfest, where Jamie Lee Curtis announced some exciting news for fans of Season One:
“According to the boss, we’re all going to be back.”
Now that the show won't follow the anthology format that was initially promised, it makes perfect sense that the likes of Emma Roberts and Lea Michele will return to continue the story set up in Season One. Other cast members confirmed to join these idiot hookers include Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourde, Keke Palmer, Glen Powell, and Jamie Lee Curtis — so no Nick. Sorry, guys.
What Will Season Two Be About?
Even the cast members themselves don't know the specifics of the story yet, but producer Brad Fulchuk has revealed that Season Two will be set in a medical school, drawing inspiration from Jamie Lee Curtis's iconic franchise, Halloween.
The last time we saw the Chanel's, they were living quite happily in a mental institution, but somehow, the girls end up in a medical school at the start of Season Two, one that just so happens to be owned now by former Dean, Cathy Munsch.
Curtis discussed the setting in more detail with E! News, explaining:
“I think it’ll be dark. I think it’s going to be very dark. It’s in a hospital, [there’s] a lot of darkness in hospitals—dark hallways, scary rooms, sharp objects, a lot of blood, disinfectants.”
Falchuck added that there will be some parallels to the story arc of Season One, explaining that:
“In this hospital, there’s some funny business going as well. There’s an aspect to this show that involves murder and a killer..."
Dark can be good, but the producers will surely work hard to retain the hilarious banter and ridiculous pop culture references that the likes of Oberlin Chanel love to throw around when things aren't going their way, which is basically all the time, always.
What Will Dean Munsch Do Now?
We know that Dean Munsch is no longer head of the college featured in Season One, but how on earth does she end up running a hospital?
According to producer Falchuk and Curtis herself, Munsch “has moved on to great success” after leaving the college system, travelling the world searching for a new mission in life, which eventually leads to her taking over a hospital.
"She will take on the cases no one else will take and the conditions everyone says are incurable,” said Falchuk, followed by Curtis who immediately added, “And fix the broken system!”
What About The Chanels?
According to Falchuk, "Things have been flipped around,” for the girls in Season Two and we don't just mean their hair.
The Chanels may be used to running the show, well, Chanel Oberlin anyway, but the former students will now live under Dean Munsch's control. Emma Roberts suggests that this will have a serious impact on her character, explaining that:
"I feel like she's gonna get a makeover, but I'm not really sure what that's gonna be... It's [based in a] mental hospital. So, I doubt Chanel is looking as 'Chanel' as we remember her [on the finale]."
Lea Michele, otherwise known as Chanel #6 or Hester Ulrich on the show, has also given us some clues regarding the plot of Season Two. According to the former Glee star, her character will become even more dangerous in the upcoming story arc:
“I don’t know how I can get any darker than I did in season one but hey, whatever Ryan Murphy wants me to do I am totally down with."
What's Happened To The Rest Of The Characters Who Survived?
Keke Palmer's sassy student Zayday will return to the show as one of the few who actually bothered to graduate, training to become a doctor in the hospital that just so happens to house the Chanel girls with Dean Munsch as her mentor.
Niecy Nash will also return as Denise, but not as you remember her. The incompetent yet hilarious security guard has received a serious promotion, becoming a member of the FBI who investigates the inevitable problems in Munsch's hospital.
Any New Additions To The Cast?
Today, news just broke that John Stamos has joined the cast of Scream Queens, ready for Season Two. The Full House star will play Dr. Brock Holt, the hospital’s brilliant, but secretive, head surgeon. Stamos's appearance on the show marks a reunion for him and Ryan Murphy as the two have previously worked together on both Glee and The New Normal.
Falchuk stated previously that three new characters will appear, who he described “stud-ly doctors.” Stamos clearly fits the bill, but we'll let you know when the other two castings have been confirmed.
Congratulations, stupid hippos. You've made it this far, so while we wait for the return of Scream Queens on September 22, we'll reward you with a cute video of Nick Jonas, just because.