It would seem that the rumors are true and Jessica Lange truly is open to a return to American Horror Story. She anchored the show with flawed, sinister characters for four seasons, leading to an apparent retirement ahead of this upcoming season featuring Lady Gaga. It seemed odd, but understandable that the actress would want to move on, but the idea that she was finished for good seemed a bit too much.
Lange is on record as saying she would return for a smaller role because she enjoyed her collaboration with Ryan Murphy so much, and apparently Murphy has been in touch. The creator told Entertainment Weekly that he’s been in talks with the actress for a possible role:
“I’ve been talking to her,” admits Murphy. “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.”
With the possibility of two seasons of American Horror Story in this next round, the chances of seeing Lange in a role seem pretty high. And with Hotel taking place in the same relative time period and location as season one — with an appearance by the Murder House — could we also see the return of Constance Langdon and the demon spawn she was raising? I don’t see why not, and she’s certainly a memorable character to bring back. It wouldn’t be odd given the outcomes of last season and its connections to the Asylum in season two.
So, more Lange in American Horror Story? Not a bad idea. What needs to be fixed is the storylines that seem to go nowhere or manage to turn meaningless before the show’s end (we miss you, Twisty The Clown).