Though American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy says that Jessica Lange is forever intending on leaving the show — only to be drawn back by the next season — the 64-year-old two-time Oscar winner assures fans that Season 4 will be her last.
"I’ll do one more season … That’ll be it," she tells BuzzFeed in a new interview.
It'll be the end of an era for the anthology show, which has so far seen Jessica play three different characters in three different locales and time periods — murderess Constance Langdon in contemporary Los Angeles for Season 1, dubbed Murder House; sadistic nun Sister Jude in 1960s New England for Season 2, Asylum; and "Supreme" witch Fiona Goode who makes her way back to New Orleans for Season 3, Coven, which is currently airing on FX.
But it will be the end of a glorious chapter for Jessica, too — as the various AHS roles have earned her widespread critical praise, an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award.
In the meantime, however, she still has Season 4 to film and Season 3 to promote! Jessica tells BuzzFeed to not get too used to the lighter tone we've seen on Coven so far.
"I think Ryan was maybe even surprised by how fast and how dark it got last year. Of course, that’s right up my alley … But I think this season was a deliberate attempt to lighten it and add some humor … It’s going to change really fast. [Laughs.] It’s only going to get darker. We’re going to move into territory that’s much more interesting to play than these first few episodes."
Looking forward to it, J.L.!
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