American Horror Story S2 won't just be called American Horror Story

Now that we're all clear on the fact that each season of American Horror Story will have its own closed-ended story (at least, so far), the creators of the hit series want to make things even clearer by applying a subtitle to the show's second year to set it apart from season one. So what's season two's new title?

Series co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy revealed this week that the second season of the show will be called American Horror Story: Asylum. It might not sound like a very original choice, given what we know about the show's new setting, an insane asylum in 1964, but Murphy says the title is about far more than a quick reference for where the terror takes place.

"When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show because we didn't want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive," Murphy said. "Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we're calling the new installment. ... We picked Asylum because it not only describes the setting—an insane asylum run by Jessica Lange's character which was formerly a tuberculosis ward—but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted. This year's theme is about sanity and tackling real-life horrors."

This year's Horror Story cast includes Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell and Joseph Fiennes. The series returns to FX in October.

What do you think? Are you ready to enter the Asylum?

(Via EW)

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