This morning Lady Gaga announced some big American Horror Story news. First, she will be joining the cast of the fifth season of Ryan Murphy’s genre-bending anthology series premiering this October on FX. She also announced the subtitle Hotel.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 25, 2015
Most fans had theorized that based on their impression of “clues” from Freak Show that the fifth season would revolve around aliens or government nuclear testing carried out during Operation: Top Hat.
I would also argue that a season hasn’t fully revolved around one central topic since Murder House. A major criticism of the groundbreaking genre series is that it can go off topic quite quickly. While Asylum did mostly take place in a Catholic run mental institution, it also incorporated a serial killer, aliens, zombies, Nazi doctors, demonic possession and more! Coven stayed mostly on track when it came to a central theme but this year’s Freak Show veered off into straight up murder, musical numbers, killer clowns, ghosts, a killer Dandy and ultimately, I would argue, failed to pay most of it off. Seriously, why give Dandy the Twisty mask and then abandon that a few episodes in? It makes no sense! I did like the Edward Mordrake arc, though. Let’s give credit where credit is due.
The other thing I want to say as a fan of AHS from the first second that it aired is that I was really hoping that with the creation of Scream Queens, Murphy’s upcoming horror anthology show that is supposed to be comedic in tone, American Horror Story would go back to more of its true horror roots. Sure, Murder House had flashes of trashiness with some old school Hollywood glamour thrown in for good measure, and there were a handful of characters who were slightly campy. However, at its core, Murder House was a very dark, scary, twisted ghost story. It was real horror on television. Now, with the announcement of Lady Gaga joining the cast, and considering the way that she announced joining the cast, it looks like the more mainstream genre-light track AHS has been on over the last few seasons will continue. I think that’s too bad considering I would have loved to see Gaga as an eccentric, over-the-top RA on Scream Queens making Ariana Grande’s life a living hell instead of seeing her on American Horror Story.
With all of its stunt casting, I just can’t take the show seriously anymore! Freak Show had Malcolm Jamal Warner show up to hold Angela Bassett’s hand and that’s it? Patti LaBelle is cast to dress up as a maid, say a few sassy lines to Finn Wittrock, and then die with no pay off? Per usual, there’s just too much going on with American Horror Story. Then again, AHS: Hotel might just be the perfect solution to the “too much at once” problem since guests naturally come and go to a home away from home, presumably to do their dirty work, and then leave. Maybe it will be the season of AHS that actually works the best!
What do you think, AHS fans? Are you excited for Gaga to join the cast? How about the idea of the fifth season taking place at a hotel? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!