We've had a slew of creepy little teasers for American Horror Story: Freak Show but now it's finally time for a proper trailer featuring several members of the cast and it's a bloody good one. Edited to include some information from Entertainment Weekly's reveal on plot and character spoilers.
The Bearded Lady: After playing an infamous serial killer in the previous season, Kathy Bates is now taking on the role of bearded lady Ethel Darling and as the trailer shows, she makes sure her standout feature is suitably trimmed at all times too. She will also be something of a right hand woman for Elsa Mars and something of a tragic past as well.
The Strongman: Making his debut into the franchise former, star of The Shield Michael Chiklis (complete with dodgy moustache) is playing a strongman named Dell Toledo and from the various spoilers, we know that he's the ex-husband of Ethel, father and rival of Jimmy and currently the husband to ...
Triplets: Desiree Dupree is the current wife of Wendell and she's also a woman with three breasts as the trailer and promotion poster have shown us recently. I can already tell that following the success of their rivalry as LaLaurie and Marie, that a rivalry between Ethel and Desiree will be on the cards during this season as well.
The Charmer: Having looked at this trailer again, it seems that Jimmy has webbed fingers as he's seducing an unknown female in the freak show. You can also expect a rivalry between Jimmy and Dell Toledo throughout the series.
Two Heads Is Better: I've always been a fan of Sarah Paulson, even to the point where she has become my favourite actor on the show, due to her growing prominence in the series. Having her playing the role of conjoined twins, Bette and Dot Tatler will certainly be a challenge for her but one I imagine she'll clearly excel at nonetheless. Now the question remains - which one is the evil twin?
The Ex-Pat: In what could be her final season, Jessica Lange will be playing the ringleader of this particular Freak Show - German ex-pat, Elsa Mars and she certainly has a commanding presence in the trailer with Jyoti Amge assisting her in the trailer. Elsa has also been described as 'manipulative' but also someone who cares about her crew as well.
The trailer itself focused on those characters but we do know that Denis O'Hare and Emma Roberts will be playing a part of con artists while France Conroy will be playing the mother of Finn Wittrock's character who wants to join the Freak Show. Gabourey Sidibe will playing a socialite whose mother, played by Patti LaBelle goes missing while John Carroll Lynch will be playing villainous clown named Twisty. We also have the titles for the first five episodes - Monsters Among Us, Massacres And Matiness, Edward Mondrake Parts 1 and 2, the titular character of that two parter to be played by American Beauty's Wes Bentley as well as Pink Cupcakes. As for the song used in the trailer - it's called Carousel by Melanie Martinez. Only a month to go now.
Season 4 Extended Trailer: http://www.spoilertv.com/2014/09/american-horror-story-season-4-extended_77.html
Character/Plot Spoilers: http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/09/10/american-horror-story-freak-show-plot/
American Horror Story: Freak Show will air Wednesdays 10pm on FX from October 8th and Tuesdays 10pm on FOXUK from October 21st.