The asylum plot is not a new development for fans. Co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy previously revealed that the Murder House of the first season was out and being replaced by a 1960's institution for the criminally insane.
"We didn't want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive," Murphy said in a statement about the show ultimately being a mini-series. "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."
While season one explored the horrors of infidelity and the loss of a child, "American Horror Story: Asylum" will dive deep into sanity and the "real-life horrors in 1964."
For Murphy, the reason to go with the subtitle "Asylum," is not only because it's the setting of the second series, "but also signifies a place of haven for the unloved and the unwanted."
Season one "American Horror Story" star Jessica Lange is not one of the "unloved" or "unwanted." Lange will be returning to the show as a nun that runs the insane asylum, which Murphy revealed was formerly a tuberculosis ward.
Fellow returning season one stars are Zachary Quinto, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe.
Season two has packed the "Asylum" with some new names to the series, including James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Chris Zylka, Mark Consuelos and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine.