Sarah Paulson’s Lana Winters to Appear in American Horror Story: Roanoke

by John Evans

Ryan Murphy has a surprise for anyone who spent this Halloween wondering to him or herself, “Gee, could American Horror Story: Roanoke get any more messy or convoluted?” In case the jarring transformation of this season from a slow crawling ghost story with some integrity to a Thanksgiving feast of every bad reality show you’ve ever seen wasn’t enough for you, Murphy has announced plans to ramp up the ridiculousness:

You’ve read that correctly. Sarah Paulson, who plays Audrey Tindall (who plays Shelby Miller), will also appear in this season as Lana Winters from Season 2, American Horror Story: Asylum. It’s a good thing Audrey Tindall has a British accent so we will be able to tell who’s who!

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM (Season Premiere, Wednesday, October 17, 10:00 pm e/p) -- Pictured: Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters -- CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

This isn’t the first time that crossovers between the different seasons have occurred. Lady Gaga famously visited Season 1’s Murder House during her run on American Horror Story: Hotel; and there are wild fan theories online about how the series is connected overall. While some fans love the idea of American Horror Story being an interconnected masterpiece, the production process for this series simply doesn’t allow for that level of intertextuality. It has been reported that Murphy has altered the storylines of prior seasons in the middle of them airing due to fan response. The thought that American Horror Story is a pre-planned epic that has been drafted by a master planner is about as legitimate as the thought that George Lucas has always known every beat of his terrible Star Wars prequel trilogy.

Perhaps Murphy liked the two-headed Sarah Paulson in American Horror Story: Freak Show so much that he decided the only thing better would be two full Sarah Paulsons in the same episode! All kidding aside, she’s an amazing actress; and if anyone can handle this kind of challenge, it’s her. But, after all of the recent twists, turns, and questionable decisions, is this really the kind of thing this season needs right now?

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