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Ryan Murphy Says Finn Wittrock, Vera Farmiga Returning to American Horror Story

October 18, 2016 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Ryan Murphy spoke with E! Online about what’s to come in American Horror Story: Roanoke which airs Wednesdays on FX. Some highlights are below:

On keeping this season secretive: “It’s been hell! [laughs] And yes, I am amazed that it hasn’t been spoiled. That’s something we worked really closely with [FX President of Marketing] Stephanie Gibbons and [FX President] John Landgraf, because they wanted the marketing of the unknown and the secrecy of it, and we decided to really guard it under lock and key. We used to have a script distribution list of almost 215 people and that got whittled down to four people who weren’t acting on the show. We made everybody sign confidentiality agreements. We X’d things out it scripts. Sometimes certain words were X’d out until the actual take and then the actors were told then, which was fun for them. It was always a great game of suspense of cat and mouse within our production offices that I had with the actors. And I really love that the actors kept in under wraps.”

On whether he’ll be continuing the secrecy moving forward: “Never! [laughs] This was just a secret season. And I love that it paid off, because we took a big risk, and I think it worked and that’s always rewarding. I think this season is really modern and fun and I’ve read people saying and I agree that it’s our scariest season yet, because it’s like season one Murder House in that it feels very real. And what happens from now until the end—it’s just a race to the finish, which is really, a very harrowing and brutal race.”

On who is coming back: “Finn Wittrock is coming back soon, playing his most f–ked-up character of all time. To the point where he was like, ‘This is so crazy that I don’t know that I can do it, but I’ll do it.’ And Taissa Farmiga is coming back for the first time ever since Coven, in I think a really, really great part and we love her. We’re very excited—she’s a part of our world and always will be, and I always wanted her to come back.”

On if Evan Peters is returning: “Oh yes, and it’s probably my favorite thing he’s done. Evan Peters in episode six is one of the greatest, most hilarious things Evan has ever done and he loved it. He’s a very big, pivotal part of episode six, playing a completely different character than what we’ve seen him play. Evan is just the best, I love him.”