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While some fans were wishing American Horror Story’s third season would be subtitled “Salem,” Ryan Murphy announced the actual title at this years Paley Fest. Those same fans will be glad to know they weren’t that far off. American Horror Story Season 3 will be subtitled Coven, affirming what we already guessed: the new season will feature witches. But, in typical Murphy fashion, this won’t be a story exclusive to witches; the new season will, as Season 2 did, introduce more than one horror concept. I still have my fingers crossed for zombies or perhaps a Frankenstein’s monster situation. Heck, I wouldn’t say no to werewolves either.

TVLine reported the series would be going down to New Orleans for part of the filming for Season 3, but would be going to other cities as well. This will be the first time American Horror Story has shot on location. Previous seasons – the murder house and the mental institution – were filmed on sets. Now Murphy can take his show to the real haunted locations of America, taking in the natural spookiness of the country. The story for Season 3 is one Murphy has been thinking about for years, but it’s only now it seems like a good time to tackle it, likely because the show has had time to prove itself.

Returning cast members include Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga. Joining the cast for the first time is Kathy Bates, who is playing “a bad, bad woman.” Bates, who hasn’t quite figured out her character yet, is excited. Her character is said to have lots of scenes with Lange’s glamour cat role, where the two will be at odds. With so many women in the cast, the theme of witches was a no brainer, but I hope there are more major male roles other than whatever Evans winds up playing.