Zachary Quinto, Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe return in American Horror Story Season 2. Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange will play their same characters while Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lily Rabe will play new characters on the second season of American Horror Story. These are not the only changes to occur next season. Season 2 of American Horror Story will
shift from the creepy Los Angeles haunted mansion to an East Coast “horror institution,” with SAG and Golden Globe award winner Jessica Lange (who co-starred as the all-knowing nosy next door neighbor Constance) and Zachary Quinto (who recurred as a ghost trapped in the house) previously confirmed to return.
The parts Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe played in the first season of American Horror Story:
Peters co-starred as a mass-murderer-turned-ghost stuck in the house Tate Langdon, while Paulson had a more limited run as medium Billie Dean — who in the penultimate “Birth” episode explained to Violet (Farmiga) that the house had a paramagnetic grip — like a battery, with negative energy that feeds on trauma and draws things to it. Rabe played Nora Montgomery, one of the original owners of the house at the center of the series.
About the first season of American Horror Story (spoilers):
The first season follows the Harmon family: Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), who move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien gives birth to a stillborn baby and Ben has an affair with Hayden (Kate Mara), one of his students. The family moves to a restored mansion, unaware that the house is haunted. Ben and Vivien try to rekindle their relationship, as Violet, suffering from depression, finds comfort with Tate Langdon (Evan Peters), one of Ben’s new patients. Neighbor Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) and disfigured Larry Harvey (Denis O’Hare) routinely and frequently affect the Harmons’ lives. The Harmons’ lives are further complicated when Hayden comes to L.A. in an attempt to win Ben’s love and is subsequently murdered, and Vivien has sex with a costumed man, later revealed to be Tate, whom she believes to be Ben. She ends up pregnant with twins, one fathered by each man. Several ghosts in the house, including Tate and Hayden, conspire to get their hands on the babies and raise them as their own. Violet commits suicide. Vivien gives birth to the twins in the house, but dies during labor. The first twin dies moments after birth, but the second one lives. Vivien’s and Violet’s ghosts urge Ben to flee the house. In so doing, Ben is confronted by Hayden who murders him by forcibly hanging him. Upon finding Ben’s body, Constance abducts the baby. The series then jumps ahead three years to reveal that Constance has continued to raise her grandson Michael in secrecy. She discovers, however, that he has violently murdered his nanny.