Last week we saw some set photos from American Horror Story: Hotel featuring Lady Gaga’s Countess [see here], and now the first official images from the fifth season of the anthology horror series have arrived online,
Thanks to EW, we’ve also got a few plot and character details:
Built in 1930 by the rich and charming but deeply psychotic James March (Evan Peters), the beautiful art-deco hotel is, in actuality, a labyrinthine structure built to hide March’s murderous activities (think dead ends, secret rooms, endless shafts). In present day, though, the Cortez is acquired by Gaga’s Countess, a glamorous socialite who attends art openings and fashion shows and maintains her looks not from a steady diet of kale but from imbibing human blood. The Countess is also insatiable when it comes to love and sex, which sets up a macabre love triangle between her, the similarly blood-hungry Donovan (Matt Bomer) and the newly turned male model Tristan (Finn Wittrock).
Also gravitating around the world of the Cortez are Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett), an actress/former lover of The Countess’ seeking revenge; Iris (Kathy Bates), Donovan’s mother and the front desk clerk; Liz Taylor (Denis O’Hare), a cross-dresser nicknamed by The Countess; Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson), a junkie and friend of The Countess; Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley), a cop investigating a murderer named the Ten Commandments Killer; and The Addiction Demon, a creature in the vein of Rubberman or Bloodyface, who has no eyes or mouth but does wield a nasty, conical drillbit dildo.
American Horror Story: Hotel is set to get underway on October 7th, with a cast that includes Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Chloe Sevigny, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Lady Gaga, Max Greenfield, Finn Wittrock, Denis O’Hare, Naomi Campbell, Madchen Amick and Darren Criss.