‘American Horror Story’ season 2 spoilers: the subtitle is…

In some ways, it’s been rather strange to refer to “American Horror Story” season 2 as simply that, if for no other reason than that the show not exactly a continuation of an original property in the strictest sense. Rather, we are looking at a brand-new story here that happens to contain many of the same qualities of the first season — including the prevailing feeling of terror along with a number of the same cast members including Jessica Lange and Zachary Quinto.

With all of this in mind, it only makes sense that the series would be granted a new subtitle to go along with all of these changes: “American Horror Story: Asylum.” In a statement, here is what executive producer Ryan Murphy — who posted the photo from the set featuring Adam Levine on his Twitter account last week — had to say about the new name:

“When we launched the show last year, we kept quiet about the closed-ended nature of the show because we didn’t want to tip off the audience that the characters were not going to survive … Now that it has been established that each year is a closed-ended story, the time seemed right to reveal what we’re calling the new installment.”

The “Horror” within this upcoming season looks to be coming out more naturally, which only makes sense given that the residents of the Boston insane asylum at the center of this show are going to having all sorts of odd insecurities and fears to begin with. We are also going to be taking a leap back in time to the 1960s, which is an age where fear and paranoia was constantly running high courtesy of the Cold War as well as everything happening with Russia.

Do you think this “Asylum” subtitle is a little too self-indulgent, or do you like the idea of differentiating this show without using the familiar “season 2” label? To find out more about this setting, be sure to read our other story here.

Photo: FX

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