Is Sarah Paulson going to be done with American Horror Story for good following this current Double Feature season? Clearly, it’s something that is on the prolific performer’s mind at the moment.
We should start off this article with some context — along with Evan Peters, Paulson is one of the best-known stars of the franchise. While she was not featured in 1984, she’s had some sort of part to play in just about every other season of the franchise. Her part of Karen in Double Feature was not enormous, but it had a tremendous payoff on this past episode.
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In a new interview on Watch What Happens Live! with Andy Cohen, Paulson cast some ambivalence on her future with the franchise with the following quote:
“This is the first time in about three years where I don’t know [what’s coming up next] … I think this is my last season of Horror Story, probably. I mean, I don’t know. Every time he comes to me with some whack-a-doodle-stoodle character, I tend to be like, ‘Yes, let’s do it.’ So, I don’t know.”
One of the simplest reasons why Paulson may be done is her busy schedule — also, what else can she really do on this show that she hasn’t already? We do think we’d love to see her again in a potential final season of the franchise (whenever that is), but American Horror Story was never meant to require any actor to be in every single season — even if we love Paulson and would love for her to be in every one.
Luckily, AHS has built up a great roster of other performers that could step up and have larger roles; there are also people like Macaulay Culkin who recently entered the franchise and could do more down the road.
Would you miss Sarah Paulson if she were to leave American Horror Story?
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