I Think ‘American Horror Story’ Was Held Together By Jessica Lange

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With ‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ on the horizon on September 12, it’s hard to forget all the years in which the show thrived. 

And yes, I know people still loved it and watched it after a certain point, but I found myself NOT CARING about the show after the departure of our Evil Queen, Jessica Lange.

Ryan Murphy tried very hard to keep people interested in ‘Hotel,’ ‘Roanoke,’ and ‘Cult,’ but I can honestly say, I just had to Google the name of Season 7 because I seriously don’t care that much about it. Watching the first episode was tortuous at best, and trying to put Sarah Paulson in the place of someone as creepy as Jessica Lange as the main character / the person the story essentially revolves around just doesn’t work for me.

I didn’t even touch ‘Roanoke,’ so for all I know, it could have been good. I’ve been given the synopsis of each, and it didn’t strike my interest to dive in. I’d just as soon watch ‘Asylum’ for the 10th time on Netflix. What are the main factors in all of this, to clear up my point? Jessica Lange left after ‘Freak Show,’ and somehow, that left a gaping hole in the creativity. Sure, Lady Gaga sort of helped for ‘Hotel,’ and she did a great job, but once that was over with, it became a matter of “How do we keep viewers still interested?”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, ‘Cult’ had one of the lowest season openers for the Anthology Series. “On Sept. 5, the show pulled 3.93 million viewers and a 2.02 rating among adults 18 to 49. That number marks a 24 percent drop from the total number of viewers that tuned in to the Sept. 14, 2016, premiere of American Horror Story: Roanoke. In the key demo, the rating dipped by 29 percent.”

What I’m getting at is this: If we return to ‘Murder House,’ and connect it with ‘Coven,’ some of the most loved seasons when asking people which they liked best, chances are, more people are going to be willing to tune in to see what’s next, and what Tate Langdon’s baby turns out to be (rumored to be the Anti-Christ). Especially with Jessica Lange, the OG of AHS on board.


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