One was a terrifying haunted house tale that established "American Horror Story" as a legitimate TV horror franchise. The other was a campy narrative about a school for young witches that owed a debt to "True Blood" and "Harry Potter."
Now "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy says not only will his show revisit "Murder House" and "Coven," but the two distinct seasons in the horror anthology will be mashed together in a future season.
"We do know what we're going to do," Murphy told an audience at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest. "It's not going to be next season, but we are going to do a season that's a crossover between Murder House and Coven together, which is very bizarre."
"Murder House," the anthology's first season, told the story of Dr. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott), a psychologist trying to mend his marriage and save his family after he cheated on his wife, Vivien, played by "Friday Night Lights" star Connie Britton. Along with their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) they move to a new house to start over as a family, unaware of its violent past and the fact that all its previous owners died in horrific ways.
"Coven," the show's third season, centers around Miss Robichaux's Academy for girls in New Orleans, which is secretly a school for young witches learning to harness and control their powers. Headliners Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson returned for prominent roles, joined by franchise newcomers Gabourey Sidibe and Kathy Bates.
Both seasons were well received by critics, and Murphy says he's been recruiting cast members to reprise their roles.
“I’ve [already] started going to actors from both of the seasons, quietly, saying, ‘I think in this window, if you could fit us in,’” Murphy said. “So yeah, it’s fun. It’s weird.”