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Returning cast members from the previous season of the series include Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Jessica Lange, and Robin Bartlett. Cast members returning since Murder House include Taissa Farmiga, Denis O'Hare, Jamie Brewer and Alexandra Breckenridge. New prominent additions to the cast were Emma Roberts, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Gabourey Sidibe, Patti LuPone, Stevie Nicks and Danny Huston.
Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Jessica Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way.
Jessica Lange was the first actor announced to be remaining in the troupe. Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters were also announced to be joining Jessica for season 3. Kathy Bates, Frances Conroy and Taissa Farmiga were also announced as part of the cast. Ryan Murphy teased actors from season 1 reprising a role for season 3 as well. Later Gabourey Sidibe, Patti LuPone, Angela Bassett, and Emma Roberts were confirmed to have joined the cast. Denis O'Hare, who played Larry Harvey, was also added to the cast of Coven, and Alexandra Breckenridge, Jamie Brewer, Christine Ebersole and Grey Damon were seen in pictures or announced soon after.
The cast was named one of EW's Entertainers of the Year in November 2013.
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