American Horror Story Season 4: New Villain, New Season is ‘Not like first three seasons,’ Says Producer

American Horror Story Season 4 has nabbed a new villain: John Carroll Lynch, who plays a character that will “scare the [expletive] out of you,” the show’s executive producer has said.

Executive producer Tim Minear told The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s not like the first three seasons.”

Returning stars include Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson.

Paulson said she couldn’t reveal too much about the next season of the anthology horror show.

“Bette is my favorite right now, and it’s a week in and I don’t know why that is,” Paulson told the site. “It feels very organic to me and I love her.”

Paulson plays two-headed Siamese twins in the next season.

“It’s done in a way that’s never been done before in a sense that no person has played a person with two heads … people have done it with another actress [but] this is a new thing,” she added.

For her part, Bates said she’s going to explore of “Freak Show” depicted in the next season.

“I remember going to the fair when I was a kid, and I always wanted to go into freak show [but] my parents would never let me,” she said, according to TV Guide. “So it was this mysterious place I never saw when I was growing up.”

The next season is set in Jupiter, Fla., in the 1950s.

FX CEO John Landgraf also talked about the atmosphere of Season 4.

“Some years it’s going to be big and bright and brash and campy the way Coven is. Other years it’s going to be dark and brooding—like Asylum was. I guess I would put Freak Show half-way in between the two. It’s not quite as brooding and formal and Hitchockian as Asylum, it’s got a little bit more humor and a little bit more camp, but its got a brooding period feel to it also,” he told

Season 4 is slated to premiere in October.