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Zoom In on the American Horror Story: Freak Show Poster

Aug 31 2014 - 2:00am

This week was particularly thrilling for American Horror Story [1] fans; we got our first look at the entire cast of Freak Show! The official poster for the upcoming season [2] was released, and there was so much going on that we just had to take a closer look. Once you're done watching all the season's trailers [3], including "Caged," the latest and most unsettling [4], keep scrolling to zoom in on every part of the poster and examine this year's cast of freaks.

Elsa Mars, the Ringleader (Jessica Lange)

We don't know much about Elsa except she's "a German expat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the US."

Bette and Dot Tattler, the Conjoined Twins (Sarah Paulson)

We've seen plenty of these two. In fact, Ryan Murphy tweeted a picture of them [5], in the flesh. But that's about all we know.

Desiree Dupree, the Three-Breasted Woman (Angela Bassett)

We don't know anything about Bassett's character yet, aside from her name. What we do know, though, is that it looks like she's got three boobs here.

Ethel Darling, the Bearded Lady (Kathy Bates)

We didn't know Bates was the bearded lady until we saw the poster! What we've learned since, though, is that she's the ex-wife of the "resident strongman," Wendell del Tolito [6], played by Michael Chiklis, and the mother of Jimmy Darling, played by Evan Peters.

Wendell del Tolito, the Resident Strongman (Michael Chiklis)

Ryan Murphy spoke quite a bit about the strongman [7], so we think he'll play a big part in this season. We do know that he's the ex-husband of Ethel Darling, the Bearded Lady; father of Jimmy Darling; and, reportedly, currently married to Desiree Dupree [8] (Bassett).

Jimmy Darling, the Especially Strong Boy (Evan Peters)

Jimmy Darling is the son of Ethel Darling, the Bearded Lady. Although we haven't gotten any details about him, the poster suggests he's inherited some strength from his father, "resident strongman" Wendell del Tolito.

The Collector of Freaks (Denis O'Hare)

O'Hare's character doesn't have a name, but we learned earlier this year [9] that he's a collector of freaks. Count us in.

Matilda Hapschatt (Frances Conroy)

We know nothing about Conroy's character, except that she exists and looks like this. She looks very similarly dressed to Denis O'Hare's character, though, and we know he's a collector of freaks. Maybe they're in on it together?

This Unusually Giant Man and His Tiny Friend

We haven't heard anything about these two, except that one of them is a veritable giant and one is fairly tiny. Looks like the world's smallest woman, who joined the cast recently [10], will be in good company.

This also seems like an appropriate time to mention those weird acrobat pillars in the background. That's about all there is to say about them: they're weird acrobat pillars.

A Sword-Swallower and a Splitting Lady

We know zero things about this person, except that she swallows swords. Obviously. Also what's the deal with splits lady, huh?

This Caged Woman (Creature?)

We don't know much about this figure crammed into a birdcage or how big of a part she'll play, but she's prominently displayed in "Caged," the show's latest teaser [11]. We're assuming she's in there for a reason.

The Dark Figure, or Possibly the Twisted Clown

Remember that leaked call sheet [12] from a while back? Both a "dark figure" and "twisted clown" are mentioned, and we're assuming this shadow, cast on the side of the tent, has to be one of them. Are you terrified yet?

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