Kathy Bates, welcome back to “American Horror Story”! When FX’s anthology series returns in the fall for Season 8, the award-winning actress will star alongside fellow cast mates Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, producer Ryan Murphy confirmed to Entertainment Weekly. This marks Bates’ fifth season on “AHS” following “Coven,” “Freak Show,” “Hotel” and “Roanoke.” Bates didn’t star in last year’s “Cult” because she was otherwise occupied on Netflix’s “Disjointed,” a comedy that has since been canceled. To celebrate Bates’ return to “AHS,” we want to know which former character YOU think is her best so far. Vote now in our poll below.
“American Horror Story: Coven” (Season 3)
For her debut season on the show, Bates wound up winning an Emmy for playing the devilish Madame Delphine LaLaurie. Over the course of “Coven’s” 13 episodes, LaLaurie tortured her daughters, applied fresh blood to her face, created her own living minotaur, fought off a horde of zombies and ultimately had her head chopped off. But since she was immortal, not even decapitation could kill her.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (Season 4)
Bates portrayed Ethel Darling in “Freak Show,” otherwise known as the bearded lady. Ethel was dealt an emotional blow early in the season when she was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and given only months to live. She tried to make good with her ex-husband (Michael Chiklis) and son (Evan Peters) in her final days, but lost her life while fighting with the owner of the traveling carnival (Jessica Lange).
“American Horror Story: Hotel” (Season 5)
As Iris, the nosy manager of the Hotel Cortez, Bates got to chew up the scenery as a woman who hated that her son (Matt Bomer) was a vampire. Decades later, after Donovan continued rejecting her, Iris tried to commit suicide. However, Donovan wasn’t ready for her to go and so he turned his mother into a vampire. Iris at first refused killing, but soon accepted her animalistic nature after she became physically ill.
“American Horror Story: Roanoke” (Season 6)
Bates essentially played two character in “Roanoke”: an actress named Agnes Mary Winstead and Agnes’ most famous character, The Butcher. In the show-within-the-show, The Butcher terrorized the inhabitants of a New England home by performing ritualistic murders. And in “real life,” Agnes was so obsessed with her character that she soon became convinced she actually was The Butcher.
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