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American Horror Story to have an entirely different plot and cast next season

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What did we all think of last night's season finale of American Horror Story? Personally — spoilers definitely to follow — I thought it was a mixed bag of actually good moments and hilariously bad ones, much like the series itself. I loved the idea of the now ghostly Harmon family uniting to keep other innocent (more or less) families out of the house, though I would have preferred a slow build. (And I don't know what was going on with the goofy expressions on Ben and Viv's faces when they fake murdered each other.) I literally guffawed when we saw what is surely a heartwarming classic in the making, A Very American Horror Story Christmas. And while Jessica Lange was as crazy fun as ever, the less said about her Omen--rip-off grandson the better.

If you too groaned at the idea of spending season two with faux-Damian and the Murder House (ghost pop. 1,443), good news: Ryan Murphy has somehow — really, it's a Christmas miracle — made the reasonable choice to come up with a whole new haunting for the show's return:

“The next year of the show – every season of the show – will be a different haunting,” Mr. Murphy said in a conference call with reporters. “So what you saw in the finale was the end of the Harmon house, and the second season of the show will be a brand new home or building to haunt.” He added: “Just like this year, every season of the show will have a beginning, a middle and an end.”

Some people guessed this much when the actual mansion used for the exterior of the house went up for sale, but now we have it right from the creator's mouth, and I couldn't be more relieved. While I'm wary about the idea of always sticking to a haunted building of some kind — seriously, there are so many traditional American horror tropes to explore — I'm excited to see what new kinds of insanity (and nudity) Murphy will come up with given a totally blank slate.