This past week, it was confirmed that Jessica Lange would finally be making her American Horror Story return, despite not being a part of the show since its fourth outing, Freak Show. Fans have been waiting for news of a comeback from Lange ever since she departed the series, and though it looks like we'll only be getting her in a single episode of the upcoming eighth season, it's better than not having her around at all.
To celebrate the good news, we've decided to take a look back at some of Lange's most memorable scenes throughout her AHS run. Whether they come from Murder House, Asylum, Coven or Freak Show, they've all stuck in our mind, making us laugh, cry, ahd shiver in fear.
Now with the opportunity to make even more of an impact in American Horror Story: Apocalypse, we can't wait to see Lange back in action, cementing her legacy as queen of the screen.
Here are Jessica Lange's 7 best moments in American Horror Story to celebrate her return to the show.
7. Life on Mars
She may not be the next Mariah Carey, but seeing Lange take to the stage as Elsa Mars in Freak Show really warmed the cockles of the viewing public. Taking on David Bowie is no easy challenge, but she managed to somehow make his hit classic Life on Mars her own. Those behind-the-scenes even decided to release Lange's version of the track on iTunes after demand from loyal fans, but we're not entirely sure how it fared on the charts...
6. THAT rhetorical question
You know when somebody throws a question out into the universe, but they're not really looking for an answer? That's exactly what Lange's Coven character Fiona Goode did in the show's third season, pretty much declaring herself as somebody you wouldn't wanna mess with! Fortunately for those she was aiming to take down, she was in fact eventually defeated, and dethroned as the Supreme by none other than her daughter; Sarah Paulson's character, Cordelia Foxx.
5. Her chat with Adelaide from the other side
The very first season of AHS was subtitled Murder House, and introduced the world to one of the most beloved characters a show of this sort could produce. Adelaide Langdon (Jamie Brewer) was the neighbour of the Harmon family who moved into the titular home, with dreams to one day become a "pretty girl". The 33-year-old lived with her mother Constance - played by Lange - but audiences were saddened to see her killed in a hit-and-run incident. Though she had many flaws, Constance's love for her daughter was pure, and proven in this heartbreaking scene where she speaks to Adelaide in Heaven, from the other side.
4. Not one to mess with
You're never supposed to really root for Fiona Goode in Coven, but that's hard when there's such a legend playing her! Lange's character proved her power in a scene with both Taissa Farmiga as Zoe Benson, and Emma Roberts as Madison Montgomery. Throwing the youngsters into the walls with just a flick of her hand, she immediately proved why she wasn't somebody to be crossed.
3. A match made in Hell
Elsa Mars and The Axeman would never have worked in the long run, but it was still heartbreaking to see the memories shared between the couple in both their best and worst times. Lange did a brilliant job of making the relationship a compelling one, despite the obvious huge problems that the duo shared. This is perhaps one of the most emotional moments AHS has ever offered, and for that it should be celebrated.
2. Her Murder House monologue
In the show's first ever finale, we saw Constance Langdon (Lange) give an eye-opening monologue that showed exactly what her real intentions were in regards to the chaos happening around her. As the speech got a little darker, Lange's voice would deepen, and eventually we realised exactly what we were dealing with. This was a woman who had planned for much of the misfortune that befell her, in a bid to finally enjoy her time on the silver screen. We were left with our mouths wide open, and Constance with a smile on her face. An impeccable performance.
1. The Name Game
We had to end the list with Lange's brilliant rendition of The Name Game in season 2, Asylum. As Sister Jude Martin, she looked to be completely indestructible and in charge of her future, but when she ended up on the other side of the Briarcliff Mental Institution bars, we saw her mind slowly melt. One of her biggest "trips" came in the midst of the institute's common room, when she imagined a full-on dance routine between her and her fellow residents. It got everybody at home singing, and has entertained since the day it first aired!
American Horror Story: Apocalypse starts later this year on FX in the US and FOX in the UK.
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