Fans of FX's American Horror Story have spoken and there are five actors most wanted for season 5 of the horror anthology series in the fall.
Earlier in the week, Enstars published a poll for American Horror Story fans to vote on which actors from AHS: Freak Show they wanted to see return for season 5 as a new character. Thousands of votes later, fans have chosen the following actors:
Sarah Paulson has the most votes in total, which is no surprise given how she's become one of the most prominent members of the cast. Her portrayals of Lana Winters in Asylum and Bette and Dot Tattler in Freak Show have brought her much love from the fans, who are hoping to see her return again next season.
In second place is Evan Peters. Debuting as Tate Langdon in the first season of American Horror Story, Peters has always been a favorite with many of the younger teenage girls in the audience. While he has a burgeoning career in movies, he will likely stick around. He is the only male cast member to appear in all four seasons of the show.
In third place is the one and only Jessica Lange. The legendary actress has been the unequivocal star of the show for the past three seasons of American Horror Story, but she announced back in 2013 that she was leaving after Freak Show. Regardless, fans still want to see her give it another go, even if she has a supporting role this time.
Breakout star Finn Wittrock is in fourth place in the poll, which should be no surprise. The actor's portrayal of Dandy Mott was one of the most exciting, unique parts about Freak Show and he gave Peters some competition in the young attractive male department.
The fifth place finisher of the poll is Lily Rabe. The actress had to sit out of most of Freak Show, only returning for one episode to reprise her role of Sister Mary Eunice from Asylum. However, she has created very memorable characters in the past like the Stevie Nicks-obsessed Misty Day in Coven and the aforementioned Mary Eunice. However, she is starring in an upcoming ABC show called The Whispers so if that becomes a breakout hit, that might eat up too much of her time.
Other actors that placed high included Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Frances Conroy, who have had memorable parts of their own over the past few seasons.
Among actors fans don't necessarily want to see for season 5, Michael Chiklis received the least amount of votes, with Danny Huston, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer and Denis O'Hare rounding out the bottom 5. However, they all still received hundreds of votes in the poll, so there are still plenty of fans out there for them.
No official cast members have been confirmed for the next season of American Horror Story, though this will likely happen at PaleyFest in March, which is where Ryan Murphy and company announced much of the cast for Freak Show last year.
American Horror Story season 5 is expected to premiere in October on FX, though the network has not yet announced a specific air date.