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The cast addition was confirmed by co-creator, Ryan Murphy when he stated, “She is in this [season]." EW and Murphy go on to explain the role:
Pepper is one of the members of the titular group of entertainers, managed by Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange). Explains Murphy, “What Elsa has done for 20 years is she goes around to hospitals and jails and rescues these ‘freak’ circus performers who are going to be shipped away to asylums and she signs the waivers and she becomes their guardians.” This season of AHS takes place in 1952, a good 12 years before the events of Asylum. So Freak Show, according to Murphy, “is sort of like what happened to Pepper before she went to the asylum.”
Murphy also says that the decision was not an easy one, “We thought about it long and hard and we decided that it was interesting to do.”
So are you excited to see the Pepper prequel? It's only right that she's part of the cast! The series premieres on FX on Wednesday, October 8 at 10 p.m. ET.