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Take A Peek Under The Tent & Meet The Cast Of 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

The freak show is getting nearer, and we finally have a good look at its wild cast of characters.

In new cast photos for "American Horror Story: Freak Show," we meet Jessica Lange's character, Elsa Mars, and her troupe of freaks, along with a handful of others. The only characters missing from this new set of photos are Gabourey Sidibe and Patti LaBelle, the terrifying Twisty the Clown and, of course, Pepper. Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, freaks of all shapes and sizes -- welcome to the freak show:

  • Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars
    The former German cabaret star runs one of the last-standing freak shows in America. She's not purely evil though, since she
    Frank Ockenfels/FX
    The former German cabaret star runs one of the last-standing freak shows in America. She's not purely evil though, since she does care for her performers.
  • Sarah Paulson as Bette and Dot Tattler
    Bette and Dot are just what they seem: conjoined twins with two very different personalities. We have a feeling there's going
    Frank Ockenfels/FX
    Bette and Dot are just what they seem: conjoined twins with two very different personalities. We have a feeling there's going to be lots of head-butting (pun totally not intended).
  • Kathy Bates as Ethel Darling
    She's a woman with a beard! Ethel used to be a circus star in the '20s and '30s, but after having a baby she became a drunk a
    Frank Ockenfels/FX
    She's a woman with a beard! Ethel used to be a circus star in the '20s and '30s, but after having a baby she became a drunk and lost it all. Now she's back for her second chance.
  • Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree
    Desiree has three breasts and she's married to Dell Toledo, Ethel's ex-husband. We don't blame Ethel if she's intimidated.
    Frank Ockenfels/FX
    Desiree has three breasts and she's married to Dell Toledo, Ethel's ex-husband. We don't blame Ethel if she's intimidated.
  • Evan Peters as Jimmy Darling
    Everything seems pretty normal with Jimmy at first, but if you look closer you'll see that he has lobster-like hands. That's
    Frank Ockenfels/FX
    Everything seems pretty normal with Jimmy at first, but if you look closer you'll see that he has lobster-like hands. That's okay though, because he's pretty much the male leader of the troupe (until Dell comes along).
  • Michael Chiklis as Dell Toledo
    He's incredibly strong, his new wife has three breasts, his ex-wife has a beard, his son has lobster hands and he rocks leopa
    Frank Ockenfels/FX
    He's incredibly strong, his new wife has three breasts, his ex-wife has a beard, his son has lobster hands and he rocks leopard print like no man can. Dell Toledo, ladies and gentlemen!
  • Emma Roberts as Maggie Esmerelda
    Maggie Esmerelda sounds like a name for a con artist, and that's exactly what she is. She also has a crystal ball, which is p
    Frank Ockenfels/FX
    Maggie Esmerelda sounds like a name for a con artist, and that's exactly what she is. She also has a crystal ball, which is pretty awesome.
  • Denis O'Hare as Stanley
    Finally we get to see Denis O'Hare's natural face in "AHS," sans burn scars and creepy Spaulding hair! His Stanley is also a
    Frank Ockenfels/FX
    Finally we get to see Denis O'Hare's natural face in "AHS," sans burn scars and creepy Spaulding hair! His Stanley is also a con artist alongside Maggie.
  • Frances Conroy as Gloria Mott
    Who better to portray a wealthy woman than Frances Conroy. (It only makes sense following <a href="http://31.media.tumblr.com
    Frank Ockenfels/FX
    Who better to portray a wealthy woman than Frances Conroy. (It only makes sense following Myrtle Snow's taste in high fashion.)
  • Finn Wittrock as Dandy Mott
    This "AHS" newcomer will play Dandy Mott, son of Gloria Mott, and he really wants to join the freak show.
    Michael Becker/FX
    This "AHS" newcomer will play Dandy Mott, son of Gloria Mott, and he really wants to join the freak show.
  • Wes Bentley as Edward Mordrake
    Based on the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Mordake" target="_blank">famous horror myth</a> of a man with dipro
    Michael Becker/FX
    Based on the famous horror myth of a man with diprosopus, a very rare condition in which parts or all of the face are duplicated on the head, Edward Mordrake is a man with two faces. He'll appear in the season's two-part Halloween episodes, so that alone tells you just how scary this guy will be.


"American Horror Story: Freak Show" premieres Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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