'American Horror Story: Freak Show': Watch the First Real Trailer

Kathy Bates is the Bearded Lady and so much more
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It has arrived: The first real trailer for American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Following scores of cryptic teasers including super creepy clowns, FX released the first extended teaser for season four of the anthology series from Glee co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

The extended trailer, dubbed "Voyeur," offers the first footage inside the big tent with not a single clown in sight.

Season four starts in Florida, circa 1952, and centers on a "troupe of curiosities" that arrives at the same time that a dark entity emerges, threatening the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. From the official description: "This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amid the dying world of the American carny experience."

Jessica Lange stars as Elsa Mars, a German expat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country. Emma Roberts is set as Maggie; Sarah Paulson is Bette and Dot Tattler; Kathy Bates is the bearded lady, Effil Darling; Michael Chiklis is strong man Wendell Del Toredo; Angela Bassett is the three-breasted Desiree Dupree; and Evan Peters is Jimmy Darling.

Frances Conroy and Gabourey Sidibe will also return to the cast, which includes newcomers Wes Bentley, Fargo's John Carroll Lynch as the central villain and The Normal Heart's Finn Wittrock as well as the world's smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge. Patti LaBelle will appear in a four-episode arc, with Matt Bomer set for a guest stint. Murphy will direct the pilot, marking the first time he's helmed an episode since the series debut.

Check out the trailer, below, and hit the comments with your thoughts. AHS: Freak Show debuts Oct. 8 on FX.

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