In this evening’s Tricks and Treats episode of American Horror Story, Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto will be returning, but not as ghost Chad Warwick.
“No, there’s no ghosts this year,” said Quinto. “And all of us that are coming back to the show from last season are playing totally different characters, which is one of the most appealing aspects of this season for me. To be able to explore totally different landscapes with these characters is really exciting.”
Quinto will instead be playing a psychiatrist at the Briar Cliff Sanitarium. “[The psychiatrist] comes in to evaluate one of the patients there and right off the bat has a bit of a conflict with Jessica Lange’s character and the institution as it’s established there,” said Quinto. “And that’s the point of entry for my character, and things go crazy from there.”
“When we meet him he’s incredibly thoughtful, I would say, compassionate,” said Quinto. “He’s definitely very different from stuff I’ve played in the past in terms of the ground under his feet. And that’s something that’s really cool for me. This is a world, although supernatural things happen in it, this character is much more grounded in reality than, for example, the character I played on Heroes or Star Trek. So I prefer the simplicity of this character. For me, it’s really attractive. Of course, it’s only an illusion, I think, that will go many different places as the season unfolds.”
American Horror Story airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on FX.