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Everything You Need To Know About "American Horror Story: Hotel"

Lily Rabe is playing Aileen Wuornos, the serial killer previously played by Charlize Theron in her Oscar winning Monster role.

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Creator/writer/executive producer Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, actors Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, Chloe Sevigny, Denis O'Hare, Cheyenne Jackson, and Finn Wittrock onstage during the AHS: Hotel panel discussion at the 2015 Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Since it was announced in February that Lady Gaga would be starring in the fifth season of American Horror Story, subtitled Hotel, we've learned bits and pieces about what to expect — mostly castings.

But at the American Horror Story and Scream Queens Comic-Con panel in July and American Horror Story: Hotel panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in August, creator Ryan Murphy, exeucutive producer Brad Falchuk, and many of the show's stars were more revealing than ever.

So here's what we know about AHS: Hotel so far...

While Ryan Murphy is clearly a fan of Lady Gaga, it was actually the singer's idea to join the fifth season — and it was also her idea to play an evil character. "You came to the right place," Murphy told Gaga after accepting her offer.

Her character, Elizabeth, the owner of the eponymous hotel, "has a nefarious plan" that's revealed in the first episode, Murphy said at TCA. She's "a social doyenne consumed with art and fashion and people" and she has relationships with Matt Bomer's, Angela Bassett's, and Cheyenne Jackson's characters.

After years on Glee and injecting musical numbers into AHS: Freak Show, Murphy stressed that Hotel would be 100% performance-free.

"I've never played a bad guy. I'm very [excited]," Emmy nominee Paulson said of her fifth AHS character. "I think what I'm going to do is try to bring Jessica Lange to the show without her being here by just borrowing all her moves."

Sally lives in the hotel, has a "budding something" with Wes Bentley's character, and she and Bates' character "hate each other in an ancient way," Paulson said at TCA.

After being murdered in his underwear in Freak Show — "quite the initiation," he said — Bomer will play Donovan, the male lead of Hotel. It's an opportunity that he has a myriad of emotions about given he's been a fan of the show since Season 1.

"I'm really excited and scared," he said. "These are all bucket list actors I've wanted to work with for so long. Gotta bring your game, baby. Gotta come correct."

And at TCA, Bomer said Donovan has "very interesting relationships with the ladyfolk in his life."

6. In addition to Gaga, Cheyenne Jackson and Max Greenfield are joining Hotel as two more newcomers to AHS.

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Bomer (left) and Jackson at PaleyFest's American Horror Story: Freak Show panel, March 2015.

Jackson — who previously worked with Murphy on Gleesaid in March that AHS is his "absolute favorite show. It's the best acting on television. It's the most exciting television." We don't know who he'll be playing yet, but we do know that New Girl's Greenfield will be checking in — "but not checking out" — of Hotel as well.

His character Will Drake moves from New York to Los Angeles. "He's trying to creatively reestablish himself," Jackson said at TCA. "He's a father and a little desperate."

Bentley's character is a detective investigating the murders at the hotel, but he and Alex, a doctor, "are dealing with a great loss in our family and coming to grips with that among other things," Sevigny teased at TCA.

Not the actual icon, but one inspired by "Butterfield" and "Cleopatra." "I shaved my head for the part — and other body parts," O'Hare said at TCA. "I work in the hotel and the lounge called Blue Parrot Lounge."

And he will have something to do with Room 64.

Iris runs the hotel where all the action takes place and does crossword puzzles in her spare time.

Ramona will be "making a lot of trouble with Gaga in the ballroom." The "sexy, druggy actress," as Bassett explained at TCA, doesn't live at the hotel, but visits (presumably Gaga's Elizabeth) often.

"I'm playing a male model named Tristan Duffy always looking for the next high, and he finds the biggest high in Lady Gaga," Wittrock said at TCA. "We have a lot to do together."

14. Lily Rabe will play a serial killer.

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As previously reported by EW, Rabe was in talks to play "a famous murderer who has stayed at the titular hotel" and Murphy finally revealed exactly who that would be.

"We're doing a two-part, well, we always do a two-part Halloween episode, but our Halloween episode this year is called 'Devil's Night,'" said Murphy at TCA (via The Los Angeles Times). "I'm directing it because I love the script so much, when we finished it I said, 'I can't give this to anybody else.' Lily Rabe is coming to that episode. And she's playing Aileen Wuornos, which is really fun and bizarre. I don't want to give too much away but I will tell you that she's at the centerpiece of that, and that's who she's playing."

"You will see people from various seasons check into the hotel," Murphy said at TCA, teasing that those returns will begin in Episode 6. "People that you have known from other seasons." Falchuk added, "There are some big ones" returning.

As fans saw during Freak Show, which brought back Pepper (Naomi Grossman) and Sister Mary Eunice (Rabe), all the seasons are connected in some way. "We have a long-term plan with this show," Murphy said at Comic-Con, adding that everything will make sense by the end of the series.

17. According to this Instagram Lady Gaga posted, the season premiere will be titled "Checking In."

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American Horror Story: Hotel — which Paulson called "a doozy of a season" — will premiere this October on FX.

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