This season is about oppression. Zoe Benson, a young woman who unexpectedly discovers that she possesses a dangerous supernatural ability. She's sent to the special Louisiana school which is run by Headmistress Cordelia Foxx
This season takes place in 1964 and follows the patients, doctors, and nuns who occupy the Briarcliff Mental Institution, located in Massachusetts and founded to treat and house the criminally insane. The wardens who run the institution include the stern Sister Jude her protégé Sister Mary Eunice and the founder of the institution, Monsignor Timothy Howard.
In this season, the Harmon family, consisting of psychiatrist Ben (Dylan McDermott), his wife Vivien (Connie Britton), and their teenage daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga), move from Boston to Los Angeles after Vivien has a miscarriage and Ben had an affair.