your first look at the 'american horror story: hotel' characters in costume

+ some serious season details

Photo courtesy of FX, 'Entertainment Weekly'

Historically speaking, American Horror Story has kept a tight lid on its upcoming seasons, clouding them in mystery and speculation. But for the series' latest installment, Hotel, creator Ryan Murphy and the cast, which—if you somehow didn't already know, includes Lady Gaga and Naomi Campbell—have done precisely the opposite, revealing character names and details. Now, instead of just dropping hidden clues, they're going so far as to share photos of the entire cast in costume, and reveal an inter-series connection. 

Last year, Murphy told Entertainment Weekly that all of the series will connect in some way. “We’re just beginning to tell you how they’re connected," he said. "They’re all very separate, but there’s clues every season that we’re now telling you how the different worlds are intertwined.” Now, in the publication's latest issue, Murphy says, “We do go to the Murder House for one episode." In addition to the visit, Marcy, the realtor from season one, appears in Hotel, acting as Hotel Cortez's agent. 

Get ready for a whole, new slew of conspiracy theories, and then click through the gallery to find out about the season's characters.