Cocreator Ryan Murphy has his favorite actors — Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Jessica Lange and Angela Bassett, to name a few — which means the same performers often appear across seasons as different characters.
There are also the times when one actor will play multiple roles during one season. Paulson, for example, played Cordelia Goode, Billie Dean Howard and Wilhemina Venable over the course of Apocalypse‘s 10 episodes. It’s a lot for fans to keep up with, especially now that seasons have started to crossover and the show has spawned a spinoff called American Horror Stories.
Keep scrolling for a guide to who’s played which characters on American Horror Story: