Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive scoop.

We’re so excited and we just can’t hide it — American Horror Story: Hotel is shaping up to be good. Many of the details have understandably been kept mum but Entertainment Weekly has just given us some new photos and descriptions of the main characters, and we’re already trying to set our DVRs for October 7th when it premieres on FX.

Lady Gaga as as The Countess who owns the Hotel Cortez

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The owner of the titular Hotel Cortez, The Countess is a glamorous but deadly creature who sustains on a healthy diet of sex and blood — she kills with her very fashionable but very sharp chainmail glove. “She’s extremely strong,” explains Gaga. “She’s been through so much. It’s kind of impossible for anything to penetrate her.”

Matt Bomer as Donovan, a male model who’s rather close to The Countess

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Gaga’s lover of 20 years finds himself rebuffed when she meets similarly handsome male model Tristan. Says Bomer, “He’s very interested in domesticity and sort of nesting and hunkering down and having her to himself every now and then, and that doesn’t go over so well with her limitless hunger.”

Kathy Bates as Donovan’s mother

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Donovan’s mother works at the hotel so she can see her son on a daily basis, even though he deplores her. Says Bates, “Iris is overprotective with a capital O, especially now since her son is ill. She wants to be there every day to make sure he’s all right, and she’s very controlling that way.”

Naomi Campbell as a Vogue editor named Claudia

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Campbell plays a Vogue editor who decides to stay at the Cortez and ends up regretting it. “She’s kind of outlandish,” says Campbell. “She thinks she’s indestructible and nothing’s going to hurt her.”

Angela Bassett as film star Ramona Royale

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A film star who used to have a romantic relationship with The Countess, Ramona teams up with Donovan to take revenge on The Countess. Says Bassett, “They are powerful women at opposite sides and at odds with one another, each believing that they’re right.”

Cheyenne Jackson as fashion designer Will Drake

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This fashion designer from New York arrives at the Cortez with his son Lachlan looking for inspiration. “He comes to the hotel and he is going to turn part of it into his atelier and of course he gets sucked up into the Countess,” says Murphy.

Evan Peters as murderous James March

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Like other seasons, AHS: Hotel’s time-frame bounces around, including flashbacks to the murderous Mr. March. “He’s the builder and owner of the hotel from the 1930s, and he is unique,” says Peters. “He’s designed a hotel to cater to his specific needs, which tend toward the dark evil.”

Wes Bentley as LAPD detective John Lowe

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This LAPD detective moves into the Cortez in order to investigate a series of murders perpetrated by the Ten Commandments Killer, who arranges vicitms according to the biblical dictates. His family, including pediatrician wife Alex (Chloe Sevigny), get sucked into the Cortez’ darkness. “He has a family he loves very much but that is sort of falling apart,” says Bentley. “He struggles with a lot of things. It’s clear most of what John struggles with is control.”

Sarah Paulson as junkie Hypodermic Sally

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Another junkie who lives at the Cortez, Sally is one of the more tragic figures found in the halls of the hotel. “She’s selfish,” says Paulson. “She will put a stiletto in your face if it means she can get what she needs. But she’s also like a broken rag doll.”

Max Greenfield as Gabriel, another addict

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The New Girl star plays an addict who checks into the Cortez and has an unforgettable experience. “He’s a Hollywood junkie,” says Greenfield. “Originally, he had a job and was more preppy or business. And Ryan [Murphy] came back and was like, ‘I think we should be more rock and roll.’”

Finn Wittrock as Tristan, another male model

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This male model catches the eye of The Countess at a fashion show at the Cortez. “He’s got an addictive personality,” says Wittrock. “I think he’s hypersexual also. It makes him a prime candidate for the Countess’ charms and he is very willingly seduced and then turned by her.”

Check out more info on the upcoming premiere in this week’s Entertainment Weekly.

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