When news broke in 2013 that Lange was leaving after American Horror Story: Freak Show, everyone questioned why the actress would leave. It was a fair question: the franchise continually brought in great ratings and buzz, and Lange's roles on the series earned her not one but two Emmys. Plus, the anthology format meant that there was always a new role to play. Why would an actress step away?
In interviews given around her departure, Lange gave a very simple, relatable reason: TV schedules are a huge commitment,