If we are to believe perennial man of mystery, Ryan Murphy, then American Horror Story fans won’t be waiting until the season premiere to find out what the theme is this time around. According to Murphy himself last night on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, the seventh season of FX’s hit horror series will center around the 2016 presidential race.
“I don’t have a title, but the season we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through,” he told a visibly surprised Andy Cohen. “So I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.” When Cohen asked Murphy about the inclusion of a Donald Trump character, Murphy coyly replied, “Maybe!”
Perhaps the most popular joke made on the internet throughout the election was that we were living in a real-life American Horror Story. With the new theme being announced, it’s safe to say that Ryan Murphy agrees with that sentiment.
In a way, Murphy’s announcement isn’t so surprising. American Horror Story, if nothing else, takes a lot of risks as a series; pushing the envelope and breaking new ground. What’s more risky than a stark departure from the previous themes? The seventh season will ideally fictionalize aspects of the election and combine elements of horror (If they recreate the horrifying Bowling Green Massacre, I’ll lose my shit), though there is undeniably enough material for the FX series to play it straight. Only time will tell.
The only two cast members confirmed for the new season thus far are Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, but that’s likely to change soon. Which recurring AHS cast members would you like to see return for the election theme? Who would you like to see them play? Are you on board with Murphy’s announcement? Sound off in the comments!