2016 Election Set to Be the Theme of American Horror Story Season 7

Posted 2017/02/19 4163 0

Ryan Murphy was unusually forthcoming about the upcoming season of American Horror Story during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday, announcing that the theme of the new season will in fact be the most horrifying imaginable: the 2016 election.


The show’s producer, Ryan Murphy, revealed on Wednesday night that the next installment of FX’s horror anthology will zero in on the 2016 presidential election. During an appearance on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” Murphy said that he’s pulling inspiration from the Nov. 8 election that saw now-President Donald Trump pull off a surprise victory over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Well, I don’t have a title,” Murphy began, “but the season that we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through.” Andy Cohen, seeming a bit stunned, followed up to ask whether that means Donald Trump will be a character, Murphy hesitated before answering maybe. The showrunner didn’t provide any other details about what topics surrounding the election he may cover.

This marks a major shift for the series, which has typically centered on science fiction and supernatural-type themes. It’s easy to argue that delving into the election would make far more sense for another Murphy series, American Crime Story, which highlights real-life events, like the O.J. Simpson trial. But perhaps Murphy wanted to make this seem more far-fetched and less like reality. So we still might see demons, vampires, and other sinister, supernatural characters.

Murphy is already getting political for season 4 of American Crime Story, which will focus on the Monica Lewinsky scandal. But American Horror Story usually plays more coy about the new season’s theme, just look at the many teasers released for season 6, Roanoke, which were a masterful exercise in misdirection. Perhaps Murphy’s revelation was fueled by the news that there’s another miniseries about the election on the way, this one from Zero Dark Thirty writer Mark Boal and producer Megan Ellison. Other shows, like The Good Fight and Mr. Robot, will also tackle various aspects of the election and Trump in office. Back when Trump was first elected in November, multiple showrunners spoke out and confirmed they would use their series, which garner hundreds of thousands or millions of views each week, to create conversation among viewers.

It’s already been confirmed that “AHS” veterans Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will be returning for the next season, which, as Murphy revealed, will begin shooting in June. FX renewed “AHS” through Season 9 in January.