After last year’s AHS: Roanoke turned out to arguably be the best season in series history, creator Ryan Murphy has revealed that this year’s upcoming theme will be the 2016 U.S. Election – yes, you’re reading that right.
In what’s shaping up to be a pretty brilliant turn of events from the AHS team, the show’s seventh season is tackling what might be its most down-to-earth source of American horror yet. Truly though, what contemporary American controversy was more horrifying than the 2016 election? No matter which side of the aisle you prefer, this has been an especially vicious year that’s resulted in an America that’s not been this fragmented in decades.
In a quote from FX CEO John Landgraf, he says:
“AHS confronts our deepest fears with unmatched suspense and style. Each new installment is a cultural event, hotly anticipated for its theme, imagery, cast, and twists. We thank the creators and their team, the cast and everyone who has continued to make AHS such an extraordinary series.”
Murphy recently went on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen to discuss the upcoming season. In their interview, Murphy has neither confirmed nor denied that Donald Trump will be featured as a character in the upcoming season, only saying “maybe.”
There’s almost no doubt in my mind that Murphy would relish the opportunity to portray Trump as a monstrous being, hell-bent on destroying the world – an image of him that many others have adopted either by choice or out of some desperate attempt to comprehend some of his decisions – but there also comes the risk of unleashing the wrath of President Trump himself, who has never taken kindly to portrayals of his behavior in the media and on television shows.
In terms of casting, only series regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have been confirmed, but I’m sure there’s going to be a long list of guest stars that get announced between now and the show’s premiere. There’s no confirmed release date, but fans can expect to get the show in the Fall, as per usual.
It’ll also be interesting to see how Murphy’s American Crime Story – which has already been much more well-received than AHS ever was – will interfere with the production or even the quality of AHS‘ newest batch of episodes.
Until then, we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date on all AHS-related news, and be sure to take a look at the video of Ryan Murphy’s official season 7 announcement on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, which you can find below.