American Horror Story To Explore The 2016 US Election In Season 7

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We’ve had murder houses, asylums, witches, and freaks. We have also had vampires and mysterious hotels along with lost colonies and reality TV shows. For six seasons, FX’s American Horror Story has scared the bejeezus out of its viewers throwing at us scenes from our darkest nightmares. So how is season 7 going to follow that up? Well, with politics! What the….?!

Yep that’s right. The seventh season of AHS will be based on the 2016 US election. Now I know for a number of us, the whole campaign, election night, transition, inauguration and then the following 27 days of Trump’s presidency (to date) have been a bit of a horror story, but does it really fit with the vibe of the preceding seasons? I’m not so sure. Surely it will just be used as a springboard.

Appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen yesterday (February 15), series creator Ryan Murphy revealed the season 7 theme: “Well 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. So I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.”

With Donald Trump playing a massive role in that story, Murphy was asked whether Trump would pop up as a character in the season. In typical Murphy fashion, he replied, “Maybe.”

While AHS has its roster of excellent talent, to date only Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters have been announced for this season. Could Paulson be adding a Hillary Clinton or Kellyanne Conway-type character to her iconic roles? Peters for Pence? Unlikely though it sounds good.

Whatever supernatural/paranormal/horror spin they put on the events, it might go a long way to explaining how we’ve got where we are now.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. In addition to 4YE, she has previously worked at PopWrapped as a Managing Editor and the UK's Kennel Gazette as an Editorial Assistant. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works promoting and advocating for the Arts, Social Science and Humanities sector in Australia and New Zealand. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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