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Ryan Murphy Is Giving the 2016 Election the American Horror Story Treatment

Ryan Murphy Is Giving the 2016 Election the 'American Horror Story' Treatment

Ryan Murphy Is Giving the 2016 Election the 'American Horror Story' Treatment

The horror mastermind is bringing our sentiments to life for his upcoming season.


While the world watched the unthinkable occur back in November (i.e. the rise and takeover of a President and his utterly unequipped regime), the show runners at American Horror Story secluded themselves and began plotting the next installment of the FX powerhouse. Almost immediately following the events of the 2016 election, pop culture aficionados all over the country started likening the political climate to that of a Twilight Zone episode, or more popularly, a season of American Horror Story.

The show's creator and mastermind, Ryan Murphy, abruptly revealed his plans for season 7 of the FX anthology on Wednesday, stating it is to revolve around the 2016 presidential election. The announcement came during his appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. While Murphy revealed the grand theme for Horror Story's forthcoming season, the title still remains shrouded in mystery, as he and his team consider their options. 

“I don’t have a title, but the season that we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through,” Murphy said in his interview with Cohen. He was also asked if that meant President Donald Trump would be making an appearance? At this speculative comment, Murphy responded with a "maybe."

This marks the first major plot reveal for season 7 since we left the Roanoke farm house in November's finale. It was also reported that Horror Story and Crime Story staple Sarah Paulson is confirmed to be returning, along with co-star Evan Peters. No other names from the original Lange-era cast have been revealed as returning, but we're likely to see a mix of the original cast as well as Gaga's co-stars showing up for more blood and guts.

Horror Story recently received a renewal for at least two more seasons, extending the bloodlust through nine seasons in total. The creative team announced at PopFest last October that a crossover season of the series is currently in the works, linking characters from Murder House (season 1) and Coven (season 3), “which is very bizarre,” Murphy admitted.

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