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For fans of the twist-heavy American Horror Story, 2016 was a strange anomaly, with co-creator Ryan Murphy keeping the Season 6 theme a big secret from viewers until the premiere was airing. We knew the same thing wouldn't be happening this year with Season 7, and Murphy has actually already come out and revealed what the next batch of episodes will center on: the most recent Presidential election. It's gonna be a big season, guys. It's gonna be yuge! In Murphy's words:
Well, 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. I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.
Few events in my lifetime have made people as publicly polarized as the controversy-soaked 2016 election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, so it's rather strange that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk (and other writers) would jump into a new story for Season 7 that's focused directly on all things politics. Of course, that's admittedly working with the potentially faulty assumption that this new season would be a direct reflection of everything that went down, similar to how American Horror Story has handled real-world crimes in past years, or even how The People v. O.J. Simpson did things.
But once the initial reaction is had one's mind can then begin to understand that Ryan Murphy may be incapable of creating a normalized take on such a giant moment in recent American history. No, I think we're far more likely to get supremely satirical and over-the-top chaos. (That might have been a Coven pun.) While on Watch What Happens Live, Murphy was asked if there would be a Donald Trump character, which got a "Maybe" as his response; I loved how Andy Cohen interrupted himself to ask that question. Knowing how this show handles things, I'm betting BOTH characters will be the absolute worst people, making comparisons irrelevant.
You just know the two party candidates, assuming there are only two, are going to have White House-sized closets filled with skeletons from their respective pasts. (Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters were the first two cast members announced, so I already want them to take the lead roles.) Leaving supernatural business out of it, the horrors could easily be tied to murders and scandals, with a slasher angle worked in. Although since it's naturally connected to the other seasons, supernatural entities will almost definitely appear. And now we can start thinking about which ones. The Butcher? Rubber Suit Man? Papa Legba?
We know now that American Horror Story goes into production in June, which means we'll be seeing the still-untitled Season 7 hitting FX's electoral college at some point this fall. Considering all involved talked up how successful last season went without a midseason hiatus splitting the episodes up, we might well see it creeping up in September again this year. While waiting to hear more, head to our midseason premiere schedule to see what's popping up before the summer months.