Ryan Murphy Backpedals On American Horror Story 7 Theme

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Ryan Murphy has a ton of projects going on right now. In addition to FX's horror anthology series American Horror Story, he's also working on two seasons of American Crime Story simultaneously, as well as Scream Queens and Feud. With so many balls in the air, it seems perfectly logical and understandable that press opportunities could feature a few missteps or misquotes. In fact, that's exactly what happened when Murphy did a recent appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, where he joked about the theme for American Horror Story's seventh season.

Ryan Murphy recently did a taping of Andy Cohen's late night boozy talkshow Watch What Happen Live on Bravo. It was here that Murphy revealed plans for American Horror Story's seventh season to revolve around the 2016 Presidential Election and feature political figures. And while this was an exciting (albeit bizarre) choice, he's now revealed that he was actually just kidding, saying:

The themes of American Horror Story have always been allegories. You will not see Trump and Clinton as characters on the show.

Well, this seems pretty cut and dry. It looks like the Presidential Candidates won't be present when American Horror Story returns next year. And I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

The revelation that AHS's seventh season won't be a peek into the Presidential Election comes from Indiewire, which had the chance to speak with Murphy after his WWHL appearance. The writer/director/producer also revealed that the libations provided on the talk show (3 martinis in 20 minutes. Yikes!) may have resulted in his joke about Trump and Clinton's inclusion in the series.

And although American Horror Story won't exactly focus on the 2016 Presidential candidates, that isn't to say that the season won't be influenced by the current political climate. The seasons of AHS that are set in the present day always make reference to current events. Coven focused largely on issues of racism and discrimination, as well as the state of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Roanoke became a tale of reality television programming, and the various ugly sides of the business. So it's unlikely that Season 7 will happen without plenty of references to Donald Trump's election.

It should be interesting to see how Ryan Murphy releases information about American Horror Story's seventh season. For the first five seasons, FX released information regarding the season's plot, cast, and setting. But Season 6 threw us for a loop, revealing absolutely nothing before the premiere aired. This made for plenty delightful moments of surprise for the audience, as we truly didn't know who or what could show up in any given episode. Given this success, it would stand to reason that Ryan Murphy would want to keep his cards close to the chest moving forward.

American Horror Story doesn't currently have a release date, but be sure to check back with us at CinemaBlend for updates on the anthology series.

Corey Chichizola
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.