If you thought Ryan Murphy was going to be forthcoming about Season 7 of American Horror Story, we have some good news and some bad news. Starting with FX's TCA winter press session, he and CEO John Landgraf were generous enough to start dropping breadcrumbs. But -- big but -- these are the kinds of crumbs that couldn't feed Pizza Rat, let alone the most unfazed AHS fan.
Nonetheless, here's everything we know about AHS Season 7 so far, a compendium we'll update as Murphy and his troupe release more info.
Two AHS favorites will return
As of now, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson are the only two stock players that have signed on -- roles unknown. Roanoke notably had Paulson doing double duty, stealing much of the spotlight as a tortured homeowner in a haunting reenactment and then as that reenactress' off-screen persona in a real-life return to terror. As far as screen time, Peters was less fortunate, appearing briefly to frighten fans before meeting an unbelievably bloody demise. (Here's hoping we won't have to play "Where's Evan Peters?" again.)
Other cast details are under wraps, but don't be surprised if you see familiar Season 4 faces this fall. "We will be going back to some Freak Show characters, deeper histories, and mythologies," Murphy told EW last year. "So we're sort of still exploring Season 4 in Season 7."
Expect something current
"It's a modern-day story," Murphy told reporters at TCA. Landgraf said the upcoming cycle would be "shrouded in super secrecy," adding that Murphy "has yet another really innovative idea for how to do something fresh and different with the franchise that audiences haven’t seen before, and there’s a marketing promotional hook around that." (Don't worry: Murphy already promised that Season 7's lead-up won't be as obnoxious as Season 6's.)
Things could get Trumpy
During a mid-February stop to Watch What Happens Live, Murphy told host Andy Cohen that he didn'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." When asked if a Trump character would appear, Murphy said, "Maybe."
Unfortunately, Murphy walked that tease back a few days later, explaining at a Publicists Guild Awards luncheon in Beverly Hills that the 2016 election would only be addressed loosely. Not literally. "The themes of American Horror Story have always been allegories," he said. "You will not see [Donald] Trump and [Hillary] Clinton as characters on the show."
"[The election is] our jumping off point. It is about the election we just went through and what happened on that night and the fallout of that night, which to many people, from all sides of the camps is a horror story," he later told E! News. "It starts on election night is all I'll say."
When reporters at TCA asked if any of the red-herring visuals used to tease Season 6 could come into play for Season 7, Landgraf, impossibly trained press turkey that he is, opted not to give a hard NO. "You'll have to ask Ryan Murphy that," he replied -- a potential red flag, as reporters have noted that the network chief knows "explicitly what the seventh season is about."
AHS fans and recappers have long wondered if the "Sweet Dreams" vignette above and an accident involving a large model ship from Season 6 could portend something sea-related. When EW asked Murphy to tease his anthology's next installment last year, he simply called it another "narratively strange idea," one that would shake things up. "I've already started to call people saying, 'Put this on your calendar,'" he said. "It's a good one."
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