'American Horror Story' Season 7 Will Focus on the Nightmarish 2016 Election

Published On 02/16/2017 Published On 02/16/2017
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Since political news has become scarier than ghosts and ghouls, nobody should've been surprised when TV producer Ryan Murphy used a Wednesday night Watch What Happens Live visit to make a very fitting American Horror Story Season 7 announcement.

"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," said the show's co-creator, who looked like he had been up for 72 hours straight, visibly haunted by the thought of having to read the front page of The New York Times another time this week. "I think that will be interesting for a lot of people."

The update came roughly one month after FX's TCA winter press session, where CEO John Landgraf said Season 7 would be "shrouded in super secrecy." At the time, Murphy echoed the exec's sentiments, only adding that plot details wouldn't be withheld as long as those from Season 6, whose theme remained a mystery until the eleventh hour.

But, as Vanity Fair pointed out, Murphy might have had to publicize the presidential theme prematurely this week thanks to reports Tuesday about Mark Boal and Megan Ellison's plans to tackle the 2016 election with their own political project. The writer stayed tight-lipped about other reveals Wednesday night, giving flabbergasted host Andy Cohen a "maybe" when asked if there would be a Trump character and not even addressing whether there would be an episode devoted to the horror of CNN's daily push notifications.

Update: All that sound too good to be true? At a Publicists Guild Awards luncheon in Beverly Hills, Murphy clarified his remarks, saying that the 2016 election would 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 showrunner added that he had had "three martinis in 20 minutes" before his Watch What Happens Live appearance. Cut him some slack.

For more on AHS's next cycle, set to feature Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and hopefully Melissa McCarthy behind some sort of podium, head here.

[H/T L.A. Times]

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Sean Fitz-Gerald is a staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment. Find him on Twitter: @srkfitzgerald.



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