Ryan Murphy has (finally) offered some clarification on how the upcoming season of American Horror Story, the 7th in the wildly successful anthology series on FX. Fans have been scratching their heads in equal parts shock and confusion since the showrunner announced last February that the theme of Season 7 will be intertwined with the recent US presidential election. First, Murphy said that Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump would not be characters; he later reversed course, stating that Hil and Don will appear in Season 7.
So WTF, right?
Murphy recently offered some serious clarification on exactly how the election relates to American Horror Story Season 7; it was buried in an interview he gave with E! News about his other project on FX, Feud. Here’s what he revealed:
On the 2016 Election and how Clinton and Trump will appear in the show:
“We don’t have actors playing them. You’ll see them on television. The first 10 minutes of the season, this season, takes place in a very eerie macabre way on election night and there’s something terrible that happens in the lives of our characters on election night as they’re watching it all go down. Which in itself was a horror story, so it’s like a horror story upon a horror story.”
On whether fans can look forward to Jessica Lange returning to the series in the conceivable future:
Jessica, we’re always talking about stuff. Jessica, it’s always all about, ‘Well, what is it creatively and how is it interesting?’ Jessica doesn’t care if it’s big or it’s small, she cares if she gets to do something that’s interesting to her at that time. But she and I are obviously very close and we talk all the time and dish the dirt about everything. She’s really the coolest person ever.
AHS Season 7 is set to begin filming next month (provided the production isn’t put on hold due to an impending Writers’ Strike) and fans are hoping for a premiere sometime this fall. Obviously, we’ll keep you posted as additional details emerge.
In the meantime, check out the video below: How Every Season of American Horror Story is Connected.