For me, the most effective horror stories involve an aspect of reality to it; meaning that events that take place within the movie or television show that could occur in real life. This eliminates a lot of paranormal and supernatural phenomena for me, which is fine, because my overactive imagination is able to sleep with ease. It’s probably why American Horror Story has never really brought the “horror” aspect to life (with the exception of Twisty the Clown) until now. In an interview with E! earlier this year, FX president John Landgraf teased:
It actually will be shrouded in super secrecy. Ryan [Murphy] has yet another really innovative idea for how to do something fresh and different with the franchise that audiences haven’t seen before, there’s a marketing hook around that. We know explicitly what the next season is about.
However, Ryan Murphy was a guest on Watch What Happens Live last night where host Andy Cohen casually asked about the theme of the next season of AHS.
“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,” AHS creator Ryan Murphy said. “So I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.”
Additionally, when Cohen asked Murphy directly if there would be a Trump-like character, Murphy responded with an ominous “maybe.”
It would be interesting if the seventh season of AHS covered the elections while American Crime Story covered the aftermath, but it’s already been revealed that the second season of American Crime Story will focus on the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
While an interesting albeit a horrifyingly surreal premise, there’s cause for concern with Murphy’s ability to jump the shark with AHS. The greatest disadvantage Murphy has is that his audience already knows the ending if he presumably follows the results of the 2016 election. Because of that, he’ll have to rely on his storytelling abilities. He’s capable of it as proven by The People vs O.J. Simpson, but not so much in the preceding six seasons of AHS. Couple that with news that, so far, the only returning cast members are Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, it doesn’t bode well for the production which is expected to begin June of this year.