American Horror Story Season 7 Theme Is 2016 Election, Ryan Murphy Reveals

Many consider the 2016 election a real American horror story, and now it’s going to be a real American Horror Story.

“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,” series creator Ryan Murphy revealed on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live Wednesday. “I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.”

When host Andy Cohen asked whether President Donald Trump will be a character in the season, Murphy replied, “Maybe.”

The news fits what Murphy previously told reporters about the upcoming season: that it would be a “modern-day” story. He added that AHS staples Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are already signed on.

At the recent Television Critics Association winter press tour, FX Network CEO John Landgraf said of the new AHS season: “Ryan has another really innovative idea to do something fresh and different. There’s a marketing and promotional hook around that.”

That’s all Murphy said about what’s to come, but that’s plenty to get the casting speculation machine going. So hit the comments with your thoughts on who should play whom!

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  1. GTFO of here! 😂 there is no freaking way thats true. Who the hell would want to watch that? And that’s coming from a fan of every season so far. I’m sure this is just some sick joke LOL

  2. Brian says:

    Please let him be joking.

  3. ScottJ says:

    Sorry Ryan. but Braindead has already been done.

  4. Tyler says:

    He had too many yes men around him. Someone needs to stop him and soon.
    This. Sounds. Terrible.

  5. kitsunesaru says:

    I would say he’s joking, but with Murphy you never really know.

  6. Spence says:

    I mean, Roanoke was laughable with how atrocious it was, so why not just go full-comedy with season 7? It’s like he’s begging for someone to cancel this show at this point, even if this proves to be fake.

    • Joey says:

      I find this comment funny because I think Roanoke is the best the show has been in years.

      • David Finucane says:

        I hated American Horror story, I would tune in every season to see I it’d better and Roanoke was the only one I stayed and watched till the end.

  7. Adam says:

    I figured it was only a matter of time before Ryan Murphy adapted the 2016 election but I thought it was going to be “American Crime Story: 2016 Election” or “Feud: Donald and Hillary” not American Horror Story.

  8. OMG! says:

    If only i could post that Heath Ledger Joker gif….

    And here we go…

  9. Wrstlgirl says:

    But they already did American Horror Story Freak Show.

  10. Kris says:

    Boo! I watch tv to AVOID the political crap, not relive it!!! Sorry Ryan. If this is true, I guess I won’t be watching S7… :(

  11. Adam says:

    I thought it was already announced that the theme would be ‘ghost ship’?

  12. Adam T says:

    Matthew Morrison was born to play Paul Ryan

  13. GrumpyMittens says:

    If he thinks he can come up with sth scarier than what is already going on, he has a nasty surprise coming, I’m afraid…

  14. J says:

    AHS: Fake News, starring Killary Crookton.

  15. Guest says:

    Well, if this is truly the case I already know what this next season of AHS will look like. So thank you Ryan Murphy for at least letting us know in advance so I can add this series to my 2016/2017 dump list before I even tried to pre-record it. Gosh, so many good series ruined by unnecessary character deaths, brutality and politically driven unfortunate.

  16. Stacey says:

    I hope this is a joke!

  17. iHeart says:

    holy crap he got my tweet

  18. MammaMia says:

    Will not be watching.

  19. Donna Salvi says:

    If this is true, I am very disappointed. It will be the first season I won’t watch. Enough is enough.

  20. Gina says:

    This is actually a genius idea. He can save money on actors if he just runs all of the sound bites and news clips from the campaign trail. That’s terrifying in and of itself.
    Ps, I’m sure he’s not serious. Nobody wants to live through that again.

  21. Bonnie says:

    Last season was horrible. I am giving it more season before I quit wasting my time. I can already tell you this is not going to be good !!!

  22. Jared says:

    Well it looks like I can skip next season. I’m soooooo over this election!

  23. james reginelli says:

    well got to be better than last season

  24. DigificWriter says:

    This wasn’t a joke. The official AHS Twitter account has confirmed that the 2016 election will in fact be the theme for the series’ seventh season.

  25. DigificWriter says:

    Edit: Maybe what I saw wasn’t the official AHS Twitter account, but this still wasn’t a joke, as all four of the major Hollywood Trades and several of the “smaller” Hollywood Trades have all reported on it, and they don’t report things unless they’ve verified every aspect of what they’re reporting on directly.

  26. Sandy says:

    Please don’t get into politics. There’s too much of it everywhere.

  27. dean says:

    Please cast me. I would like to play Ted Cruz, the Zodiac killer.