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“American Horror Story” Will Begin On the Night of 2016 Election; More Details

In case you haven’t heard, this year’s season of “American Horror Story” will draw inspiration from the wackiest presidential election in our country’s history. But don’t expect to see Sarah Paulson as Hillary Clinton or Kathy Bates as Donald Trump. Murphy says the season will be more an allegory than anything else, though it will begin on the night of the 2016 election.

Speaking with E! News, Murphy just revealed that both Clinton and Trump will be portrayed on the show, but according to other comments he recently made, they won’t actually be characters throughout the season. The site notes they’ll be a springboard, rather than the focus.

Said Murphy:

I think people literally think Sarah Paulson is playing Hillary Clinton and I wanted to clarify that that is not true. Horror Story is always about allegory, so the election is allegory. It’s 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. And you know, that show is always so fun when it’s about the zeitgeist and what we’re doing now.

It starts on election night is all I’ll say. It’s very scary, that night, for many people. It’s fun, you will like it. It’s really a season that will have a lot of people interested and I think there’s something for everybody in that season.

Season 7 begins filming in June. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will return.



  • Weresmurf

    I don’t follow either party and this has already lost me tbh.

  • Ted C

    “…which to many people, from all sides of the camps is a horror story.” Actually too many people it ended an 8 year nightmare and that night the country dodge another horror story.

    • J Jett

      welcome to the next 4 year UBER-horror story.

    • THE God

      I’m sorry your poor.

  • llcc1103

    Ryan Murphy is putting the dagger into his career with this decision. Does he realize millions upon millions of Americans voted for Trump? What is he trying to say? What an ego trip

    • Kabukiman2337

      1) How many of those millions do you think watch AHS?
      2) Why do you assume Murphy wouldn’t take shots at both sides? He doesn’t have much

    • Demetra

      Trump voters are the minority so it doesn’t matter Lmao

  • Jason Scarpelli

    This is so unoriginal and pathetic…just end the series and move on.

    • Kabukiman2337

      I know, right? ANOTHER horror movie about the election? Enough!

  • MaryMaria

    This barely appeals to me, but I’ll most likely end up watching it. Last season was so good after the train wreck (minus Liz Taylor) that was Hotel!

  • J Jett

    this has absolutely zero interest for me. i’m so fucking tired of any and all things politics.

    • Satanzilla

      Not even sure it’s actually going to be about politics per se, based on his first hints.

  • Jeremie Jayzik

    Hype. Even though Roanoke kinda sucked there’s no doubt of how much fun it was. Looking forward to season 7.

  • Polsdofer

    I thought this show was done after Roanoke.

  • Brett

    “Something for everybody” is the problem with AHS. The kitchen-sink philosophy makes it lose focus every season.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    lol can’t wait to miss this. After last season, I just can’t anymore. The bad addiction has ended.

  • As sick as I am of seeing Trump parody/appropriation I’m really curious where this is going to go. I can’t see how they can transition from Trump’s election to American Horror Story.

  • Geno1987

    I quit on Hotel. It had such potential to be great but ignored ever opportunity. You set up a creepy atmosphere of a hotel filled with murderous ghosts and a hellraiser inspired demon, and all we get is the usual vampire shit and the most bland generic characters who seem to not give a crap about anything going on.

  • fools2234

    Oh good god. Another liberal, Hollywood douche injecting his politics into something that should be politics-free. Pathetic!

    • Demetra

      triggered snowflake

  • fools2234

    Hillary outspent Trump 3-1, had all of the endorsements, had the media, and the organization (for example, in FL a State your girl lost, she had 51 field office’s to Trump’s 1).

    With all of the advantages your girl had, she should have won by double digits. Speaks volumes that she couldn’t pull a victory with all of her money and organization. Sad!

    • Satanzilla

      But like I said, my girl decisively beat your playboy in the popular vote. Sadder!

      Of course he still won — because of the ludicrous situation we call the electoral college. Wait, what’s that you say? “Oh listen to the triggered snowflake complaining about the electoral college!!!” Well, let’s see what spray tan said about that when he thought Romney was in Hillary’s same position (the “he” refers to Obama):


  • Matt Miller

    Lol Kathy bates as Donald Trump. I think I can see that.

  • DarkBree

    I think I will skip this season.

  • Charles Cumella

    “Roanoke” was just a crapfest preempted by too much hype, I’m assuming no good can come of any other season that they do. It would be great if they actually pull-off a good politically charged satire, but I probably won’t be watching it…

  • Rebecca Bridges

    This show.. my god it has to end. But on that note what if the “TRUMP” character is actually Tate’s son from series one.. you know the anti-Christ grown up and coming to power…. would make sense seeing how Murphy constantly has to remind us of how it’s all connected.

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