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.
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.