Kathy Bates can do anything. But she (probably) won’t do that.
So here’s what we know about this year’s new season of “American Horror Story” so far. The events of the season are going to begin on the night of the 2016 election, which the entire season is drawing inspiration from. Both Trump and Clinton will reportedly be represented, but don’t expect them to be characters throughout the season; in all likelihood, it’ll be a loose allegory.
Series creator Ryan Murphy recently teased:
[The new season] 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.
So if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are at least going to make appearances in the new season, then who will be playing them? “American Horror Story” fans have expressed a desire to see series regular Kathy Bates offer up her best Trump impression, and in a new interview with The Hill, Bates addressed the humorous fantasy casting. In short, it’s likely not happening.
Bates told the site:
I know Ryan Murphy is doing something about the election. You know, my eyes popped open when he said that. No. I don’t think I’ll be playing Donald Trump. You know, I’m going to leave that to Alec Baldwin. I think he’s doing a smash job.
Season 7 begins filming in June. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will return.