It seems the recent US Presidential election was simply too juicy for just one TV show to cover it via dramatic adaptation. Following yesterday’s news regarding Zero Dark Thirty scribe, Mark Boal, adapting the electoral circus into a show, American Horror Story creator, Ryan Murphy, has revealed a similar tactic for the seventh season of the hit show.
Appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Murphy revealed the season will follow “the election that we just went through”, which sounds vague, sure, but when pushed to answer whether the season would include a portrayal of Donald Trump, Murphy added, “uh, maybe”. Ok that’s still pretty vague.
So it’s not clear whether the seventh season of the show will portray the actual election in some sort of demented horror form – I guess it’s possible in some alternate dimension that the whole cycle could have been even more horrific – or whether the plot will feature an election story that parallels the one in reality. There are myriad other options, too.
Murphy stated that he doesn’t have a title yet, but the season begins shooting in June so it’s safe to say much of it has likely been written, or at least conceptualised, so Murphy being coy regarding details is probably by design.
Murphy previously revealed that regulars, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, will be returning, and that the seventh season of the show might bring back characters from American Horror Story: Freak Show. At this point, who knows, but it’s certainly interesting.
Somehow an American Horror Story version of the election sounds far more appetising than a standard dramatisation, and considering the strangeness that has encapsulated the shows run so far, this could be the perfect opportunity to add a dose of reality to the scares. Truth is stranger than fiction, after all.