THE LATEST (4/24): Here's another update to keep you salivating for the new season of American Horror Story! In an interview with E! Online on Saturday, Ryan Murphy spilled the beans on the show's opening scene that features actual Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump footage.
Cue the gasps:
"We don't have actors playing them. You'll see them on television. The first 10 minutes of the season, this season, takes place in a very eerie macabre way on election night and there's something terrible that happens in the lives of our characters on election night as they're watching it all go down. Which in itself was a horror story, so it's like a horror story upon a horror story."
But that's not all! Murphy also discussed the possible return of loved AHS veteran Jessica Lange, who recently (and sadly) stated she has no plans to come back to the series. Yet the co-creator thinks differently. "Jessica, it's always all about, ‘Well, what is it creatively and how is it interesting?' Jessica doesn't care if it's big or it's small, she cares if she gets to do something that's interesting to her at that time," he told E! Online. "But she and I are obviously very close and we talk all the time and dish the dirt about everything. She's really the coolest person ever."
Read on for everything you need to know about AHS Season 7.
Release Date: Fall 2017
Rating: TV-MA for violence, language, sexual content
Last season: Roanoke, which premiered on Sept. 14, 2016 and ran for 10 episodes
It was first announced back in October that American Horror Story was renewed for Season 7. Co-creator Ryan Murphy teased the experimental season to Entertainment Weekly. “It’s my secret season,” he told the site. “I’ve been working with a writer on a season that only he and I know. It’s like a two-year project that we’ll continue to work on the sly and not tell anybody.”
Fast forward to last month, when he revealed Season 7 will focus on the 2016 presidential election, as if living through the real one wasn't terrifying enough. It's "going to be about the election that we just went through, so I think that will be interesting for a lot of people," Murphy said on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. “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."
He later told The Hollywood Reporter,
"American Horror Story is going to be about the election that we just went through. And what I’m interested in doing is not just the obvious, single-minded point of view but rather express all sides of that equation. What needs to happen in our country now is for people to listen to each other—we may not always agree with each other and we may be horrified by what the other side is doing but we have to move toward understanding. So that’s one example of what I’m going to do."
While it hasn't been revealed just how far they plan to take this terrifying election theme, Murphy previously teased the storyline of Freak Show will somehow make its way through Season 7. "Next year, we will be going back to some Freak Show characters, deeper histories and mythologies. So we’re sort of still exploring Season 4 in Season 7," he said. No word if this plan is still in effect or if the season will revisit popular characters like Jimmy Darling and Dandy Mott.
Veteran AHS cast members Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters are set to return for Season 7, as confirmed at the winter 2017 TCA Press Tour. Paulson and Peters have played eight and seven characters throughout the anthology series, respectively. No word yet on what roles they will play, but Murphy clarified that Paulson isn't actually portraying Hillary Clinton. He told E! News,
“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."
While the season is based on the election, Trump and Clinton will serve more as minor characters instead of having lead roles. During PaleyFest LA's TV panel on Sunday, Paulson was asked which role she'd like to reprise from the FX series. “Probably Cordelia. We only got to see her just getting her powers,” she coyly said of her Coven character. “I just would like to know if the power might have been something that kind of changed her. Maybe we’ll get to see that.”
Cordelia Foxx was the ultimate Supreme and headmistress at Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies in AHS Season 3. If true, this would be the third time Paulson will reprise a role. In Season 6's Roanoke finale, her Asylum character Lana Winters made a surprise return. Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Cheyenne Jackson and Adina Porter were also on the panel. But it wasn't confirmed if they will be returning to AHS.
Paulson may have previously teased the return of her Coven character, but she's actually thinking of playing another infamous person in the upcoming season. At PaleyFest over the weekend, the actress told TVGuide.com:
"I'd love to play Kellyanne Conway. First of all, where is she? We haven't seen her in a couple weeks. What's going on? ... She was everywhere. We could not get her to shut up. And now, where is she? ... Don't get me wrong. I'm appreciating the silence, the quiet, but I am curious. That's an American horror story for you: What happened to Kellyanne Conway?"
AHS veteran Denis O'Hare joked that Ryan Murphy should cast someone as Ivanka Trump or Steve Bannon, "because he's the scariest person alive."
Billy Eichner and Billie Lourd are confirmed to join the cast as well, but details of their characters have not yet been revealed. The rising actress first made her TV debut in FOX's Scream Queens (another one of Ryan Murphy's projects), where she plays Sadie Swenson/Chanel #3. Murphy is notorious for crossing over actors from one of his series to the next.
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As busy as Murphy is with other TV projects, he isn't slowing down the AHS train any time soon! FX announced at January's Television Critics Association winter press tour the series is renewed for Seasons 8 and 9. It's not confirmed when, but a Murder House/Coven crossover season may happen with Lady Gaga's The Witch character making a return.
"It’s not going to be next season, but we are going to do a season that’s a crossover between Murder House and Coven together, which is very bizarre,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly last October.
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