– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Every season, American Horror Story has tackled some new horror trope — a well-worn trope that horror fans love and have seen a million times over. Over the course of the first five seasons, however, they’ve certainly drained the well of a lot of great subjects. We’ve seen haunted houses, witches, freak shows, hotels, and the like. Last season saw the return of a haunted house (or at least haunted land), only this time it was through the lens of a documentary, and then reality TV show.

So where would they go next? Earlier this year, showrunner Ryan Murphy surprised fans when he stated that it would involve the 2016 election. Not long after, he stated that the show would take place on election night, and that terrible things would happen to the characters. Other than that, the actual details have been sparse.

However, Murphy recently took to Instagram to give yet another tease for the politically-charged season.

Check it out below:

Instantly, my mind goes to two places: The Purge, and Freak Show. For those who don’t know, The Purge is a horror franchise that involves all laws being suspended for 12 hours once a yer. In that time, folks run around, causing all sorts of murder and mayhem — oftentimes wearing crazy masks. This one was obviously made to resemble an elephant — the mascot of the Republican Party. Perhaps a bunch of conservative folks will go around murdering minorities? Just spitballing here. However, we can’t ignore the look of those teeth, which resemble the mask of the murderous clown in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Normally, I’d say the resemblance is just because Ryan Murphy loves the style, but in recent seasons, the series has been going to great lengths to connect things into a larger shared world. Does this mask have some connection to Twisty the clown, or is it all one big coincidence?

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SOURCE: Ryan Murphy (via Instagram)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.