– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When you think of the concept of horror, chances are your mind goes to a haunted house, a killer on the loose, blood, guts, and the like. Your mind may go to witches, freak shows, hotels, or many of the other bits of subject matter that’s been covered in the first six seasons of American Horror Story.

Given their track record, it was logical to assume that the next season of the show would include another take on a well-worn trope — something that horror fans can really sink their teeth into. However, showrunner Ryan Murphy turned a few heads when he revealed last February that Season 7 would, in fact, have to do with the election we just witnessed this past November in the United States.

“Well, I don’t have a title,” he revealed last February. “But the season that we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just went through. So I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.”

Of course, the immediate question asked is whether or not they will have someone playing trump in the show. Back then, Murphy only answered with a “maybe,” but speaking with E! Online more recently, Murphy was able to confirm that they will NOT be having actors portray Clinton and Trump.

“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.”

Interesting. There was a variety of ways this could have played out, and perhaps the most obvious ways could have been at a very high level of the election. However, we’re happy to hear that they’ll be tackling it at a much lower level, perhaps utilizing the plight of the main characters to mirror the country’s own dark nature.

Perhaps the story takes place in the deep south on election night in a particularly intolerant section of the U.S. Between the heated debates and badmouthing, there is no denying that there were some very big concerns many Americans had going into this previous election. Bringing the “worst case scenario” to the small screen may be an interesting thing to see.

What do you think of Murphy’s statement? How do you think American Horror Story will tackle the election? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCES: E! Online

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.