Following the news that Season 7 of American Horror Story will be based on the 2016 Presidential election, you'd be forgiven for checking to see whether it's April Fools Day already. After all, when Ryan Murphy first revealed that the next AHS theme would be set in the modern day, the idea that #TV's scariest show would even consider tackling the current political climate seemed more absurd than... well, politics themselves right now.
However, now that Murphy has confirmed the next round of scares will take place in The White House, this has left us wondering...
Who Will Sarah Paulson & Evan Peters Play In Season 7?
As the only two cast members currently confirmed for Season 7 of American Horror Story, we know that #SarahPaulson and #EvanPeters will continue to play a central role on the show. However, Murphy has remained characteristically cagey about who the two fan favorites will play... until now.
Speaking to EW, the FX show runner revealed that:
"Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson are the leads [of season seven]."
While that in itself doesn't reveal much about who Peters and Paulson will play, the pieces start to fall in place when you consider that the theme "is going to be about the election that we just went through."
When asked whether President Donald #Trump would make an appearance, Murphy responded with a non-committal "Maybe," suggesting that the controversial figure could play an important role in Season 7. If that's the case, then it seems entirely possible that Paulson and Peters could be cast as Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump respectively, charting their rivalry during the 2016 election.
Is It Likely That Paulson & Peters Will Play Clinton & Trump?
In the past, Murphy and his team have explored political issues through American Horror Story's sister show, American Crime Story, but it seems that #horror may be the most appropriate way to explore today's current political climate.
After initially stating that Trump and Clinton won't appear on the show, Murphy has now backtracked on his words. When E! News asked whether either candidate had been cast yet, the show runner replied;
“No, not yet. We’re halfway through the writing and not yet. But it’s really, really fun. 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. It’s really a season that will have a lot of people interested, and I think there’s something for everybody in that season.”
While no mention was made of Peters potentially playing Trump, Murphy did reveal that Paulson won't tackle the role of Clinton;
“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.”
This wouldn't be the first time that American Horror Story has cast real-life people on the show:
It's entirely possible, then, that American Horror Story may instead cast Paulson and Peters as fictionalized politicians who are just loosely based on Clinton and Trump. Alternatively, the 'leads' in question could very well be background figures brought to the fore. If that's the case, then Paulson and Peters may end up starring as people who worked behind the scenes on each rival's campaign, or even as White House staff.
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Whether Murphy changes his mind again and decides to cast Paulson and Peters as the real-life Presidential candidates or not, it seems that the name American Horror Story has become more appropriate than ever before. Either way, the idea of Evan Peters wearing a fat suit for the role of Trump has our vote!