'Supreme leader' Donald Trump may have some competition for his title in Season 7 of American Horror Story if this new and surprisingly believable fan theory ever comes to pass.
Discussing how the political theme of Season 7 could tie in with previous stories, Redditor dude53 suggests that the coven of witches from Season 3 could be misconstrued as a threat by the leaders in power. Attempts to subdue or control the supernaturally gifted spell-casters could reflect how immigrants are currently being treated by the American government today in real life.
This wouldn't be the first time that American Horror Story has been inspired by real-world events:
How Likely Is This Season 7 Fan Theory?
At the end of Season 3, headmistress Cordelia Foxx opened the doors of her academy to the world at large, revealing that witches walk among us. So far, the implications of this extraordinary revelation haven't been explored in the world of American Horror Story, but as we now know, every season is connected in the same reality.
Whether Season 7 strives to replicate the 2016 election with a typical American Horror Story slant or whether show runner Ryan Murphy uses the Presidential campaigns as a jumping off point, it would be fascinating to see current day concerns about immigration played out through this allegory.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, show runner Ryan Murphy hinted at this direction, explaining how the themes of Season 7 will focus on those without a voice;
"Well, one is to write about the divisiveness. 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. And then all of the stuff that I’m developing now is going to be about illuminating and highlighting people who don’t have a voice in our culture -- people who are ignored by the current administration and who are afraid and feel terrorized that their lives are going to be taken away. I’m interested not just in writing about those people but also in using my financial means to give back to them as well."
However, there's just one problem — Murphy has already confirmed that Coven will play a pivotal role in an upcoming crossover with Season 1's Murder House. Would it be wise to focus so heavily on the characters of Season 3 for more than one season?
Such a move could prove extremely divisive. After all, Coven may be a fan favorite, but that doesn't mean every viewer would welcome a return to Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies... unless of course, American Horror Story used this plot device as a way to actually set up the crossover.
A literal witch hunt orchestrated by political figures in Season 7 could lead into a future crossover that incorporates the themes of Murder House at a later date. Could the witches be saved from persecution by the Antichrist figure we met at the end of Season 1?
Here's How Season 7 Could Link To The Rest Of 'American Horror Story's Previous Seasons Too!
Redditor dude53 took this opportunity to theorise how Season 7's political slant could tie into the rest of American Horror Story's themes too;
Murder House: The 'Antichrist' could figure into an adaptation of the 2016 Presidential election in ways too numerous and obvious to even list here.
Asylum: Season 2 hinted that Kit's children would grow up to become important and the time scale certainly fits in this regard. Could they become politicians involved in the election?
Coven: As previously stated, Witches persecuted by the government could easily mirror the current immigration crisis.
Freak Show: Any of the freaks who survived Season 4 or even their descendants could play a major role in Season 7. Will they be persecuted like the witches from Coven?
Hotel: Either the immortal 'vampiric' disease could be revealed to the public or someone running for office could use it's life-extending benefits to their sinister advantage.
Roanoke: The Roanoke footage revealed that ghosts are real, something which could further turn the public and therefore the government against the supernatural.
Murphy himself told EW a while back that Season 7 will contain strong ties with Season 4, so this aspect of the fan theory could certainly hold up in a political context;
“Next [season], 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.”
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Whether the existence of witches in Season 7 sets up a future crossover with Murder House or whether a Trump-like figure lords it over as the one true Supreme, it's hard to deny that this fan theory is surprisingly credible, tying each season of American Horror Story into one cohesive whole.