Our dreams of seeing Kathy Bates play a demonic Trump in Season 7 of American Horror Story have unfortunately been dashed, leaving us even more disappointed than the producers of La La Land on Oscar night.
That's right, guys. According to Indiewire, show runner Ryan Murphy backtracked somewhat at the Publicists Guild Awards Luncheon this week, revealing that the political theme of Season 7 shouldn't be taken too literally:
“The themes of ‘American Horror Story’ have always been allegories. You will not see [Donald] Trump and [Hillary] Clinton as characters on the show.”
Whether you blame the booze or a desire to hype up his flagship show, it seemed as though Murphy's previous revelation that Trump may appear in Season 7 was exaggerated, although he did joke at the same event that he may have another target in his sights:
“Now as I look over at Sarah Paulson, I think of Kellyanne Conway. I don’t know! I might be rewriting!”
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For a few days, Trump's detractors were disappointed that the President wouldn't make a direct appearance in Season 7, but then something strange happened.
During an interview with E! News, Murphy changed his mind again, revealing that Trump and Clinton would appear after all. When asked for news on how the casting process was developing, Murphy explained that they were still, "halfway through the writing," so "not yet."
Whether this is all a hoax or Murphy is just genuinely confused about the state of his own show, it's commendable that the executive is keen to present a more balanced view on today's political climate, telling The Hollywood Reporter that:
"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."
Expanding upon this further, Murphy suggested that:
"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."
During his most recent interview with E! News, Murphy also revealed some surprising news on how the first episode of Season 7 will kick off:
"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."
We're sure that Murphy could have just filmed Election Night documentary-style and that would have been horrific enough, but we imagine that the American Horror Story have something far more sinister up their sleeves for the Season 7 premiere.
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Whether Trump starts building walls in Season 7 or not, it makes far more sense for American Horror Story to touch upon those political issues in a broader context that fits with the genre. We're calling it now though; expect to see the Coven witches ostracized like many immigrants in today's America.