The last season of American Horror Story wrapped up back in November, and while we have known for quite some time that the show is coming back, having been renewed not only for AHS Season 7, but also Season 8 and Season 9 as well, we haven't learned anything about the new season's story. Last season, series creator Ryan Murphy kept fans in the dark in every aspect of the show, including the cast members and story line, but this year, he decided to not keep fans waiting. The creator and executive producer revealed on a recent TV appearance that this season will be inspired by the election of Donald Trump. Here's what he had to say during an episode of Watch What Happens Live.
"Well I don't have a title, but the season 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."
When Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen asked if there will be a Donald Trump character in this season, Ryan Murphy would only say, "maybe." While we don't know who they're playing yet, Ryan Murphy confirmed during the TCA Winter Tour that series regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, who have starred on every season of American Horror Story, are returning for the seventh season. He would only state then that this season would be a "modern-day" story.
Ryan Murphy confirmed during EW PopFest in October that an upcoming season will be a crossover between the first season, Murder House, and the third season, Coven, although he stated at that time that it wouldn't be Season 7, but another season down the line. That was still a few months before FX officially renewed the show for Seasons 8 and 9, but Ryan Murphy added that there will be characters from both seasons, and he has already been approaching actors from those seasons. Ryan Murphy has hinted in the past that every season is connected in some way, which has lead to numerous fan theories online.
It's possible that this crossover season could in fact mark the return of Emmy winner Jessica Lange to the series she helped put on the map. Jessica Lange won two Emmy's and was nominated for two more during her run on the first four seasons of the show, but there hasn't been word on whether or not she would be willing to return to the series. Jessica Lange is reuniting with Ryan Murphy and FX later this year, though, starring as Joan Crawford in the eight-episode event series Feud: Bette and Joan, alongside Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. Take a look at an excerpt from Ryan Murphy's appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, where he teases the new season of American Horror Story.