American Horror Story's Next Season Will Be About the Most Terrifying Thing Imaginable: The 2016 Election

Image: American Horror Story: Roanoke, Prashant Gupta/FX
Image: American Horror Story: Roanoke, Prashant Gupta/FX

On the plus side, showrunner Ryan Murphy didn’t make us spend months guessing what the new season’s theme was going to be. Unfortunately, now that we know, we’re going to be nauseous every time we think about it.


On Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Murphy broke the news about next season’s theme, saying, “The season that we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election we just went through. I think that will be interesting for a lot of people.”

When asked if there would be an actual Donald Trump character, Murphy replied, “Uh, maybe.” So get yourselves guessing which of the usual AHS players would be most comfortable in Trump’s orange skin. And prepare yourself for wondering if Lady Gaga is going to play Hillary Clinton. There are other options, but that’s the one I’ve been stuck on since I heard this news.

So now we know why the long-awaited crossover season had to be put off. You have to do the election season as soon as possible. Strike while that depressing iron is hot and has its hands on the nuclear codes.

You’ve got some months to prepare yourselves for American Horror Story’s take on the election. Presumably, it’ll be pretty much the same, but with Satan’s presence being a bit more overt.

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.


My guess: A demon or devil possesses a presidential candidate and wreaks havoc covertly. OR an 8 foot tall, horned, blood-red, nude demon with wings and a forked tail runs for office, promising jobs, war, kicking out people who are “different”, while every word he utters is a complete lie and he sexually assaults any women that come close to him. He wins handily with the devout support of conservatives and Christians.