The scariest AHS is the one that's real
We are currently living through a renewed Golden Age of Television that has been going on since the early 2000s.
Aside from all of the reality TV and bad programming out there, the extensive and bountiful options we have on traditional television, premium programming, and online streaming services have opened up countless worlds of experience like we’ve never seen before on TV.
From documentaries and educational programming to an uptick in nostalgia and sci-fi, and from political and romantic thrillers to an incredible array of sitcoms, our TV and streaming options are virtually endless with channels like FX, HBO, and Showtime and services like Netflix and Amazon leading the way.
And, hate it or not, you’ve probably noticed TV shows becoming increasingly relevant and critical of our societies and politics. Election years and the early months of a new presidency are always filled with nonstop political commentary and coverage, but after American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy alluded to the possibility of having the show’s next season focus on this past election, people were truly terrified. But was he 100% serious?
American History Story
If you’re a TV fan—especially if you like shows dealing with thrillers and horror—you may still remember the brilliant advertising campaign before the first season of American Horror Story back in 2011.
And as Murder House aired on October 5, 2011, TV lovers knew we’d found something new and fantastic, a show equally terrifying and transformational that would help taking horror mainstream and garner some respect for the oft-disregarded genre.
Over the years, we’ve seen American Horror Story take us across centuries and around the country as we explored deeper the collective horror that has made up the American experiment.
From the struggles of a divided family new to the West Coast or warring factions in a post-Katrina New Orleans to the corruption at an insane asylum, or from a timeless hotel with trapped residents to the motley crew of big-hearted outcasts used to entertain society, AHS has explored very real human experiences, albeit always with a tinge of witchcraft, preternatural circumstances, plenty of ghosts, and, of course, a heavy demonic influence.
From narration to the many varied performances, what the anthology has lacked in plot, it’s made up for in talent and production. And while several seasons have been based in real-life murders and myths (the Black Dahlia, the mystery at Roanoke), could the next season be the most real of all?
‘American Horror Story: Election’
While making an appearance on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy dropped a major bomb regarding the upcoming season that even host Andy Cohen was certainly not expecting.
Cohen asked: “Any new American Horror Story news?”
To which Murphy replied: “Well I don’t have a title, but the season that 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.”
Cohen’s jaw hits the floor as he exclaims: “Wow.” Though he almost leaves the topic to take some questions from viewers, he quickly hops back on the subject—the producers must have loved this big news.
“Will there be, like, a Trump in it?” Cohen asked.
“Maybe,” said Murphy cooly. Watch the exciting exchange for yourself!
Of course, it was only a matter of time before Murphy had more to say on the matter. Turns out this big reveal may not have been as true as it seemed… Keep reading!