With the title of the new season expected to be released later today, American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy took to Twitter yesterday to announce that actress Lena Dunham (Girls) will be joining the show's seventh season for a one-episode guest-star appearance.
As has been his tradition in the past, Murphy has been utilizing social media for both announcements and teases for the horror anthology franchise's seventh season. So far, we know that Dunham will be joining AHS regulars Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Adina Porter, and Cheyenne Jackson; as well as new cast members Billie Lourd (Scream Queens), Billy Eichner (Difficult People), Colton Haynes (Arrow), Leslie Grossman (Nip/Tuck) and Alison Pill (The Newsroom).
Murphy has also teased the upcoming season with various images, including one that more than implies that Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) from Season 4's Freak Show would be making his presence known…and he might be bringing some of his fellow "freaks" along with him. Murphy's final tease came earlier this week: a picture of a man covered in bees (???).
Reassuring fans that everything he's put out there "will all make sense" when he releases the season's title/theme later today during Comic-Con International (SDCC), Murphy apparently isn't going the "fake clue" route as he did for AHS's sixth season.
American Horror Story Season 7 is using the 2016 election as an inspiration and backdrop for the story, beginning with the night of the election itself. While the turbulent election might serve as the season's theme, Murphy wants viewers to know that if they're expecting to see Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump running for their lives from a crazed, knife-wielding Twisty, they're going to be disappointed:
"I think people literally think Sarah Paulson is playing Hillary Clinton, and I wanted to clarify that that is not true. Horror Story is always about allegory, so the election is allegory. It's our jumping off point. It is about the election we just went through and what happened on that night and the fallout of that night, which to many people, from all sides of the camps is a horror story. And you know, that show is always so fun when it's about the zeitgeist and what we're doing now. You'll see them (Clinton and Trump) on television. The first 10 minutes of the season, this season, takes place in a very eerie macabre way on election night and there's something terrible that happens in the lives of our characters on election night as they're watching it all go down. Which in itself was a horror story, so it's like a horror story upon a horror story."
FX has assured that the show will have a presence at SDCC 2017 through the AHS Zoetrope, described as a "mesmerizing, larger-than-life" experience that will give attendees a special preview of American Horror Story Season 7, as well as an opportunity to experience the series in a uniquely different way.