After a great deal of waiting and anticipation, it’s official that American Horror Story: Cult is the seventh season of the show.
FX confirmed this great news on late Thursday, which means that now, the next order of business is very much simple: Waiting for the next season to be here this fall. Early signs are that this is going to be one of the most terrifying seasons of the show yet, though specifics on it are still not entirely clear beyond that the Presidential Election is the theme, and that the cast includes everyone from Evan Peters to Sarah Paulson, Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, and the recently-announced Lena Dunham following her time on Girls for six seasons. Executive producer Ryan Murphy was kind enough to answer a few questions on Twitter late Thursday; here’s some of what we got out of that.
1. This is one of the biggest seasons for Peters to date – Given how he was used sparingly on both Hotel and Roanoke, we’re all about getting to see him have more of the spotlight. While he was good in Freak Show, our personal favorite season for him is Asylum and it’s really not all that close.
2. Frances Conroy is returning – The same goes for Mare Winningham. Murphy does love to use some of the same actors across several different seasons of the show, so it’s hard to be surprised about this news.
3. This season is 11 episodes – That’s a big of an odd number, but it’s one more episode than there was last season but also less than many others. Our feeling on this remains very much the same that it’s always been: Make however many episodes that you have a story for. With Coven/Freak Show, it was obvious that there wasn’t enough story and things were really coming to a crawl as we got pretty close to the end of the road. That’s something that we would definitely advise the show avoiding moving into this batch.
4. Character names – Peters is going to be playing a mystery man named Kai, which is a name we’ve never heard outside of The Vampire Diaries before. Meanwhile, Paulson is going to be playing someone named Ally, and there has to be some element of great significance to this.
5. Fun fact – The actors on the show did not know the title of it until Murphy announced it. Can you imagine working on a show and not even realizing precisely what it’s cold? It’s a weird thing to think about, but that is exactly what happened.
Personally, we love the title of the season and what it is almost sure to represent: The chaos that comes out of people creating these sort of terrifying cult mentalities where people tend to follow the leader so much that they don’t question their intent. The metaphor here to today’s political climate should be fairly clear to right about everyone at the moment.
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