"American Horror Story" Season 7: Theme, Release Date, Cast And Everything You Need To Know

27 June 2017, 15:16

AHS S7 Theme
Katie Louise-Smith

By Katie Louise-Smith

Who will be in it? When will it air? WHAT IS IT ABOUT?!

UPDATE 27/6/17: Some more casting information about the new season of American Horror Story has been revealed and it's not good news.

Vogue Magazine recently published a story about Lady Gaga officially re-joining the cast for the third season of AHS. Fans went wild and everyone got excited but it has now been confirmed that The Countess will NOT be returning for the seventh season. 


It had long been speculated that Gaga wouldn't have enough time in her busy schedule to join the cast of AHS7; she wasn't cast in the role of Donatella Versace on Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace either thanks to her work load. AHS7 is currently in production as we speak and Gaga, who has just wrapped production on her movie, will now go straight into rehearsals for her tour which starts on August 1st. 

But as we've seen with American Horror Story in the past, we'll probably get to see her face in some plot twist during the season after all. And besides, she'll be back to play The Original Supreme in the Murder House/Coven crossover anyway. *sits patiently*


As for the rest of the season, here's everything we already know about the upcoming instalment which, unlike the complete and utter hell-scape that was promotion for season six, it looks like it won't be as shrouded in as much secrecy as we previously imagined. Strap in kids, it sounds like it's going to be a wild one. 

Who will be in it?

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The only two staple cast members that have been announced so far, to no one's surprise, are Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. Murphy has already stated that they will be the two leads of the show, which means we'll be getting WAY more Evan screen time than we did in Roanoke. Adina Porter and Cheyenne Jackson are back for more as well.

In other casting news, Billy Eichner (from Billy On The Street/Parks & Rec fame) will be joining the cast in an unspecified recurring role as well as your favourite cast member of Scream Queens - Billie Lourd. Billie has reportedly signed on for a ~leading~ role alongside Evan and Sarah but all other details are being kept under wraps. And course, Teen Wolf's Colton Haynes.

Some eagle-eyed sleuths have noticed that the IMDb page for American Horror Story Season 7: Episode 1 had been updated with a cast list AND the names of the characters that they are playing. The names have now been removed (Sarah Paulson's character name is currently still up there) but not before we managed to snag a screenshot before it all got deleted.


It's not the first time leaked cast lists have made the rounds before an announcement; remember last year when someone "leaked" the Roanoke cast list and it included Lana Del Rey? What a tease. It was fake of course. And this one? This is totally fake too. 


What is the theme?

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Ryan Murphy revealed on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live that the theme for the seventh season of American Horror Story will be... Election 2016. Honestly, truly, the scariest theme of all. Speaking to E! News, Murphy said the election will be used as a springboard for the season's eventual theme. 

"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."

Murphy also stated that Hillary and Trump will not feature as characters in the season but when asked if it would feature a Trump-like character, he said, "Maybe..." FFS. 


Back in October 2016, Murphy also revealed that the focus of S7 would be on the wider context surrounding Freak Show saying "Next year, we will be going back to some Freak Show characters, deeper histories and mythologies. So we’re sort of still exploring season 4 in season 7." 

It makes sense too seeing as Sarah and Evan's characters were two of the only characters left alive in S4 but whether that will now be part of this election season remains to be seen.

When will it air?

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The seventh season will be airing earlier than usual. Instead of the signature October start date, it's being pushed up to September so that the finale wraps up around Halloween. "It's going to debut right after labor day" says Murphy. FYI: Labor Day 2017 is on Monday September 4 so it could be coming as soon as Wednesday September 6.  

What happened to the crossover season?

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Sorry fam, you're going to have to wait a while for the Murder House/Coven crossover season. It looks like that edition of AHS won't be hitting our screens until 2018 at the earliest. Which is great actually, because hopefully by then Jessica Lange will be looking for some work by then. Here's hoping! *cheers emoji* 

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