American Horror Story Season 7 is currently knee-deep into filming and speculations about Ryan Murphy’s politically-charged next installment are rampant on the Internet. Recently, a photo from the set of the popular horror anthology has teased returning cast member Sarah Paulson’s role in the upcoming season.
Sarah Paulson, A Murderer?
Paulson and co-star Evan Peters were the first to confirm their involvements in AHS Season 7, but their roles are yet to be revealed. While Murphy has revealed Peters’ new hair color in an Instagram post earlier this year, not much has been shared about Paulson’s still-unnamed new character.
However, in a leaked photo from the set of the series in California, new information about Paulson’s role has been brought to light. The photos published on Twitter shows protesters holding a sign with the word “murderer” splashed across the actor’s face. Peters with his bright blue hair was also present on the set. (Looking at his hair color, one can assume that he is in the opposing party or group.)
Some signs also demand “Justice for Pedro” and “Immigrants Welcome.” It can be surmised that Paulson’s character is somehow involved in the murder of an immigrant named Pedro.
However, Paulson is actually present on set which hints that, despite the murder accusation, she has not been jailed. Whether she actually murdered Pedro or was indirectly involved in his death or has falsely been accused remains to be seen.
From what has already been divulged so far, the upcoming season of American Horror Story will deal with the current political climate in the U.S. That said, the protests could also be about anti-immigration policy supported by Paulson’s character.
In addition, the scene also contains an Easter Egg that recalls the events of Season 1. The protest was held in front of a fake store called The Butchery of Main which is a reference to the Piggyman in American Horror Story: Murder House or the Butcher played by Kathy Bates in American Horror Story: Roanoke. If there was a direct connection to the store and to the previous seasons, fans have to wait and see when the anthology returns this fall.
That said, Murphy’s take on the nightmarish real-life American horror story that was last year’s presidential elections would not be a direct retelling of the events that transpired. It would still explore relevant social and political issues such as the anti-immigrant sentiments and even President Trump’s travel ban, but there will be monsters.
On Instagram, Murphy already teased concept arts of monsters that will make their appearances in the anticipated Season 7. In the most recent post, Murphy showed off an art of a woman with vacant white eyes and hands coming out of her face and looking a lot like horns. On her face, an upside down pentagram was drawn in blue.
“AHS Season 7 clue: ambidexterity,” Murphy wrote in the caption.
Another art shows an elephant that might be a reference to GOP’s mascot. However, the Season 7 monster looks rather scary with its Joker-esque grin.
How these monsters will figure into the political horror story remains to be seen.
According to Murphy, American Horror Story Season 7 was inspired by last year’s election. The next installment of the popular horror story will open with real footage of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton in the first ten minutes of the first episode.
The still-untitled new season will also star newcomers Billie Lourd (Scream Queens, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Colton Haynes (Teen Wolf, Arrow), Billy Eichner (Parks and Recreation, Billy on the Street) and Leslie Grossman (Nip/Tuck).
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