Every Spine-Tingling Detail We Have on American Horror Story: Cult

The return of American Horror Story is almost here, and hints and details about season seven have flown in earnest. Creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy appeared at the Television Critics Association’s Winter press tour in January and gave up some small but important details — including the addition of two returning cast members! But it wasn’t until July that he gave us a whole new wave of things to obsess over, including the official Cult title, even more new cast members, and a few terrifying clowns. Here’s what we can expect for the next big installment of American Horror Story.

1. The First Hints

In an October 2016 cover story with Entertainment Weekly, Ryan Murphy slyly dropped some information on season seven. The idea apparently just came to him. “It comes to me as it always comes to me,” he said. “I sit up in bed and I say ‘That’s it!’ I have been mulling a couple of ideas, and I wasn’t loving it. Then I was thinking of this other thing, and I literally sat up in bed and said ‘That’s it!’ Whenever it happens it’s such a relief because it’s so much pressure.”

So what, exactly, is the idea? Much like season six’s “show-within-a-show” model, the next installment is “also a narratively strange idea,” according to Murphy. He also said, “I’ve already started to call people saying, ‘Put this on your calendar.’ It’s a good one.”

2. The Theme

Murphy confirmed that the seventh season will handle the 2016 election as its main horror story, but will not feature Trump or Clinton as characters. The official title is American Horror Story: Cult, and will reportedly begin the day after the election. The imagery for the season has so far included a lot of clowns and bees, which connect to the ideology of a cult.

3. The Cast

Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, who have been in every season, have already been confirmed. Lily Rabe has also appeared every year, but there’s no word on her yet. Three new faces have been added to the cast, however: Billy Eichner, Scream Queens star Billie Lourd, and Arrow‘s Colton Haynes. We’re also going to see Leslie Grossman, who worked with Ryan Murphy on Popular way back in 1999.

4. The Return of Twisty the Clown

He’s Baaaaaack

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John Carroll Lynch’s Twisty the Clown is, hands down, one of the scariest creatures to ever come out of American Horror Story. He first appears in Freak Show and later dies after being stabbed by Edward Mordrake. Because Ryan Murphy clearly wants to make sure you never sleep again, he’s bringing the character back for season seven. He announced the news with a photo on Instagram, which shows someone holding what looks like a comic about Twisty called Twisty: The Clown Chronicles, writing, “He’s Baaaaaack.”

5. The Teaser