Our first look at one of American Horror Story season 7’s monsters is here, in the form of some conceptual artwork. Season 7 of the anthony horror TV series could be its most terrifying yet, seeing as the theme for this theme is the 2016 U.S. presidential election – an event that, suffice it to say, no one is eager to live through again.

As the season 7 cast grows ahead of American Horror Story‘s tentative September return, we finally have a first look at the horrors that await us. The series’ recurring, core cast members Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson will be joined by none other than Murphy TV show alumni Billie Lourd, as well as actor Billy Eichner. However, the actual roles they are playing remain a mystery for the time being.

While the human elements of season 7 are still a mystery, we have received a first look at one of the seemingly supernatural elements that will be causing nightmares for our ensemble cast. Murphy posted what appears to be a hand-drawn elephant-like creature on his Instagram (see the picture below), presumably a not-so-subtle nod to the Republican Party. The caption “American Horror Story Season 7 tease” doesn’t exactly give much away.

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Horror Story has a history of twisted creatures being the focal point of each season, while in the past we have had the likes of Rubber Man, a rampaging minotaur, and the Addiction Demon. The elephant certainly has the vibe of classic Horror Story, but it has us asking, “Will there also be a deformed donkey to represent the Democrat Party?”

The election elephant – as we are dubbing him – seems to have borrowed his look from John Carroll Lynch’s Twisty the Clown from Season 4’s Freak Show. With the bright red lips and twisted circus look, it also doesn’t look too dissimilar to those oddly terrifying clowns from 1941’s Dumbo.

Details are fairly thin on the ground surrounding how the FX anthology show will unravel, but we know that actual footage from 2016 election will be used in American Horror Story season 7. Reports are that the show will kick off on election night and go from there. Despite Murphy categorically saying that no one will be playing either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, it hasn’t stopped the likes of Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson saying they would love to take a crack at playing the infamous politicians.

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It is unknown whether the elephant is an actual affliction or a mask; however, if we are going down the mask route, could Murphy be borrowing ideas from The Purge: Election Year? James DeMonaco’s threequel followed a band of survivors trapped in the capital and stalked by various maniacs sporting masks of the Statue of Liberty and George Washington.

With huge success on the likes of American Crime Story, Feud, and American Horror Story, is there anyone who can stop Murphy’s grip on television? Whatever happens, the seventh season of his flagship TV show is sure to be a stars and stripes affair that will have people talking – maybe even as much as the actual election!

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American Horror Story season 7 premieres this September on FX.

Source: Ryan Murphy

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