The latest episode of Hulu's "Into the Dark" horror series imagines a nightmare as seen through the eyes of a borderline-insane presidential figure.

The new episode, produced by Blumhouse, premieres Friday on Hulu and is titled "The Current Occupant," a story starring Barry Watson as a figure who might be the president of the United States.

Watson plays the part of a patient held captive inside a mental ward following a shooting that nearly took his life and rendered him in an amnesic state.


The episode forces viewers to question whether the character is really the president, or merely a delusional mental patient, according to writer and executive producer Alston Ramsay.

"The premise of this film is: Is this person the President of the United States or is he not? We're playing with this breakdown of reality and as much as we did not want to send some really specific political message ... it's hard not to think about those themes in the context of the current White House, in the current national moment," Ramsay told The Hill.

Ramsay said the film's scenario offers an extraordinary juxtaposition, taking the most "powerful person in the world and placing them in the most powerless situation."

"The more he fights back to try and prove he is sane, the more he proves to his captors that he is insane," Alston added.

Throughout the episode, the theme of being a "somebody" who is perceived to be a "nobody" weighs on the conscience of Watson's character.

"If you think about the process of running for the president of the United States and what goes through your head when you make that decision — believing that out of 7 billion people on this planet, you should be the most powerful person — by that fact alone, I think you have to be a little bit crazy," Ramsay said.


Ramsay said he thinks there could be a touch of "megalomania" found in even the best of presidents, adding, "the virtues of what comes along with [the Oval Office] is an incredible responsibility to shoulder."

Before working in entertainment media, Ramsay, 39, started his career in Washington, D.C., in 2006, serving as a civilian speechwriter at the Pentagon for prominent political figures such as former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Gen. David Petraeus and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

Ramsay wrote for the National Review prior to speechwriting.

He has traveled to more than 36 countries on behalf of the U.S. government and, in 2010, spent a year in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he operated the commanding general’s writing team at the height of the war.

In 2014, he moved to Los Angeles to begin his career as a screenwriter, working alongside his brother Julius Ramsay, who has directed episodes of "The Walking Dead," "The Purge" TV series, and the film "Midnighters," which was also written by Alston.

The Ramsay brothers also worked together to create "The Current Occupant," which Alston describes as a coalescing project based on his experience as a D.C. speechwriter and Julius' Hollywood experience.

The Oval Office scene in "The Current Occupant" was shot at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., where Ramsay said he is also conducting archival research for an upcoming Nixon biopic he's developing.