American Horror Story's Latest Season Focuses on Scary Post-Election America

Posted September 06, 2017

The killer clown terror craze of 2016 acts as a springboard to the exploration behind the driving force of the latest election: fear.

In every clue, interview or teaser leading up to the premiere of American Horror Story: Cult - which deals with the rise of a cult of personality from Trump to Charles Manson and many in between - we've been led to believe the grungy, blue-haired, Trump-supporting Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) is the villain of the piece.

Winter Anderson (Billie Lourd) will also be introduced soon, who will serve as Ally's replacement for her Hispanic nanny who's gone missing. Actress Sarah Paulson plays Ally Mayfair-Richards, a Donald Trump-hater prone to phobias. During her alone time with the child, Winter convinces him to look at murders and dead bodies online.

The garage seen on "AHS" was a more recent addition the the home.

Not only do they go overboard to make Trump supporters look bad, they are juxtaposed against the hero worship of liberals to create a sharp dichotomy.

Following his muddled speech, Kai heads out to the streets, where he has a run-in with Ally and Ivy, and later fills a condom with his own urine like a water balloon and tosses it into a group of latinos, who later attack him and beat him up for his vulgar gesture and cruel words as someone in the shadows video tapes the incident. Winter and Oz ventured out of the house to investigate and they saw the clowns in action, slitting their throats and writing on the walls with blood. Her relationship with Ivy is growing strained. "She's losing by 10,000 votes", he vents. We know character names and backstories, and we also have assurances from Ryan Murphy himself that the show is not as overtly political as it might have been made to seem. "Why would they send us to Florida when we should have been in Wisconsin?"

"American Horror Story" had an advance press screening of the new season's first three episodes, which are "Election Night", "Don't be Afraid of the Dark", and "Neighbors from Hell", IGN confirmed. As Ally grows increasingly paralyzed by fear, Kai seems to gain momentum as he attempts to start some kind of local political movement-with him as the leader. In the aftermath of Ally's multiple clown encounters, Pill does a great job portraying a spouse who's trying to balance understanding with the constant question: Is it time to bring in professional help? However, the bullets have no effect and Twisty slits his throat and eventually murders the female. Just how many times do we need to see Ally lose her mind over seeing clowns do the dirty in the grocery store?

One last surprise before the episode ends: Ally later wakes up in the middle of the night to find one of the masked figures in bed with her instead of Ivy. One gets the sense that Paulson, who took the election as well in real life as her character is taking it on the show, isn't acting so much as just having a real therapy session on camera. Are the murderous clowns Ally sees carrying on his legacy? When she turns away from her meal, she sees a clown fondling himself in the corner and begins to scream.

Following the premiere of the series last night, FX has debuted both a promo for next week's episode of American Horror Story: Cult and a full preview of the entire season.