American Horror Story: The Freak Show scene you must rewatch before Cult

AHS creator Ryan Murphy has teased Twisty would appear at some point during Cult, but the extent of his involvement was only clear when he slashed his way right into the intro.

American Horror Story: Cult airs Tuesday nights on FX.

As a outcome, the opening chapters of the program's seventh edition feel as if they're exploiting the current climate as much as commenting upon it. "Why are they feeling belittled or disenfranchised or upset with the patriarchal system?" The killer clown terror craze of 2016 acts as a springboard to the exploration behind the driving force of the latest election: fear.

But even as his go-to leading lady, Paulson is not privy to all of Murphy's thoughts on how the different seasons of his horror anthology - which share some actors but have unrelated storylines, locations and time periods - might all connect together. "There is no real discussion". For others, this one is a largely nonsensical bag of cliches tilting at each other that may as well kick puppies and feature explanatory subtitling (because you aren't bright enough to figure out the "metaphoric" exposition unless the dialog includes as much "why I'm saying it", as, "what I'm saying.").

"She was supposed to win", Ally cries out about Hillary Clinton. "It's about somebody who has the wherewithal to put their finger up in the wind, see what's happening and is using that to rise up and form power", Murphy added. I think that's something that's very common among my fellow Netflix and TV fans. Back in July, Murphy revealed that the season would be set in MI. In the interview, she tells them that she campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the election.

We can only hope Twisty is a recurring character on American Horror Story: Cult. That's what this show is about.

Being a huge fan of Hulu's Difficult People, I was pleasantly surprised both when Billy was cast and when I saw his performance (in episode two) because of his dynamic ability to play comedic and dramatic exceptionally well (look sharp, 2018 Emmys!).

Evan Peters will play Kai, a mentally disturbed Trump-loving 20-something. Though it's still the beginning of the season, some of Samuels' racist remarks and the bloody opening credits makes me think these two aren't almost as collected as they appear to be. "And there are many, many famous ones". A cult leader (Evan Peters) is behind the activity and isn't afraid to press the flesh. And, yes, there was hysteria, to say the least... but few were perhaps as emotional as Ally and Kai in Ryan Murphy's kind-of fictional universe. Sarah Paulson plays Ally Mayfair-Richards, a woman who is seen in the trailer screaming and crying when Donald Trump is elected.

Murphy continued to drop more bits of Cult news on Twitter, including that the 11-episode season will take place in MI. After Ozzy and his nanny Winter (Billie Lourd) stumble onto a murder across the street, he tells his moms that he watched the clowns kill their neighbors - the same neighbors who humiliated Kai at the city council meeting.

"We gave a year of our lives to this", she says to a friend on the phone after the election results are announced. We see him cheer on last November's big win for Donald, but what he seems to truly love about Trump as president is the fact that everyone, all over the world, will be scared.

He said he set the season in MI because it was a battleground state that only became more polarized when Clinton lost the assumed win, a world that he felt he knew.

But Ally has intense clown phobias, which ignites when she finds her 10-year-old son surreptitiously night-reading a Twisty the Clown comic book. "I'm an out, gay man. So, I think that when people see that this is what it's going to be about, presume something".

American Horror Story was renewed for two more seasons back in January.

One episode down, and American Horror Story: Cult feels like The Purge on clown crack. "We're not burning people in effigy or anything extreme". It's what happens when a show starts to lean into satire more and more. Whether or not the show gets political, the credits suggest that we're in for quite a season.

"What did he tap into as a candidate?" Then, something unexpected happens. "I should have understood more".

Ultimately, I'm just a bit exhausted of all the politics. Some scenes are hard. I can't make this stuff up.

  • Salvatore Jensen