Last Tuesday saw the finale of American Horror Story: Cult, the 7th and most polarizing chapter in the immensely successful anthology series launched by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk in 2010.Though many fans were turned off by the overt political parallels, it was nonetheless the most focused and impactful season yet, not to mention completely devoid of the supernatural trappings that were have been the series hallmarks. Evan Peters as cult leader Kai Anderson was the engine of the season, delivering consistently compelling and disturbing performances.
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
So, what are fans to make of the ending and how exactly does Cult connect to past seasons of American Horror Story? For a concise examination, we turn to the folks at FoundFlix on YouTube, purveyors of insightful and illuminating Endings Explained videos & reviews. Watch as the narrator wraps up the season’s elusive subtext and connections of a winder American Horror Story Universe.
Give the video a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section. If you can’t stream, a summation of the ending of Cult and connections to past seasons of American Horror Story are listed and briefly summarized below the video. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Breaking down the season finale of AMERICAN HORROR STORY CULT. Find out what I think the ending means & look at connections to the show’s other seasons.
The series concludes with Kai in prison and Ally running for Senate. After escaping from jail, Kai attempts to assassinate Ally, but is outsmarted and killed himself. After a sweeping election victory, Ally goes out to meet other “powerful” women. She dons a cloak like the one worn by the members of SCUM, inferring she will be continuing the work of Valarie Solanas. The point is: No matter how good the intentions, every leader is a potential cult demigod capable of manipulating his or her constituents in order to achieve personal political ambitions.
Connections to past seasons include:
Twisty the Clown (Freak Show) as seen in comic books and action figure form and Lana Winters (Asylum, Roanoke) is given a cursory mention.
The Zodiac Killer is revealed to be a creation of Valarie Solanas and the members of SCUM; the Zodiac Killer also appeared in the Devil’s Night episode of Hotel.
There are rumors that Cult was to conclude by showing the other “powerful” woman Ally went to meet, and they were to include characters from previous American Horror Story In addition to characters played by Sarah Paulson (Lana Winters, Dot & Bette, Cordelia, Billie Dean Howard) we can only imagine who else may have been included. I like to imagine the likes of The Countess, The Butcher, Misty Day, Elsa Mars, and many others.
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