Season 7 of American Horror Story began last night and, once again, Ryan Murphy’s mega-hit anthology series has excited, befuddled, and (most importantly) defied expectations! We’ll be bringing you day-after recaps for American Horror Story: Cult all season long, delivering important commentary and insights as the series develops. First, here’s everything we knew about Cult before last night’s premiere, summed up in a concise little vid courtesy of TVGuide.com.
Official Synopsis: We’re breaking down everything you need to know about Cult, including Evan Peters’ terrifying role, Sarah Paulson’s major phobia and more!
Warning: Below There Be Spoilers!
Opening on Election Night 2016, the first episode sets up the dichotomy between Evan Peter’s character Kai and Sarah Paulson’s Ally. They represent polar political opposites, and both play extremes: The maniacal Trump supporter vs the over-reactionary Hilary supporter. A midpoint scene featuring a clown attack has us wondering if Ally is being stalked or going crazy. A trip to a psychiatrist reveals dee-seeded fears of clowns, confined spaces, blood, and holes.
The return of Twisty (John Carroll Lynch) via comic-book was choice!
Kai exerts a Svengali-like control over his sister Winter (Billie Lourd), helping her invade the home Ally shares with her wife Ivy (Allison Pill) and son Oz (Cooper Dodson) as a live-in nanny; she sets to work corrupting Oz’s brain by exposing him to extreme violence on the internet. Meanwhile, Ally is the victim of another masturbating clown and begins to agree with the popular consensus: She’s going nuts.
The show ends with a gang of clowns exiting an Ice Cream truck and slaughtering the family next door. Their leader wears a clown mask with three faces, each with a distinctly dick-shaped nose. How much is real and how much was a night terror is open to interpretation—especially when paramedics reveal the cause of deaths: Murder/suicide.
What did you consider the most shocking moment of last night’s premiere of American Horror Story: Cult? What are your first impressions of this new season? Sound off in the Comments section!
Check out the trailer for next week’s episode of American Horror Story: Cult Episode 2: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, below.
American Horror Story: Cult cast members include: Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner, Colton Haynes, Alison Pill, John Carroll Lynch, Lena Dunham, Frances Conroy, and Mare Winningham.
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