American Horror Story: Cult uses American presidential election to ignite series

American Horror Story Cult Invites Viewers to Join the Creepy Clown Ranks

Later, it's revealed to American Horror Story viewers that Ally has a lot of emotional issues. We don't know yet-but if this season really is an allegory for our current politics, I think we all know what the answer will be. Cult seems to be, at the outset here, a heightened examination of the aftermath.

The more I think about the newest season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck's horror anthology series, the more striking and layered the themes and imagery become. Instead of giving us details about what the eponymous cult could be, the premiere instead focused on how the presidential election caused Ally's various phobias to resurface and emboldened Kai to act more recklessly. This season is promised to start off strong and end even stronger, whereas last season began with strong ideas and concepts, but ended with a silly finish. Can I help it if I'm a wee bit more excited about the eclectic guest lineup that follows on NBC's Hollywood Game Night (10/9c), including RuPaul Charles, Nancy Grace, Margaret Cho and Weird Al Yankovic-names I never thought I'd see in the same sentence. "We're all uneasy with the state of the world", insists her smarmy shrink, Cheyenne Jackson.

"I want you to know I appreciate you, I really do", Ally says. Indeed, Cult's community after the election sees racial tensions heightened to horror-story proportions as a series of tragedies befall the small town.

According to EW, Murphy stated that Twisty would return in American Horror Story: Cult. The trouble happens a little further down the line, but the premieres are usually very enticing.

Since the start of it all in 2011, the show has been nominated for a number of awards. We'll have to see.

Kai uses cheese puffs to paint his face orange in support of Trump, while his sister Winter Anderson tells him that she's scared.

"But Jill Stein?!" Ivy says. We're getting a hyper-condensed sampling of all the extremes here. Top series actors such as Evan Peters, playing Kai Anderson and Golden Globe victor Sarah Paulson, playing Ally Mayfair-Richards.

Some seem obvious after last night's premiere: Peters' blue-haired Kai Anderson is definitely bad, while Paulson's Ally and her wife, Alison Pill's Ivy, are good guys. And in the midst of it all - CLOWNS! Well, firstly, the show isn't forgetting Twisty. Clown imagery abounded in the season's marketing materials, and Twisty the Clown has already made a comeback: he's one of Oz's favorite comic characters, it seems, much to Ally's dismay. Kai walks away from the meeting without protest, but utters one cryptic statement: "There is nothing more risky in this world than a humiliated man". 10-year old Oz sees them, too, and sees the clowns drive up in an ice cream truck, and then kill the next door neighbors. Ally moans. "Oh my God, how could they have been so wrong about this?!" In a particularly creepy scene, Winter's answering interview questions, but the camera cuts back and forth to an odd ritual where Winter and Kai lock pinkies and tell the complete truth, clearly a dark play on the "pinky swear".

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.

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