American Horror Story: Cult lays out a clear political agenda

American Horror Story: Cult lays out a clear political agenda

American Horror Story: Cult lays out a clear political agenda

"Cult" Spoilers for Season 7, Episode 2 reveal that Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) and Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson) will come face to face (again).

The season premiere of American Horror Story: Cult drew 4.56 million adults 18-49 on FX September 5, according to the network, and 6.91 million total viewers. Meanwhile, Ally's overwhelming feeling of helplessness inspires her to borrow one of Harrison and Meadow's guns - any but the pistol that Nicole Kidman used in Cold Mountain, of course. That apparently sets the mood and Ally and Ivy get busy, but in the other room their son Ozzy also is seeing clowns - Twisty from a previous series and an unnamed clown that looks shockingly phallic.

Detective Samuels (Colton Haynes) The police detective who keeps showing up to investigate possibly fake clown sightings and the actual murders of Ally and Ivy's neighbors, Tom and Marylin Chang, Samuels is pretty tiresome so far. Harrison Wilton bangs on the door, insistent that this is a terrorist attack.

Anyway... Picking up right where the premiere left off, Ally turns over to find a clown in her bed - don't you hate when that happens?! - sending her into a damn frenzy. One of the biggest strengths of this season of American Horror Story is the way in which it makes our collective nightmare into a reality.

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We got a few good glimpses at Ally and Ivy's farm-to-table restaurant, The Butchery on Main, in "Election Night".

Cult will feature a major clown storyline, but real-life clowns aren't laughing. He leaves her with a comment about how it's not fun to be the one "they're chasing". Though this isn't the first time we have seen clowns, the clowns in Cult are predatory and nefarious and they are the epitome of what a killer clown should be. With bars on the windows and a new security door out front, she admits to Dr. Vincent (Cheyenne Jackson) that she's become empowered, that her phobias have proven themselves to be true. He's also running for city council, hoping to assume the seat left vacant by Tom Chang, one of the victims of last week's "murder-suicide".

Now with an investigation underway after the discovery of the manager, the episode starts to hint at some political undertones. As Ally's new neighbors, Harrison and Meadow Wilton (Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman), put it: "Lay it all out there, you know?". However, it remains to be seen if these clowns are actually real or just figments of their imaginations. On top of that, the clowns killed their friends and neighbors the Changs, and although we don't know for sure what the new neighbors Harrison and Meadow are up to, it seems like they might be in cahoots with Kai and the rest of the cult. With this duo moving in so soon after the murders, Ally shows her skepticism. Instead, Winter goes pinky-to-pinky with the boy - taking on the role of mini cult-leader in the process, mirroring the kooky actions of her blue-haired brother.

Gary Longstreet (Chaz Bono) Chaz Bono's character Gary Longstreet only showed up briefly in the first episode of "American Horror Story: Cult", but it was a pretty pointed moment. However, a relaxing bath takes a different turn when Winter attempts to seduce Ally by washing her off in the tub.

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