American Horror Story: Cult season premiere

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Cult is not helping. Liberals want the scripted equivalent of a big hug, coupled with an announcement that Trump will be called out for his ties to Russian Federation and quickly impeached.

Neither of those groups will get what they want from AHS: Cult, at least not judging by the first episode. The growing fear, stemming from identity politics, is something Kai capitalizes on and Murphy leans into that fear with Ally's many phobias: She has a fear of clowns, blood, holes and coffins, to name a few. Murphy revealed that he will play a cult of personality leader named Kai Anderson. With a newly elected one in the White House, a horde of murderous clowns freely terrorize a divided MI suburb including the anxiety ridden Ally Mayfair-Richards (the unrivaled Sarah Paulson - who easily tops her iconic Lana Winters performance in her best role yet), wife Ivy (Alison Pill), and son Oz. Even worse, she is someone who committed an unspeakable act against her community: She voted for Jill Stein. As Ally and Ivy are arguing about the election outside, Kai comes along and throws his drink at them. They're not backing away from crossing over with reality with the new season, though, which means the show that flipped the rules on horror is mixing them all up again - and things are about to get pretty real for a fictional show. During her alone time with the child, Winter convinces him to look at murders and dead bodies online. "No that's bullshit. I won't believe anything until I hear Rachel Maddow say it", Ally says defiantly, before breaking down into heaving sobs as the election is called for Trump. Just like the rest of America, it seems like she's being gaslit by current events. With her previous role playing a literal unfeeling character (Scream Queens) or a small, cameo appearance (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), it's captivating and refreshing to see such a new depth to Lourd's acting. Ally is definitely spiraling-as evidenced by her hallucinations of killer clowns in various places, including the grocery store, where she attempts to do battle against them armed only with bottles of rosé.

That doesn't work because Ally goes to the supermarket, which is completely empty, and starts to see scary clowns having sex and coming after her with knives.

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But it also seems like this just a figment of Ally's imagination. Did these murderous clowns really kill the Changs next door? Sarah Paulson plays the stereotypical liberal "snowflake" whose world is shattered on election night. "People in the Rust Belt who have loved the show [are tweeting], 'I'm out". Kai, unsurprisingly, is opposed, and launches into a diatribe over using fear to control people (it's a familiar narrative - earlier, when Winter admitted that she's "just so scared now", Kai snapped back, "Everyone is.") A city council member dismisses him as a basement dweller who feels free to emerge now that Trump is POTUS, and Kai storms out, incensed. This, ladies and gentlemen, is fascism.

It's a cutting satirical take on progressives and the alt-right alike-Hillary voters may be emotional snowflakes, but Trump supporters are angry losers living in their mom's basement-that might immediately turn off people who aren't willing to look in the mirror too long.

She also has her own private theories about what the series' overarching themes might be, but is not allowed to share them.

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