For fans of Ryan Murphy’s series American Horror Story, the premiere of Season 7,“Cult,” can’t come fast enough. Murphy, however, has teased out some information about the show that all fans should know.
Veteran AHS actress Sarah Paulson and newcomer Allison Pill play a married couple with a young son. Paulson’s character, Ally, is triggered by Trump’s win and her coulrophobia (fear of clowns) gets worse. According to Murphy, this isn’t her only fear.
“She just has particular fears,” he said in this Variety article. “She has a fear of blood; she has a fear of coffins that we will explore. She has a fear of holes.”
Other AHS actors will come back for this season as well, including Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, John Carroll Lynch, Cheyenne Jackson, and Adina Porter, while Billie Lourd, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, and Lena Dunham will make their AHS debuts.
Peter’s character Kai is the most hyped character so far. Kai is the leader of a cult and Murphy spills that this might just be Peter’s best performance ever. Not only will he play Kai, but is slated to play a grand total of eight roles, including Charles Manson, Jim Jones, David Koresh, and Andy Warhol. Lourd will play Winter Anderson, a member of Kai’s cult, and Lynch will reprise his role as Twisty the Clown from Season 4. Dunham’s character will appear in Episode 7.
Murphy also states that “Cult” will be more grounded than previous AHS seasons, which got a bit supernatural. Instead it jumps off the election and explores the “cult of personality.” Murphy has also taken to Instagram to tease out concept art depicting Kai and Ally and captioning it as “a love story for the ages” and another picture of Ally, Ivy (Pill), their son, Kai, and Winter and captioned it “family.” This can all feed into concept of cults, and the polyamory that is sometimes associated with it.
Also clowns. Clowns will be making a comeback, unfortunately.
Even with the political connotation, Murphy does stress that it’s not left vs. right.
“It’s not about Trump, it’s not about Clinton,” he explained in the article. “It’s about somebody with the wherewithal to put their finger up to the wind and see that that’s what happening and using that to rise up and form power. And use people’s vulnerabilities about how they’re feeling afraid… and they feel like the world is on fire.”
Sept. 5 can’t come fast enough.