The episode began on Election Night, when Kai was so excited by Trump's electoral college win that he humped the TV screen. Extreme reactions to Donald Trump being elected as president of the U.S were recorded in the first episode.
Compared to other premieres of American Horror Story which have included topics from paranormal activity to witch gatherings, "Cult" focuses on something no American could avoid - the election of Donald Trump.
Winter (Billie Lourd), who is assumably Kai's sister, is devastated by the news, saying CNN should have added a "trigger warning" when Trump's presidency was announced on their website. After asking his social followers if they'd like the main title sequence to return this season, as it was absent during Roanoke, FX revealed the opening credits on Twitter. The house across the street, where their neighbors were brutally murdered, was also in the film (above). They'll roll their eyes, throw up their hands and go back to watching Fox News and MSNBC, to clicking links to Breitbart and The Raw Story on Facebook, instead of engaging in rational political discourse. More than just the film itself (after all, once on home video I don't think any of them have watched it again), experiencing the film along with people who actually acted scared because a pack of morons got lost in the woods was unendingly entertaining. Or, at the very least, has concocted a violent end for the couple he only thinks he witnessed being murdered, if his new babysitter Winter is to be believed. Paulson's Ally is a cartoonish liberal snowflake, beset by phobias and paranoia; Peters' Kai is a dead-eyed, wannabe demagogue. Are the murderous clowns Ally sees carrying on his legacy?
Ivy pauses. "Well, you did it, and now it's done", she replies flatly.
As for the popularity of the anthology - whose different seasons have explored stories such as a haunted house in Los Angeles, a mental institution in MA, a coven of witches in New Orleans and a freak show in Florida - the changing locales may have something to do with it, she speculates.
Paulson is playing an unhinged woman perfectly, and Ally surely has more than her fair share of problems.
Eichner is one of several new faces who will appear on Season 7 of American Horror Story. 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. Ally later heads to the grocery store where she seems to imagine she is attacked by clowns. According to Oz's account, she took him outside to prove that there was nothing there-and hoisted him up to look through a window, when he saw a couple of neighbors getting killed by a band of terrifying clowns. Ally exclaims. "I tried, you know that I did". Dr. Rudy then prescribes Ally with an anti-anxiety medication.
The episode ends with Ally rolling over in between, coming face to face with one of the clowns and screaming. While she screams in horror the scene cuts to black leaving her fate unknown.
"American Horror Story: Cult" premieres September 5 at 10 p.m. on FX.