Knowing Winter chose brutally violent dark-web videos to entertain her young charge makes it easy for the audience to assume the kid's account of the night-that Winter took him across the street just in time to see the very same clowns his mom encountered stab his neighbors (one of whom is the very person who humiliated Kai)-is the right one. It's been odd and emotional for the cast, but interesting how when you're writing about the political situation in the country and try and figure out what's going to go on.
Ever since the 2016 US Presidential Election, all we see is Donald Trump's face everywhere. Fans already knew that Sarah Paulson would be playing a Michigan-based lesbian restaurant owner whose phobias start to get the best of her after Donald Trump's election, and the premiere made good on that promise. And with rising excitement he starts humping his TV while chanting "USA! USA!" Since then, her severe anxiety and phobias have manifested themselves in the form of a roving band of creepy clowns. Fuck you, Nate Silver! She campaigned against Trump and was devastated after his win.
Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale", for one very good example, was completed and on its way regardless of the 2016 election outcome. Back in July, Murphy revealed that the season would be set in MI. In the context of the 2016 election, MI is especially divisive: that fact that MI was part of Jill Stein's recount effort adds more salt to the wound. But could the real evil of Cult actually be his sister Winter (Billie Lourd)? "I don't want to get pigeonholed".
"For Evan, it's been a real and great challenge to work on the physicality of: how am I going to be Charles Manson, and how am I going to be [Marshall Applewhite]", said Murphy. Soon - we'll get to that. Throw in plenty of guest stars and you'll see "Cult" is another man's "Rosemary's Baby". Lourd does a fantastic job of playing the world's worst child care provider, keeping her sinister sitter just grounded enough to stay scary rather than amusing. "She went to Arizona, for God's sake".
And this isn't the first time Bono has appeared on AHS. What followed was a montage of news clips of the many eventful situations that took place ahead of the election. Everything about the show, moreover, has been constructed to highlight partisan rifts, setting the story in MI (a state Trump narrowly won) and flitting around to topics like gun rights, race relations and immigration.
"As much as I hate him, I didn't trust her!"A weird and brash couple (Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman) moves in across the street, saying and doing things that seem created to further provoke Ally's anxieties; same goes for Oz's creepy new part-time nanny (Billie Lourd) who, unbeknown to Ally and Ivy, is working alongside Kai. Clowns, evidently, are yet another theme of this season's story.
Murphy repeatedly stressed that "pro or con, everyone can relate to the feelings" portrayed on the show on election night. It was an attitude carried by some Republicans and on-the-line Democrats who, as Ally puts it, simply "couldn't do it" when it came to voting for Hillary. Again, Peters has played many bad men in his years on AHS, but seeing him commit a hate crime you might find on the news today was a new kind of disturbing.