American Horror Story: Cult episode 2 preview: Sarah Paulson cries 'clown'!

Wednesday, 06 Sep, 2017

"There's nothing more risky than a humiliated man", Anderson said in the episode's opening moments.

American Horror Story: Cult airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX. Not just any election - THE election. "There's something awful that happens in the lives of our characters on election night", he goes on, adding, "which in itself was a horror story, so it's like a horror story upon a horror story".

Kai goes to her room, presumably to gloat, but then something odd happens: they lock pinkies, implying some sort of pact between the two of them. Even traumatizing, to get more specific. Cult seems to be, at the outset here, a heightened examination of the aftermath.

"#American Horror Story" (AHS) is an anthology horror drama series that is one of the most popular on the FX network.

You're in or you're out at this point, if you make it that far, because we bring on new characters, like detectives, settle into the insane in store, and are increasingly saddled with hints that we aren't watching the timeline we might have expected. Still, in the Trump-era it all has a place. "Part of being an artist is being able to write about the world you live in. So if he were here, I would feel much easier about (discussing) it", she says nervously.

For those unfamiliar with AHC, each season centers around a different macabre story. (John Carroll Lynch returned in the premiere to act out a scene from Oz's comic-one that strongly mimics the murder Twisty committed in the Season 4 premiere.) The last time we saw the "real" Twisty, he was ascending to a dream-like freak heaven.

Cult premiered on FX Tuesday night, and so far things are, well... confusing (read our review here), but we're intrigued to see how this all plays out. It's what happens when a show starts to lean into satire more and more. We'll have to see. There's no in-between here as subtlety never stood a chance.

As noted, there are some clever asides scattered throughout, starting with a progressive's complaint about CNN not providing a "trigger warning" before announcing that Trump had won. His theory is that if we stop protecting people from everything, they'll be freer than ever.

Winter has, in some fashion, pledged herself to Kai, engaging in a cult-like ritual in which they link pinkies and he asks her a series of personal questions, which she must answer honestly. Like... what's her deal? She logs into the dark web, making him watch videos of people dying. And in the midst of it all - CLOWNS!

Fan-favorite villain Twisty the Clown is back in a new American Horror Story: Cult motion comic promoting his upcoming appearance in the new season.

Oh, but that wouldn't be quite the American Horror Story ending, would it? As Ally desperately tries to get her wife Ivy to believe her, Ivy assures her that the clowns are only in her mind, a sign of her returning phobia of clowns. With fans from all walks of life, the show will have TV terrorizes lining up for the next bit of AHS goodness. What about Winter Anderson, Kai's sister, played inscrutably by Billie Lourd? Ivy also has a bone to pick with the fact that Ally voted for Jill Stein (yep, she's one of those people).

Kai attends a town council meeting and delivers a speech about how Americans love fear more than anything else.