After weeks of teasers, trailers and terrifying Instagram posts, the seventh season of American Horror Story, which is subtitled Cult, premiered last week, introducing viewers to Ally and Ivy Mayfair-Richards. We learned a lot from the first episode of Season 7, specifically that Sarah Paulson's character Ally struggles with many phobias. Elsewhere, the villainous Kai Anderson (played by AHS regular Evan Peters) has big plans for the state of Michigan and it appears that he will stop at nothing until he accomplishes them.
After a devilish murder, several horny clowns and a supermarket fight with paranormal entities, I didn't think #AmericanHorrorStoryCult could get much darker but I was proven wrong with the latest instalment in the politically charged season. Whether you've seen the episode and fancy looking a little deeper at what's going on, or perhaps you're too scared to watch but want to find out what happened, fear not my fellow #horror fanatics, allow me to take you on a tour of all the crazy WTF moments from Episode 2 of Cult, titled "Don't be Afraid Of The Dark."
1. Twisty's Back (Again)
Last week, viewers were both horrified and delighted to see John Carroll Lynch reprise his acclaimed role as Twisty the Clown. While the character's appearance last week seemed to be a mix of both flashback and fantasy, it appears that the devilish clown is still floating around in the #AHS multiverse, and even re-appeared during a present day sequence in the latest episode. Well sort of. It's hard to tell, This is AHS we're dealing with here but we'll try to explain what happened as best we can.
During the opening scene of the episode, Oz was awoken when his night light was switched off and as he headed over to switch it back on, Twisty appeared out of nowhere. Cue the scream. The terrifyingly brilliant clown cornered Oz and he was accompanied by one of the other terrifying clowns (yeah, there's no short supply of creepy clowns on AHS, that's for sure) last seen during Ally's supermarket encounter.
However, unlike his mom (sorry Ally), Oz used his wits and ran for his life, heading straight into his ensuite bathroom. But Oz's nightmare didn't end as Twisty started to smash through the glass. However, when Oz called his moms to come rescue him, it was revealed that the whole thing was fiction — the young boy was simply having a night terror. I don't know about you, but I'm thinking that there is more to this than meets the eye.
2. Ally Encounters A Dead Co-Worker
When Ivy was notified that the alarm was sounding at the Butchery on Main, Ally said that she would go and sort the problem out for her wife. In other words, Sarah Paulson's character wanted to prove that she could handle it. Yeah, we know what you're thinking: that something was bound to go wrong. If so, then you're a hundred percent right. Ally made her way to her establishment and entered, covering her ears to block out the deafening alarm. She typed in the code, and just like she'd hoped, the alarm stopped sounding.
However, because this is American Horror Story we're talking about, there's no way that Ally was going to be able to leave a butchery in the middle of the night so, like you do, she headed into the back room where all of the meat was hanging. Ally took a little look around and, as she turned around, she was shocked to see one of her co-workers dead, frozen and hanging from one of the hooks. Cue the deafening but always awesome scream from Ms Sarah Paulson.
3. Kai Pays Ally A Visit
It didn't take long for Kai to milk the injury he received in last week's episode and in an attempt to drum up some political support (he plans to run for a seat on the city council), he payed Ally a visit. Fortunately for her, Ally recognized Kai immediately, referring to him as the "asshole" who threw his latte over her. Despite her continued declination, Kai continued to taunt Ally, hoping that she would let him into her home.
If this scene was written to make viewers extremely uncomfortable then writer Tim Minear succeeded in his goal — the way Kai continually harangues Ally had us on the edge of our seat. Moreover, reading between the lines, I'm thinking that the young man knows more about Ally then he's letting on. Is Winter relaying information back to the kooky Kai?
I can't be certain but it's definitely a possibility. It's hard to be sure of anything in the AHS multiverse, except for the fact that Evan Peters continues to be both hot and terrifying at the same time. We don't know how he does it. When Kai didn't get his own way, he came closer and grabbed onto the new railings of the house, shaking them in a threatening manner. As much as we'd like it to be, this definitely wasn't the last time these two will come face to face, that's for sure.
4. The Power Shuts Off
Winter took it upon herself to help relieve Ally of her stress, so the young babysitter ran Ally a bath which made for some pretty intense scenes between the two. I don't know about you, but i'm pretty sure that Winter was flirting and there was definitely a kiss coming, that is until the power went out. I wonder if Aly would've cheated on her wife? Either way, she was saved by the power outage. The new neighbors, who had recently supplied Ally with a gun (gives a whole new meaning to being neighborly), told both Ally and Winter that the power outage could last for days. Despite Ally's desperate pleas for her to stay, Winter left the house, abandoning both Ally and Oz in their hour of need. Boo, Winter, Boo!
Although nothing has been confirmed, I wouldn't be surprised if this was some elaborate plan of Kai's to scare Ally into submission, so that she would show her support for his cause. The scene between Kai and Ally certainly seem to suggest that Kai had been watching her.
Left on her own, Ally started to panic and her phobias ran wild. Eventually, she managed to contact Ivy and pleaded with her to come home. However, in one f the most predictable scenes you could've possibly imagined, Ally's phone died and she can't charge it because the power's out. Didn't see that coming at all. Things went from bad to worse for Ally and she became convinced that someone was in the house with her. While checking the cupboard to see if there was anything unusual, Ally got the scare of her life when she came face to face with one of the horny creepy stalker clowns from the store. Get the hell out of there, Ally!
5. Ally Shoots Pedro
Ally wasted no time in getting the hell out of there, heading up the stairs to retrieve her gun. She then woke Oz, telling the young boy to come with her immediately. I must admit, Ally looked pretty badass with that gun. It's like her protector-mom-mode kicked in when Oz's life was put in danger. When the pair reached the bottom of the stairs, Ally made Oz promise that he would run as fast as he could to the new neighbors' home.
In a weird and completely unexpected twist of fate, Ally shot Pedro as he arrived at her house. Pedro, who had been working as one of the chefs in Ivy and Ally's restaurant the Butchery on Main, was sent out to house by Ivy to check on Ally. Unfortunately. Ally's fears got the better of her and she shot him in the shoulder. The question on everyone's lips was: Is Pedro dead? Like any good drama, the answers are being held until next week. Damn you Ryan Murphy and your compelling plots!
And that concludes another round up of American Horror Story: Cult. It appears that the FX drama is getting darker as it goes on and there's little doubt that the seventh season of American Horror Story is certainly shaping up to be one of the scariest instalments yet. With so much mystery still left to uncover, such as Kai's plans for Michigan, I'm already counting down the days until the next episode of AHS hits our screens. Yeah, that's six full days to go.
American Horror Story: Cult airs Wednesdays on FX.
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