Attention all fans of American Horror Story! At last, we can all stop the guessing games and put our minds at ease, because the long-awaited title for Season 7 has finally been revealed! Drum roll please:
Plus, a freaky trailer was released on the FX American Horror Story website. Check it out below:
Oh, the #horror! Along with his tease of when the title for Season 7 would be revealed, Murphy also added: "And suddenly...it will all make sense." Most of the details for Season 7 of American Horror Story were kept under wraps, but this upcoming political season was definitely not as top secret as last year's Roanoke. Once again, Ryan Murphy and the team over at Fox decided to shake things up with Season 7 by not announcing a cast or theme/title at the annual Paleyfest panel held earlier in the year.
However, Ryan Murphy decided to throw us a bone — a couple in fact — by releasing casting announcements and vague clues via his Instagram and Twitter accounts over the past few weeks. During this time we have all been trying to decipher every possible clue thrown at us.
So, now that we have a title, does everything we know so far make sense?
How Does Cult Fit Into The Political Theme?
Earlier this year, Ryan Murphy announced on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that Season 7 of American Horror Story would follow the 2016 Presidential Election. He later explained:
"The first 10 minutes of the season, this season, takes place in a very eerie macabre way on election night and there’s something terrible that happens in the lives of our characters on election night as they’re watching it all go down. Which in itself was a horror story, so it’s like a horror story upon a horror story."
If we look at the promotional aspects leading up to the title announcement, it was evident that the symbolism of bees and hives was of importance. There was even a light projector in the shape of a hexagon over water promoting Season 7 at San Diego Comic-Con. Could the hexagon or hive be American Horror Story's take on the Pentagon? Knowing the title is Cult, maybe some form of secret society is going to try and infiltrate the US government or take down a certain political member, as a result of the terrible event that occurred the night of the election.
What's With The 'Sweet Dreams' Teaser?
With the hexagon appearing over the water, this takes us back to one of the earliest unanswered questions surrounding Season 7: What the heck does "Sweet Dreams" mean? The only teaser that we got (presumably) for Season 7 was a clip of the ocean with the words "Sweet Dreams" posted by the official American Horror Story Twitter account after the finale of Roanoke. Many fans took this as a hint that Season 7 would somehow revolve around a haunted cruise ship; however, those theories were shut down when Ryan Murphy revealed that Season 7 would be election themed. The "Sweet Dreams" teaser was constantly debunked and overlooked by fans — up until Cheyenne Jackson shared this Cult behind-the-scenes image with the caption, "sweet dreams."
This reignited the hope that perhaps "Sweet Dreams" had some significance to Season 7. With Ryan Murphy later revealing that Twisty the Clown would be coming back, fans started to theorize that maybe Cult would pull a Freddy Kruger and have Twisty terrorizing our Season 7 characters in their dreams. Doesn't seem so far fetched when the main question surrounding Twisty's return was: In what form? After all, Murphy's Twisty tease implied that the killer clown's legend is now immortalized in a comic book series. Has Twisty's story inspired a killer cult fan base? Or, is someone reading too much before bed?
What Does Cult Mean For The Characters?
We are already aware that American Horror Story veterans #EvanPeters and #SarahPaulson are among the cast set to take on the political horrors in Season 7. Knowing the title for Season 7 is Cult, and what little information we have on the characters, it is safe to assume that the idea of a secret community under the guidance of a charismatic leader could appear. Evan Peters was spotted with blue hair, which was (somewhat) explained when Ryan Murphy released the following image:
Keeping Peters's blue hair in mind, Murphy followed up the "Red, white and blue" clue with images of Billie Lourd with white hair and Colton Haynes with a red mouth. It is clear that these three characters are somehow tied together. Again, the most plausible and popular theory is that these characters are connected through a cult or a beehive-like network/community, with aims to send a message to the government.
What Was Revealed At San Diego Comic-Con?
Besides the actual title, it is also worth noting that at San Diego Comic-Con, the American Horror Story zoetrope revealed new clues. Fans watched on as two female figures kissed — one in blue and the other in red — behind a fractured beehive and a scary clown mask. Check it out below:
This could possibly mean a Republican and a Democrat are secret lovers, where one is involved with the political climate and the other is wrapped in some dangerous hidden agenda or an uprising rebellion. Due to an onset video leak showing Sarah Paulson holding hands with American Horror Story newcomer Alison Pill, it is possible that the kissing figures represent their characters.
Of course, in true American Horror Story fashion, when one question is answered a whole new set of questions arise. For now, we will have to wait for official teasers to roll out, or even until premiere night for all to be made clear. No doubt it will be a nail-biting waiting game.
American Horror Story: Cult premieres September 5 on FX at 10pm.