The Walking Dead's John Carroll Lynch in American Horror Story: Cult

Nick Sanchez
September 7, 2017

"Cult" has been getting heat since Murphy announced the new season would be addressing Donald Trump's presidential victory and our fractured state of the union. Sarah Paulson plays Ally Mayfair-Richards, a woman who is seen in the trailer screaming and crying when Donald Trump is elected. But instead of actually addressing the issue at hand, he goes into a long soliloquy about fear politics and then storms out when he's asked to leave.

On the other end of the spectrum, Kai, watching the news alone that same night, is ecstatic. Meanwhile, Kai dry humps the television set before covering his face in Cheetos dust.

To replace the Guatemalan nanny on the lam, the couple inadvertently hires a babysitter named Winter Anderson (Billie Lourd) who has bizarro sibling ties to Kai.

Cut to a few weeks later, and Ally is not doing well.

John Carroll Lynch will reprise his infamous role as "Twisty the Clown" Emma Roberts will return as a MI newscaster, Serina Belinda, alongside Adina Porter who plays Beverly Hope. In her interview, she claims to have always loved children and done her fair share of childcare to make extra money during high school. She tells him that porn is nothing to be ashamed of, but when she sees the Twisty comic she has a nervous breakdown. "The white privilege that Sarah and Alison ['s characters] deal with is satirical as well". The child later reports seeing a group of clowns murdering his parents' friends - it's now unclear if that's really the case or the result of watching some pretty violent and twisted things with Winter.

That doesn't work because Ally goes to the supermarket, which is completely empty, and starts to see scary clowns having sex and coming after her with knives.

Following his muddled speech, Kai heads out to the streets, where he has a run-in with Ally and Ivy, and later fills a condom with his own urine like a water balloon and tosses it into a group of latinos, who later attack him and beat him up for his vulgar gesture and cruel words as someone in the shadows video tapes the incident.

Evan Peters: Give this man an Emmy, like, yesterday. "So if he were here, I would feel much easier about (discussing) it", she says nervously. She hurls bottles of rosé at the assailants and runs to her vehicle, where one of the figures waits for her.

At the center of all of this, Ivy is understandably a little exasperated.

"#American Horror Story" is making millions of dollars by keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. They're not backing away from crossing over with reality with the new season, though, which means the show that flipped the rules on horror is mixing them all up again - and things are about to get pretty real for a fictional show. Winter, of all people, is up for the job, after being prepped by Kai. She's trying to indoctrinate him into being immune to violence.

Evan Peters' character will be thrilled about Trump's win. The first episode had timely political scares, phobia-induced frights, and of course, a gaggle of murderous clowns. Ally moans. "Oh my God, how could they have been so wrong about this?!" They're immediately furious at Winter for allowing Oz out, but when he's out of earshot, she tells them that his over-active imagination, supplemented by the Twisty comic, made up the gruesome killings. The detective working the dead-neighbor case says it seemed like a murder-suicide. The mysterious smiley face popped up at the scene of the clowns' first murder in the Cult premiere, scrawled on the wall in the blood of their victims.

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