Warning: This article contains spoilers
On Sept. 5, the seventh season of “American Horror Story” premiered on FX. The anthology series stars its usual cast of actors, like those of Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, but there were also a few new faces. Billie Lourd (“Scream Queens”), Colton Haynes (“Teen Wolf”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”), to name a few.
This year’s season is called “Cult,” and some viewers are already disappointed with the first episode, saying it won’t live up to the previous season, My Roanoke Nightmare. This is because this season will focus mainly on politics. The episode even starts out with clips from the 2016 presidential election.
The show also seems to focus on fears, like the fears of Ally (Sarah Paulson) who has clourophobia and trypophobia, the fear of clowns and clustered holes, respectively. And their babysitter, Winter (Billie Lourd), who is ironically afraid of children. But the most interesting is Evan Peter’s character, Kai Anderson.
Kai Anderson revels in Trump’s win. He has a general freak out in his living room and believes that the fear Trump inspires in people can be used to control them. He doesn’t seem to run from his fears- he understands them. And he uses fear to his advantage. He is what I’m most excited for in the show and how his character develops and what his role is in all this chaos.
I have to give Ryan Murphey, the creator, credit for the creativeness. I never thought the theme of the show would ever turn to politics but in some ways, it’s genius. So many people get fired up when politics are mentioned, and this is just one way to keep us watching. Whether you support Trump or Hillary, Ryan Murphey says that’s not what the show is about. It’s the fear that comes with the politics. And with Ally’s continuous mental breakdowns, the attack of a cult of killer clowns, and Kai’s homemade Cheetos mask, this episode was entirely fearful.