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American Horror Story season seven to please cult fan base

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MIKAYLA STEARNS

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I tuned in to the season premiere of American Horror Story: Cult despite the fact that I know Lena Dunham’s face is going to pop out and scare me in later episodes. I just won’t think about it. You can’t win ‘em all.

Taking into account this season’s center stage horror, the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, we can count on viewers being emotionally invested. I personally cannot wait.

I’m not anticipating that AHS will milk this election plotline for the whole season. The plot of the first episode, at least, led away from specific political points and towards bigger horror themes. The whole episode centers around fear. Fear, phobias, anxiety, exaggerated delusions…

We see Evan Peters as a certifiably insane Trump supporter (and clown masquerader?), but I don’t think it’s because the character particularly feels like a Republican. I don’t know yet if this is going to be my favorite Peters character, but he probably could play a better Joker than Jared Leto, I’ll tell ya that. Again, these main “villains” so far like Peters are obsessed with creating and festering fear in people, and find a friendly face in Trump.

Peters impresses me again along with AHS veteran Sarah Paulson. Paulsen brings it again as her type-A, lesbian, good-natured citizen character that we know and love from Asylum. The fan base can never get enough of her.

Honestly, I imagined this season was going to be extremely anti-Trump, just knowing who Ryan Murphy is and his other projects (see: Glee, The New Normal, etc.). But the writing takes jabs at the extremes we’ve all had to endure at one point on our Twitter feeds: the fanatical racist Trump supporters and the “snowflake” Hillary supporters. It’s refreshing and funny to watch. American Horror Story took a break, but she’s back.

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