WARNING: Possible spoilers for American Horror Story: Cult’s season premiere ahead
The return of American Horror Story might be one of the most highly-anticipated in the show’s history, if only because of Ryan Murphy’s early hint that this season will follow the 2016 election. While most of that anticipation was likely similar to rubber necking while passing a car crash, the promotional build for the show has shown that the election is only the underlying spark for the season and the cult full of clowns seems to be the real threat.
That’s not to say the season premiere didn’t bring back some shocks from Election Night 2016 for those tuning in, allowing people relive all the highs and lows of the evening through Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, but the rest of the premiere actually had many thinking back to previous seasons of the shows and how they might end being connected. There is already plenty of reasons to think such things given how each season has introduced some connection to the former, with Cult bringing back Twisty the Clown for more fun this season.
Some felt that Paulson’s character set a tone that might also reach back to the second season of the series, Asylum. The interesting part there is that the last time Asylum was connected to another season was Freak Show, the fourth season that introduced Twisty The Clown. While it is definitely a long shot given that Briarcliff Mental Institution is out in Massachusetts and this series takes place in Michigan, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t get a few slight thematic connections.
But the big takeaway from this premiere? Clowns are frightening and they’ve likely ruined trips to the grocery store. While the clowns seen by Paulson’s character may not have been real, the terror they created was and they did it right in front the watermelons. While the grocery store can be a terrifying experience as it is, killer clowns with their brains showing might be worse.
If one thing is certain, it seems this was another successful opening to a season of American Horror Story. Let’s hope it continues that way until the very end.