As the summer months come to a close, the time for fall TV will be upon us. And in addition to the network and cable shows that run for the full year, there are also a handful of series that only come back during the autumn. Chief among them is FX's mysterious and terrifying American Horror Story, which changes its theme and cast every year. Season 7 is titled Cult, and has been teased as a response to the 2016 Presidential Election, as well as a season that will be full of scary clowns and references to Freak Show's villain Twisty. The first trailer just hit the internet, and does both of those things in spades. Check it out.
Creepy, right? Let's break down everything we're being shown, as well as the many characters and plot points that are still remaining a mystery.
The trailer picks up on the night of the 2016 Presidential Election, and two main characters who have very different reactions to the victory of Donald Trump. While Sarah Paulson's Ally Mayfair-Richards immediately screamed at her television, Evan Peters' Kai Anderson was overjoyed. Although the series doesn't actually feel focused on politics. Indeed, Kai's jubilation isn't because he was a super fan of Donald Trump. On the contrary, he seems thrilled with the chaos that is erupting in the world of AHS: Cult. Like Game of Thrones' Littlefinger, he understands that chaos is a ladder, and he plans on exploiting it in order to commit various heinous acts.
The first footage of AHS: Cult also features a Logan-esque moment of cross referencing. Much like how Logan found an X-Men comic book, Twisty the Clown appears to be a comic book character in the world of Cult. Sarah Paulson's character is apparently terrified of Clowns (same though), and Twisty toys and comics are shown being given to her young son.
Speaking of her son, the above trailer also introduces his new mysterious babysitter, in the form of Scream Queens' Billie Lourd. Carrie Fisher's daughter has a leading role in AHS this season, playing the role of Winter Anderson. Winter apparently has some psychic powers, and is able to feel others' fears through a skin to skin connection on her pinky finger. Over on AHS' official website, she has extra moments where she explains her apparent gift, introducing the first trailer in the process. It's unclear where Winter's allegiance lies, but she is shown sharing an intimate moment with Evan Peters, as well as being welcomed into the Mayfair-Richards home.
Cheyenne Jackson and Allison Pill were also revealed in this trailer, paying Sarah Paulson's therapist and wife respectively. Aside from that, there are still a ton of characters that haven't been introduced to the masses lately. Billy Eichner wasn't given any screen time in the first clips, and we haven't the slightest idea who the likes of Lena Dunham, Frances Conroy, and Mare Winningham will play.
American Horror Story: Cult will premiere September 5, 2017. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.