American Horror Story: Cult, the seventh season for FX's horror anthology, was one of our favorite seasons from the series run so far. Using the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections as a backdrop, the season avoided the use of supernatural elements to show just how monstrous we can be to each other by just being human; and how once person's "cult" can be another person's form of freedom. Season 7 saw Billie Lourd, Lena Dunham, Allison Pill, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman joining returning American Horror Story veterans Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Cheyenne Jackson; Adina Porter and a "returning" Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch).
With Season 8 expected to premiere some time in September 2018 after what one assumes will be months of teases on series creator Ryan Murphy's part followed with some awesomely over-the-top reveal at San Diego Comic Con, here's a look back at some of the key moments from the season. Starting off, we've got a look at the official preview for the season as well as an overview of American Horror Story:
Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk and airing on FX, American Horror Story examines the impact that both physical and psychological horrors can have on all of us by presenting us with a new environment and a new set of characters every season but still within a shared "Murphy-verse." From a family slowly self-destructing (Murder House) to workers and residents of an insane asylum (Asylum); from a coven of modern-day witches (Coven) to a cast of circus freaks (Freak Show); and from the staff and guests at a struggling hotel (Hotel) to a family dealing with a horrifically mysterious farmhouse (Roanoke), each serves as a chapter in the tale that is American Horror Story.
Here, Kai (Peters) asks the question that is one of the underlying themes this season: when was the last time you felt really safe?
Ally (Paulson) begins to learn that just because your paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you:
Kai plays upon Hope (Porter), literally and figuratively, as he murderously demonstrates his belief in her:
As Hope challenges him over the direction of the "movement," Kai's introduction of one of his group's previously unknown members to the viewers begins to make things much clearer:
On the run and with the understanding that things are definitely not what they seem, neighbor/cult member/nearly no longer among the living Meadow (Grossman) drops a dime on Kai's entire operation – but is it too much for Ally to believe?
As the group becomes a lot more militant and "Hitler youth-like," Hope learns quickly that Kai's promise of "shared power" is about as reliable as his stories about his past:
Oh, Dr. Vincent (Jackson) – don't make promises you can't keep. Especially when Ally's in a much better position to save herself while you have some…ummm…"family issues" to contend with:
As Ally and Ivy (Pill) search for their son Oz (Cooper Dodson), Kai discusses the "benefits" of having a man in his life before literally seeing if the kid's ready to "drink the Kool-Aid":
A broken Hope is left to shill on camera for Kai, who is now a councilman but looking to extend his power far beyond the local levels. And with a staged act outside a Planned Parenthood, he might just get his wish:
In the final episode, Hope begins to understand the old saying about whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger because she's sitting in front of the living personification of it: Ally. What better way to strike a final blow at Kai and his "movement"? Beat him at his own game – and then do him one better:
If you're re-watching the season or binge watching for the first time, here's a rundown of our episode recaps: