Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson) As the person who keeps being terrorized by clowns, it seems pretty clear that Ally's not one of them.
Following the premiere of the series last week, FX has released the American Horror Story: Cult ratings and the groundbreaking and award-winning anthology series, from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, drew 4.56 million Adults 18-49 and 6.91 million Total Viewers for its premiere telecast (Tuesday, September 5, 10 PM-11:07 PM) on a Live+3 basis.
Speaking of things left vacant by Tom, it took less than a week for a delightful pair of beekeepers - Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman as the eccentric, if not vaguely off-putting, Harrison and Meadow Wilton - to snatch up his house and make themselves comfortable in the neighborhood. Meanwhile, Ally's overwhelming feeling of helplessness inspires her to borrow one of Harrison and Meadow's guns - any but the pistol that Nicole Kidman used in Cold Mountain, of course. While campaigning for the city council seat left vacant by a violent murder, Kai speaks to Ally about her own fears, which he should have no way of knowing. Revealing Harrison's beekeeping hobby sure explains the all-white suit he was wearing earlier - or does it? - adding this to the many quirks that immediately put The Wiltons on Ally's radar. The American Horror Story franchise has received 28 Emmy nominations and four wins over its previous six seasons.
Elsewhere in the episode, fans will get to catch a glimpse of Winter Anderson again. Will he come back to get revenge on her in the night? Unlike the masturbating clowns in episode one, this tableau is very real.
Ally grabs her gun and Ozzy and runs for the door, but at the same time her friendly employee Pedro Morales is walking up to the house to deliver some candles and a phone charger to help her out during the power outage. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below! She isn't exactly eager to promise him a vote, so he leaves her with these chilling words: "It's so easy until it's you they're coming for".
After Kai threw a urine-filled condom into a group of undocumented workers in the season premiere, the video Harrison and Meadow took of the attack went viral, putting the recently-injured Anderson in the flawless position to run for political office. However, it remains to be seen if these clowns are actually real or just figments of their imaginations. The difference between them, though, is that Kai is honest about what he wants, whereas Ally is oblivious to her hypocrisy. Instead, Winter goes pinky-to-pinky with the boy - taking on the role of mini cult-leader in the process, mirroring the kooky actions of her blue-haired brother. A big part of the theory has to do with the meaning behind Oz's full name, Ozymandias.
Ally's downfall tells a strong, clear story, as Cult sees her trapped in a social-horror movie of sorts in which the victim is the fragility of liberalism. He's only appeared in Oz's comic books and dreams, so he might just be a tormenting, gross-faced monster showing up to confuse the other characters about what's real and what's in their heads.