American Horror Story: Cult episode 2 preview for “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”


FX has released preview clips for episode 2 of “American Horror Story: Cult” and the entirety of season 7.

The premiere of American Horror Story: Cult introduced us to this season’s lead characters, who lie on opposite ends of the political spectrum: lesbian liberal Ally (Sarah Paulson) and blue-haired Trump supporter, Kai Anderson (Evan Peters). While Ally’s life begins to unravel after Donald Trump’s surprise win triggers some of her deep-seated phobias, Kai feels emboldened enough to come out of the shadows, convinced now more than ever that the populace is best controlled through fear.

The pair briefly met on the streets of the small Michigan town they each inhabit in the season 7 opener. After emerging from his parents’ basement after Trump’s election, Kai shows no qualms in revealing some of his own prejudices, targeting Ally and her wife Ivy (Alison Pill) by throwing a drink at them, and later provoking a group of Mexicans in order to advance his hate-filled agenda.

Ally and Kai meet again in episode 2, titled “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” when the aspiring politician shows up at her doorstep asking for a glass of water while going door-to-door to campaign for city council. A spot was vacated after Ally’s neighbor, who rebuked Kai’s request to ignore calls for an increase in security measures at Jewish centers in light of anti-Semitic attacks, may have been murdered by the same group of clowns that have been terrorizing the restaurateur, if her Twisty the Clown-loving son, Oz, is to be believed.

Meanwhile, things are only getting worse for Ally, who may now be suffering from agoraphobia, according to her therapist Dr. Vincent (Cheyenne Jackson). A preview for the new installment shows that her paranoia has only gotten worse, as she continues to see clowns all around her. Her situation isn’t being helped by the hiring of Kai’s sister, Winter (Billie Lourd) as her son’s new nanny, who seems determined to expose the young boy to all the horrible terrors of the world.

FX also released another trailer teasing what’s to come in the 10 episodes ahead. Unsurprisingly, Kai uses his attack as a way to launch his own fear-based campaign, asking Michigan residents for their vote because “they are out there.”

We also learn Ally has more than just creepy clowns to contend with, including a pair of nightmare neighbors (played by Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman) who move in across the street. Her ongoing descent into madness also continues to create a rift between her and Ivy.

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American Horror Story: Cult episode 2, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” airs next Tuesday, September 12th at 10 p.m. ET on FX.