Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Cult

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The proud­est mo­ment of my life was when Lena Dun­ham retweeted me,” says a seem­ingly nice young woman called Win­ter in the sea­son opener of the new AHS while she’s be­ing in­ter­viewed by well-to-do Michi­gan cou­ple Ally (Sarah Paul­son) and her wife Ivy (Al­li­son Pill) for the job of nanny to their sweet lit­tle boy Oz. It’s a line that per­fectly sums up the show’s glo­ri­ously wry, play­ful tone, as Win­ter appeals to the ladies’ arty lib­eral val­ues. I mean, they must watch Girls, right? But sec­onds later, when her new em­ploy­ees are out of the house, two-faced Win­ter (played ex­pertly by Bil­lie Lourd, Car­rie Fisher’s daugh­ter), drops the faux naivety and cranks up the child’s lap­top to show him some real-life footage of grisly stab­bings. Next minute, they wit­ness a pack of clowns slaugh­ter­ing the neigh­bours. All of this may­hem takes place against the ter­ri­fy­ing back­drop of the election of Don­ald Trump, and the big theme of the new AHS is how the suc­cess of Trump im­me­di­ately gave big­ots ev­ery­where all the en­cour­age­ment they needed to act on their worst im­pulses. Win­ter’s brother Kai (Evan Peters), is the per­son­i­fi­ca­tion of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s fa­mous “bas­ket of im­plorables”. Quite how his ob­vi­ous psy­chosis is con­nected to the gag­gle of crazy clowns we don’t yet know, and much of this might be tak­ing place in the mind of su­per-para­noid mum Ally, crack­ing up be­cause she can’t han­dle the re­al­ity of Trump’s vic­tory. The daz­zlingly bold premise and its fab­u­lously funny, scary ex­e­cu­tion, is yet fur­ther proof that co-cre­ator Ryan Mur­phy, who we pro­filed in last week’s heat, is mak­ing the most thrilling TV out there.

The state of this nanny…

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