Unlike the stingy American Horror Story: Roanoke, the last season of Ryan Murphy's genre-twisting guilty pleasure, this year's American Horror Story: Cult is all about the overt tease. Gone are the array of misdirecting teasers, replaced by legit casting news, a real-world thematic backbone (in the form of the 2016 Election), and a bonanza of imagery. The "cult" in question involves bees, inducted ingenues, and battalions of freaky clowns.
Still, the crux of the season -- what the cult wants, why it wants it, and if the connection to the Trump-Clinton standoff is as simple as "political parties are the new Peoples Temple" -- remains shrouded in secrecy. Murphy has revealed few hints via his ace Instagram game (he may have confirmed a major AHS theory just the other day), but fans have been left sussing out clues from bursts of news and dreamlike promotional video. On the official Cult website, a new teaser runs with this ominous, grumbled line:
"She wanted a better life. She wanted something more. She found us."
Through crowds of clowns, we've seen a non-made-up woman appear in background shots, and in some cases, on a table, surrounded by cultists in ritual mode. She isn't instantly recognizable -- perhaps a proxy for one of Murphy's go-to actors? -- but like most cult stories, it sounds like someone will be running away from real life to find solace in the group hug of a malicious clown troupe.
Could the runaway be Billie Lourd, daughter of the late Carrie Fisher who broke out in a big way on Murphy's underrated Scream Queens? It's possible: on Cult's countdown site, Lourd was revealed as "Winter Anderson" in the new season.