American Horror Story: Cult was criticized for being one of the worst seasons; even so, it arguably contained one of the series’ best twists to date.
Ryan Murphy’s long-running horror anthology, American Horror Story, is known for keeping audiences on edge with twists and turns that happen at random, but season 7 contains one of the series’ very best.
While Cult is one of the more maligned seasons of the FX series, it introduced some unique plot twists and featured new actors, including Alison Pill and Billie Lourd, the latter of whom has gone on to become a mainstay cast member in the series. The social and political commentary regarding the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election in the United States was a bit too close to home for some viewers, and other aspects of the plot – from its random clown cult to botched history that involved Andy Warhol and Valerie Solanas – were a bit too cluttered. However, Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson were both given meaty roles in Cult that came to a head in a brutal grudge match by season 7’s conclusion.
Before the finale, Ally Mayfair-Richards, who was largely set up to seem like one of the show’s primary protagonists – as Sarah Paulson traditionally is, during her tenure on American Horror Story – shocked audiences with an unexpected side of her that led to a bloody, shocking twist.
Why Ally Killing Her Wife Was One Of AHS’ Best Twists
Ally Mayfair-Richards (Paulson) and her wife, Ivy (Alison Pill) were never the most solidly married couple to begin with; between Ally’s extreme fear of clowns and other major anxiety and their strained relationship after having a child together, things were rocky. However, the influence of Kai (Evan Peters) and his grandiose ego that led him to start a secret cult of clown killers, drove a wedge between them both. Though Ally seemed to undergo a strange shift from being an enemy of Kai’s to wanting to join his cult – of which her wife is also a member. Because their son, Oz, is a point of contention between the two women, Kai’s insistence that he was the sperm donor they used to create him and thus is Oz’s real father only adds fuel to the fire between them both.
Ally already has trust issues, and these are brought to a head when she learns her wife was already part of Kai’s cult, even though she joined it, too. While Ivy had her own reasons for joining, Ally’s are a bit more suspect, and even hint at her being interested in raising Oz with Kai as some sort of twisted, nuclear family; this is all revealed to be part of her plan, however, when she abruptly poisons her wife, killing her. Ivy’s death is not only sudden, but shows a darkly vicious side to Ally that reflects Kai’s own violent ambitions – while he was the clear villain from the season’s beginning, the slow realization that he’s not the only villain was shocking.
Not one to be outdone, Ally ends up being the only member of season 7’s main cast left alive by the end of the season, and wins the coveted Senate seat that Kai wanted for the majority of the season. However, while this might seem like a victory for both American Horror Story and people who empathized with Ally at the beginning of the season, her victory means more of the same that Kai would have brought to the table, just with an extreme sect of man-hating “feminism” that is equally dangerous to what Kai wanted to create, which was “putting women in their place”.
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