When viewers first meet Sarah Paulson’s character, Ally, in the new season of “American Horror Story” (titled “AHS: Cult”), which debuted Tuesday, it’s the night of Nov. 8, 2016.
This dialogue eventually leads to a sly and unexpected (albeit very small) twist in the episode, which also features clowns, stabbings and other classic terrifying ingredients of the AHS franchise.
After Ally confesses to her therapist that the election results have triggered her anxiety to the point where it’s affecting her marriage and son, viewers assume they know whoshe voted for.
The twist feels like a classic Ryan Murphy moment: As the creator of AHS (as well as “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee” and many more), he loves turning tropes upside down.
After that scene, Ally’s Green Party vote doesn’t come up again in the premiere — but the moment is just a small preview that shows that, as usual on this series, things are never as straightforward as they seem.
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