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Cult is the subtitle for the seventh season of American Horror Story. The season premiered on FX on September 5, 2017. The season was nominated for seven Emmy Awards.


The fictional city of Brookfield Heights, Michigan is left divided by the 2016 U.S. presidential election and follows a community torn apart by a dangerous leader of a cult (Evan Peters) who uses fear as a weapon. Local restaurant owner Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson) is utterly distraught by Donald Trump's victory and several of her longstanding phobias, including coulrophobia, hemophobia, and trypophobia, intensify as a result.

Cast and Characters[]


Episode # Premiere Writer(s) Director
Election Night 1 September 5, 2017 Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Bradley Buecker
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark 2 September 12, 2017 Tim Minear Liza Johnson
Neighbors From Hell 3 September 19, 2017 James Wong Gwyneth Horder-Payton
11-9 4 September 26, 2017 John J. Gray Gwyneth Horder-Payton
Holes 5 October 03, 2017 Crystal Liu Maggie Kiley
Mid-Western Assassin 6 October 10, 2017 Todd Kubrak Bradley Buecker
Valerie Solanas Died For Your Sins: Scumbag 7 October 17, 2017 Crystal Liu Rachel Goldberg
Winter of Our Discontent 8 October 24, 2017 Joshua Green Barbara Brown
Drink the Kool-Aid 9 October 31, 2017 Adam Penn Angela Bassett
Charles (Manson) in Charge 10 November 7, 2017 Ryan Murphy & Brad Falchuk Bradley Buecker
Great Again 11 November 14, 2017 Tim Minear Jennifer Lynch


Ryan Murphy announced the theme of the seventh season on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, revealing the stunning game changer that season 7 will be about the U.S. presidential election.[1] In the following weeks, Murphy dropped several hints on his Instagram account about concept art, characters, and themes for the seventh season.[2][3]

Among the actors he mentioned on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, there are Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Mare Winningham, Frances Conroy, Emma Roberts and Chaz Bono from AHS Repertory Company; while Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes, and Lena Dunham will mark their first appearance in the franchise. On July 11, 2017, Murphy revealed the return of Twisty the clown through a photo uploaded on his Instagram account.[4]

On July 20, 2017, Ryan Murphy revealed the theme of the seventh season, AHS: Cult, on his Twitter account.[5]

The story's title and more plot details were released at San Diego Comic-Con 2017.

On August 2nd, 2017, a campaign was launched to support Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, home to the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. Through donations, it will be possible to win a lunch with Evan Peters along with the chance to get a role in an episode of the seventh season.[6] In addition, it will be possible to have lunch with Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, and Billie Lourd too.[7]

On August 3rd, 2017, promotional posters for five of the main characters were released.[8] Further main character names were revealed on August 8th, 2017, for the American Horror Story panel "The Women of American Horror Story" at FX's TCA,[9] along with some information about the themes of the season.[10]

Unlike the previous season, Cult was announced to feature the main title sequence. It was released on August 21, 2017. This title sequence is the first to use the 'AHS' acronym instead of the full title, probably due to aesthetic purposes.[11]

The season marks the first season to not feature cast mainstay, Lily Rabe, despite many rumors that she was to portray Sharon Tate, in the Charles Manson reenactment.[12]

Cult is the first, and so far, only season to feature no supernatural elements in the plot.

Filming for neighborhood scenes took place outside of Pasadena, California as a stand in for Detroit, Michigan. Notably, the houses of the Mayfair-Richards and Wilton families were also used in the final act of John Carpenter's 1978 horror film "Halloween".