"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is the second episode of Cult. It premiered on September 12, 2017.


As Ally's paranoia intensifies with the arrival of new neighbors and trouble at the restaurant, Oz finds a way to handle his fears with Winter's help.[1]


Ally encounters a clown in her bedroom and runs downstairs to Ivy, who arms herself with a knife. When the pair reaches the bedroom, there is no sign. Ivy searches the room, but even Ally is unsure about what she saw. As they embrace, Ally questions her grip on reality. Unbeknownst to them, the clown is in Oz's room. Oz hides from the invading clown and from Twisty, who chase him into the bathroom. His cries draw his mothers, who wake him from a night terror.

Kai's beating was caught on video by the new tenants filling the Changs' home, Harrison and Meadow Wilton. The incident was staged to propel Kai into the public eye so that he could run for City Council on Thom's now vacant seat. Ally investigates the new neighbors, where the husband is wearing a strange coverall.

In the kitchen of The Butchery, Ivy is planning a night out, leading to a pressure between her surrogate and the kitchen staff. A flare-up is stopped by Ally, who does not want to inflame racial tensions in this political climate.

Winter and Oz are at odds (as he feels she represented him as a liar about the death of the Changs and his experiences), and she engages in the "pinky ritual" she did with Kai earlier to free him of his fear. In the aftermath, Winter takes him to meet the new neighbors. In a panic of the unknown, Ivy and Ally run to catch him. Initially afraid, they warm slightly to the brutally honest new neighbors, who are beekeepers. Harrison excitedly talks about the hive, and how it operates to a fascinated Oz. 

Meadow describes her cancer survival, and Harrison reveals that they're in a lavender marriage. As they continue through the house, they see the bloody symbol left behind on one of the walls. When the family returns home, Ally and Ivy discuss their suspicions and doubts. Oz is afraid to sleep alone, and Ally volunteers to check out the activated security alarm at the restaurant. Inside she hears a suspicious noise and tracks it to the meat locker, where she finds the kitchen manager from before hanging from a meat hook.

The Mayfair-Richards household tightens up household security, and Ivy arrives with therapist Rudy Vincent in tow for a surprise house call. He was concerned that Ally was missing her appointments. Roger, the manager, was still alive when Ally found him but she accidentally killed him trying to help him. Pedro Morales, the cook from earlier, is Detective Samuels' prime suspect. Ally feels that her phobias have prepared her for the new climate of fear. She is offered a gun from Harrison's sizable firearms collection. Rudy is immediately concerned about her armament in her current mental state, which they conceal from Ivy. He does tell Ivy that he's concerned about Ally developing agoraphobia and that she should be monitored as often as possible.

A knock on the door triggers Ally's anxiety, and she finds Kai on her porch. He's campaigning for City Council. She denies him entry, and he launches into a platform based on security. Despite rebuffing him, he notes that her security precautions are new. She eventually slams the door in his intimidating face.

Pedro pleads his innocence to Ivy.

Winter is putting Oz to bed, and he wants to do the pinky ritual again. Winter declines, telling him to ask if he's unsure if he's awake or dreaming. She finds Ally contemplating her medication, and urges her to relax and runs a bath for her. While in the tub, Ally reluctantly accepts a sponge bath from Winter culminating in a seduction attempt, interrupted by the security alarm and an invasion by a clown into Oz's room. When he asks, Oz is told he is asleep (though he is not).

Harrison bangs on the window and tells Winter and Ally that the blackout is a coordinated terrorist attack, which prompts Winter to leave to protect and defend her home. Ally calls Ivy, who is trying to preserve their refrigerated meat. Mid-call, the battery dies and Ivy sends Pedro to the house with supplies. Ally realizes she is locked in the house with an invader, and she sees the ice cream truck that Oz described parking outside. In a panic, she finds her security system has been sabotaged. She collects the gun from where it's hidden and she wakes Oz and takes him to the kitchen with a plan to flee to the neighbors. She sees a figure outside and shoots out of reflex. Pedro falls dead at the doorstep.

Featured Characters

Pedro Morales

Pedro Morales is one of The Butchery On Main employees since the opening of the restaurant. He has a good relationship with the owners, Ivy and Ally, but he does not get along with Roger, the sous chef, because of frustration based on prejudices. Because of these disputes, Pedro becomes the first suspect in Roger's murder. Because of the origins of his family, Pedro was often accused of being a clandestine immigrant, despite being born in San Diego, California.

Sent by Ivy to her house to bring some goods of first necessity to Ally during a blackout, Pedro was shot by Ally who mistook him for an assailant during one of her nervous breakdowns.


Roger was the sous chef of the Butchery On Main. He is not sympathetic towards his subjects and is quite unpleasant in his behavior. He has a particular dislike for kitchen worker Pedro Morales, based on racial prejudices. He was hanged to one of the hooks in the restaurant refrigerator along with the carcasses of the butcher's meat. Found by Ally, he is accidentally killed by her in an attempt to remove him from the hook.


  • Ally (to Ivy)
    I think there might be something wrong with me. I don't know what's real anymore.
  • Winter (to Oz)
    You're going to give me your fear, Oz. I'm going to keep it for you. It's going to make us both stronger.
  • Kai (to Ally)
    You see, you need to give a humiliated man some way to redeem himself in his own eyes, or else he's at risk to be drawn into darkness. Like Germany, after World War I.


Raised Questions

  • Is Oz starting to hallucinate too?
  • Is Twisty a ghost?
  • Are the Wiltons really that friendly?
  • Who assaulted Roger?
  • Which side is Winter on?
  • Why would you send a charger to a house without power?
  • Who was standing behind Ally when Kai came to visit her house at her door?



  1. FX Networks, American Horror Story - Cult
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