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‘AHS: Cult’ Will Include Evan Peters as Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and More

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AHS: Cult has been building some buzz recently (get it? Because bee hive? I’m sorry). First we caught a glimpse at the opening credits (with a thematically updated version of the ultra creepy iconic theme song), and more recently they’ve released a season trailer (see below). But wait, there’s more! In a recent report from Deadline, Ryan Murphy has confirmed some of the characters we can expect to see in American Horror Story‘s 7th season.

According to Deadline, Evan Peters will be portraying a few infamous cult leaders, including Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and David Koresh. In a media Q&A, Murphy explained;

“We examine how those people rise to power and why people followed them, when we can look at what happened and they’re all such idiots. But for some reason, there was something going on in the culture, at that time, where people were so disenfranchised that they were like, ‘I’m going to follow you, Charles Manson, and I’m going to do whatever you say.’”

As rumored by Reddit (and now confirmed to be true), Lena Dunham will portray Valerie Solanas, the radical feminist and author of the SCUM Manifesto. You may also know her as the woman who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in the late 1960s.

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Murphy had wanted to build a season around Charles Manson, but after working at it for three years it never came to fruition. Each October, Murphy needs to lock down the theme for the season, and of course the upcoming election was at the front of everyone’s minds.

Naturally, this was the perfect opportunity to examine the “cult of personality”. It’s an exploration of how people can and will follow any leader that appeals to them – and how easy it is to take advantage of that during divisive times.

So if you hadn’t noticed by now, yes, the new season does have a bit of a political flair to it. AHS: Cult is set in Michigan and begins on election night. But according to Murphy,

 “It’s not about Trump. It’s not about Clinton. It’s about somebody who has the wherewithal to put their finger up in the wind and see what’s happening, and is using that to rise up, and using people’s vulnerabilities about how they’re afraid, they’re feeling vulnerable, and they don’t know where to turn.”

This season will also have no supernatural elements – it will instead focus on anxieties, fears, and the horrible things people can do to each other. Honestly, to me, that’s more terrifying than any ghost could ever be.

American Horror Story: Cult begins September 5. Watch the trailer below and tell us what you think in the comments.

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