I'll say this for FX and show creator Ryan Murphy (The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story): if people don't swarm to American Horror Story: Cult's Season 7 premiere this Tuesday night, it won't be for lack of some serious marketing "trying" on their parts.
The PR machine kept rolling on Friday with the release of a new motion comic spotlighting the murderous machinations of American Horror Story: Freak Show's very own resident psychotic clown Twisty (John Carroll Lynch) that you can check out for yourself below:
The inclusion of Twisty in the new season does seem to follow through on a promise Murphy made in an interview with Entertainment Weekly last year that the series would delve into the "deeper histories and mythologies" of Freak Show. Lynch's Twisty was a particularly tragic and horrific tale: run out of his first love, the circus, by false accusations of child molestation as a young man, he would suffer a series of personal and professional failures that would drive him to a failed suicide-by-shotgun attempt.
With a disturbing new "mission," Twisty the Clown began abducting children to "save" them from their parents…in his mind, the way he should've been saved as a boy. By the end of the season, Twisty would be killed and dragged to Hell by the ghost of Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley), joining Mordrake's hellish travelling freak show for eternity.
Where things get a little complicated and even more interesting is that fact that while Murphy confirmed during a Q&A after a critic's screening of Cult's first three episodes that Lynch was able to return to shoot a few episodes, there wouldn't be any supernatural elements to the season. As we can see from the trailer below, Twisty's presence is definitely felt in comic book and doll form; and one can't help but wonder if there isn't a little Twisty-worshiping cult action going on. If you factor in the possibilities of Twisty appearing in flashbacks or in hallucinations involving Sarah Paulson's clown-phobic Ally, it's very easy to see just how much of a role Twisty can have this season.
American Horror Story: Cult premieres on FX on Tuesday, September 5th. Billie Lourd, Lena Dunham, Allison Pill, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman have been tapped to join returning American Horror Story stars Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, Cheyenne Jackson and Adina Porter.