Evan Peters May Be the Mastermind of 'AHS: Cult', But Billie Lourd Is the Star
Lourd's performance in 'AHS: Cult' is making major waves.
[This article contains spoilers from American Horror Story: Cult episode 1, "Election Night."]
American Horror Story keeps it fresh with a new theme every season, but it also employs some of the best talent Hollywood has to offer. Just one episode of Cult has aired, and we can already say it with confidence: Evan Peters may be the season's mastermind, but Billie Lourd will be the star. Lourd's Winter Anderson emerged on Tuesday like a breath of fresh air, her character bizarre, nuanced, and compelling, a little like Lourd herself. It didn't take long for fans to take note that, while Sarah Paulson's Ally, Allison Pill's Ivy, and Peters' Kai will be the lifeblood of Cult's story, Winter is the one to watch.
What makes Winter immediately stand out is that throughout the course of Cult's premiere, "Election Night," she's seen as two very different people. Pre-election Winter is a satirical take on a millennial woman — her history with self-harm is revealed before she demands a major news site post a trigger warning prior to election results — whereas post-election Winter is a bonafide sociopath.
Between election night and present day, Kai, her brother, seems to have stripped her of that stereotypical liberal "sensitivity," crafting her into his little minion. Normally, we don't see much of a character transformation play out on AHS. It's a new approach to storytelling, and Lourd is killing it.
Winter snakes her way into Aly and Ivy's two-mom household as a nanny for their child, Ozzie. On night one, she logs into the dark web and shows Ozzie videos of dead people. Conveniently, their next door neighbors are also being murdered that night, which she drags Ozzie over to witness like it's a typical evening playdate. We suspect Winter is performing on Ozzie the same sort of sanity exorcism Kai performed on her, but only time will tell.
Kai is smart and charismatic and terrifying, but there's something so captivating about Lourd, whose character is strange, unpredictable, and more shrouded in mystery.
History proves Peters will rock the Cult, but right now, all eyes are on Billie.