American Horror Story: Cult is slated to air episode 6 titled “Mid-Western Assassin” Tuesday, October 10. However, it may be delayed or skipped altogether, due to the fact that there is a scene where a mass shooting occurs. It is believed that the episode may be traumatizing in light of the events in Las Vegas on October 1, where Stephen Paddock shot into a crowd & killed 59 people and wounded over 500 others.
If the episode does not air, will the season still be able to convey what creator Ryan Murphy has set out to do? Will the season make sense? American Horror Story is an anthology series that is different each season. Each episode builds on the previous one to make sense and tell a story. However, AHS has only 10 to 13 episodes a season. AHS is also well known for being gory. Maybe fans of the series would expect nothing less than the violence and gore that AHS is renowned. This would not be the first mass shooting portrayed during the series. In Season 1, Evan Peters character, Tate Langdon, committed school shooting reminiscence of Columbine shooting in 1999. Mid-Western Assassin was filmed months ago, however, it is an unfortunate coincidence that the Las Vegas shooting is so close to the slated airing of this episode.
There is precedence for not airing an episode where a tragedy has occurred in the real world. Buffy The Vampire Slayer had an episode filmed and ready to show where a lone gunman was thought to be on the loose ready to murder as many students of Sunnydale High as possible. It was scheduled to appear one week after the shooting at Columbine High. The show decided to postpone that episode several months. The episode was able to still make sense in the Buffy universe and no one was the wiser that it was later than expected. The show Hannibal delayed the airing of one their episodes involving murderous children in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting.
There is still no word on whether it will be delayed or not. The decision to not air the AHS episode will more than likely come down to FX CEO John Landgraf. So, we the fans of AHS should not be surprised if they do decide not to show that episode this week. I, for one, would understand, however, knowing the series as I do, will not hold any animosity if the episode is aired or not. Tune in Tuesday evening to see for yourself.
Written by Kristy S
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