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Next week’s sixth episode of the current season of American Horror Story could be delayed, axed or re-edited in light of the tragic mass-shooting in Las Vegas on October 1.
AHS: Cult’s next instalment is titled Mid-Western Assassin, and reportedly features opening and closing scenes in which a single shooter storms a political rally and opens fire on the unsuspecting attendees.
In a chilling coincidence, the sequence mirrors the tragic real-life events of Sunday, in which (to date) 58 people were killed and another 489 injured when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
Of course, the episode was shot and edited earlier in the year, with producers of the FX horror series unaware what was to transpire in Vegas this month.
The current season of the hit series – which re-brands every year and focuses on a different ‘horror’ genre albeit using mostly the same cast – focuses on a cult based in Michigan who are terrorizing a town in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s rise to power.
Politically-driven the season centres around Evan Peters’ character Kai, who is the ring leader of the group, who run around in deformed clown masks and kill various people of note.
While it’s been gory enough up until now (the fifth episode has already aired in the US and will air on Friday night in the UK), guns have only featured occasionally (Sarah Paulson’s manic character Ally accidentally shot her employee Pedro Morales (Jorge-Luis Pallo) during a power cut having been given a gun by her neighbours) and nothing of this scale as taken place in the show yet.
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