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Ally On 'AHS: Cult' Has Dissociative Identity Disorder And Is Scaring Herself, And We Can Prove It

American Horror Story Season 7 opens with a montage of news footage from the 2016 presidential election, replaying the very real fears many Americans felt when Donald Trump was declared the winner. Ally (Sarah Paulson), her wife Ivy (Alison Pill), and friends watch the election results come in and can't believe their eyes. Is this really happening?

Viewers of the show were also asking, "Is this really happening?" in another sense when marauding clowns attack Ally, then go on to commit murder. Who or what are these killer clowns? While fan theories have pointed fingers at everyone from Ivy to psychiatrist Dr. Rudy Vincent (Cheyenne Jackson), it's possible that Ally is the real villain of American Horror Story

Ally suffers from debilitating phobias (most notably coulrophobia, a fear of clowns). She is deeply traumatized by Donald Trump's election and this stress triggers a mental breakdown. Perhaps Ally is schizophrenic and the clowns are hallucinations. Or she may suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder) and one of her fractured alter-egos is a deranged clown. It's even possible that whatever mental disorder is leading her to see clowns everywhere has been passed down to her son, too.

AHS:Cult takes its inspiration from an era of "fake news," playing with distorted perceptions, confusion, and unreality. Are the clowns real? Does Ally have multiple personalities? Is Ally just imagining the clowns? Or even more disturbingly, is her imagination causing them to appear in the real world? Let's explore.

WARNING: Season 7 spoilers ahead!