American Horror Story: 13 of the most underrated characters

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT -- Pictured: Sarah Paulson as Ally Mayfair-Richards. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT -- Pictured: Sarah Paulson as Ally Mayfair-Richards. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX /
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SANTA MONICA, CA – DECEMBER 11: Actress Sarah Paulson attends The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA – DECEMBER 11: Actress Sarah Paulson attends The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) /

Season 7 – Cult

Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson)

At the beginning of Cult, most fans would agree that Ally didn’t possess a lot of strength. She struggled with a number of crippling phobias and felt like she was going mad. Her insanity was eventually justifiable after we realized that her character was being targeted by Kai at the direction of a cult member, and Ally’s own wife, Ivy. The newfound truth set off one of the best comeback stories spanning the entire American Horror Story series.

After a brief stint in a psychiatric facility, Ally came back stronger and ready to take back her life. She found out that Ivy wanted her to go crazy so she could get sole custody of their son so Ally took revenge on her lying wife and poisoned her.

Ally then manipulated Kai by joining the cult, which resulted in destruction from the inside. With Kai incarcerated, Ally decided to run for Senate and even anticipated his assassination attempt during her first debate. She eventually won the Senate seat and became a feminist hero. Talk about a character pulling a 180 turn.

Winter Anderson (Billie Lourd)

Winter only joined the cult led by her brother due to the election results. After growing up in an abusive home, the death of her parents, and a history of self-harm, Winter was portrayed as a somber young woman. From the encouragement from Kai, she took on the role of Oz’s nanny in the effort to expose him to things that would help drive Ally mad.

As awful as some of the things she took part in were, it was believed that Winter was terrified of her brother. She wanted to believe there was still good in him but that denial eventually led to her death. Winter should have left the cult when she had the chance but she was too loyal. Ally lied and outed Winter as the mole so Kai strangled his own sister.
As awful as some of the things she took part in were, it was believed that Winter was terrified of her brother. She wanted to believe there was still good in him but that denial eventually led to her death. Winter should have left the cult when she had the chance but she was too loyal. Ally lied and outed Winter as the mole so Kai strangled his own sister. /

Fans of Cult can relive the horror by re-watching all of American Horror Story season seven’s episodes when the DVD becomes available on September 18. Relive the 11 heart-pounding episodes that centered on a Michigan woman plagued by phobias and terror at the hands of a young cult leader. The season, which gained positive praise from critics, garnered Emmy nominations for Sarah Paulson (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie) and Adina Porter (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie). The results will be announced as part of the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17. The cast is also highlighted by standout stars Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Billy Eichner, and Leslie Grossman.

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse premieres September 12 on FX. What underrated characters would you add to the list, tell us in the comments!