American Horror Story is known for its twists; at the beginning of every season, viewers are waiting for the ball to drop. Last season with Roanoke, the whole series turned out to be different than what the audience expected when it was revealed that the stories were within a reenactment TV show. This season, some viewers wonder if characters aren't who they seem to be. One suspect is Ivy, Ally's wife. Is Ivy a clown on AHS: Cult? This theory gets more realistic with each passing week.
Fans cannot resist theorizing from the beginning, so the idea that Ivy is in Kai's cult sprung up shortly after the premiere. This was due to her assuring Ally that she was just imagining things, that the clowns that were taunting her were all in her head. Ally is also alone when her phobias arise. Ivy is conveniently never with her; Ally has to relay whatever happened to her after the fact. Where is Ivy in those moments? Maybe she isn't as absent as some may think. Furthermore, Ivy seems more concerned with their restaurant, Butchery on Main, than her wife's mental health. As the weeks have gone on, the evidence has only stacked up against her.
There are several instances where it seems like Ivy is actively working against Ally. Reddit user SkankBank00 pointed out that their home has a tapestry that could trigger Ally's trypophobia. Another Reddit user, monsterzinc6, believes that Ivy has been in a cult with Kai and Winter since the beginning; this would explain why Ivy didn't have the visceral reaction to Kai spilling coffee on Ally earlier this season.
Those are just two examples of weird behavior from Ivy. In the latest episode, it's revealed that "clownz" is Ivy's parental control password for Oz. Why would Ivy choose one of her wife's phobias for a password? And why is it such an easy password to figure out? (Seriously, add some numbers or exclamation points or something.) Additionally, when Oz was upset about his guinea pig, he said he "wished he could get rid of" Ally. What did Ivy do? Nothing! Wouldn't she feel the urge to defend her loving wife? Another clue could be in Ivy's wardrobe. She is seen wearing a striped shirt in multiple scenes — and one killer clown is seen wearing a strikingly similar shirt. This is something only eagle-eyed fans may spot. I wouldn't bank on this being definitive evidence of Ivy's involvement, but it does not bode well for her given the other evidence.
I'm not just here to convince viewers that Ivy is a clown: I want to play devil's advocate, too. Reddit user 614Hudson thinks this is all part of Ryan Murphy's plan to make viewers question Ivy, only to have the twist be something else entirely. Considering how out of nowhere the Roanoke turn was, I think this could be possible. "Historically (albeit with exceptions), storylines involving lesbians end the same way: doom, gloom, and someone going back to men," 614Hudson argued. "It's trite and predictable. I don't think [Murphy] would write it and I don't think Sarah Paulson would play it." Perhaps, then, Ivy really does love Ally, and their story won't end in the classic "doom and gloom" other lesbian couples in TV and film have faced.
Another point to consider is that Ally may not be a reliable narrator. With all her phobias, perhaps she is beginning to believe her family is out to get her as well. This could explain why her psychiatrist is acting so shady as well. Is she really making this all up in her head? Is Ivy even real? Is this all a figment of her imagination? Viewers need to keep watching (while they keep theorizing) to find out if what they believe about Ivy is true.
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