‘American Horror Stories’: Episode 4 Name, Plot, and Release Date

Fans of Ryan Murphy’s classic, American Horror Story, are excited to continue watching his spinoff. American Horror Stories is another horror anthology series, but each episode (or, in some cases, two episodes) features a different storyline. We’re already looking forward to what episode 4 has in store. Here’s what we know about the next episode, including the cast, the plot, and when it premieres.

[Spoiler alert: Spoilers at the end regarding rumors about the season finale of American Horror Stories.]

‘American Horror Stories’ Episode 4 name, plot, and premiere date

The first two episodes of American Horror Stories centered on a familiar setting — the “murder house” from AHS Season 1. The new spinoff brought in Scarlett, a new character who moved into the home with her two fathers. After Scarlett found the rubber suit from the first season of the original show, she wore it to kill several bullies from her high school. Eventually, she escaped the murder house.

The third episode of the spinoff involved a drive-in movie theater. The drive-in screened a “forbidden film,” and even the most loyal fans didn’t expect the twist ending.

So, what’s in store for episode 4? According to FanSided, the fourth episode is titled, “The Naughty List.” The synopsis notes, “A group of influencers face a reckoning after posting a problematic video.”

Given the name of the episode, we might be able to glean a few clues from the first American Horror Stories trailer. The trailer shows a young man begging Santa Claus to trust that he believes in him. Santa then seems to kill the young man while chanting, “Ho, ho, ho.”

The cast for episode 4 has been released

The official cast has also been released for American Horror Stories episode 4. According to an official Twitter post, the episode features Kevin McHale as Barry, Nico Greetham as Zinn, Dyllon Burnside as James, Charles Melton as Wyatt, Danny Trejo as Santa, Taneko Johnson as Detective Gibbs, and Rowland Akinduro as D.J.

Trejo is one of the biggest-name actors in the entire anthology series. At 77 years old, the actor is slated to make an excellent Santa Claus — especially with so much experience playing the villainous character. In the past, he’s talked about his difficult upbringing, and over a decade spent in prison, helped shape his life, and his acting, today.

“There’s hope,” he said during an interview with CBC Radio in July 2021. “It doesn’t matter where you start. It matters where you end. Everything good that has happened to me happened as a direct result of helping someone else. So the more good you put out, the more good you get. It’s that simple.”

When will ‘American Horror Stories’ be on Hulu?

'American Horror Stories' black and red logo, the spinoff of 'American Horror Story' from Ryan Murphy
‘American Horror Stories’ logo | Hulu

So, when can fans get their hands on American Horror Stories? Viewers can stream the first three episodes on Hulu, and episode 4 releases on Thursday, July 29, 2021, on Hulu.

Don’t like the first few episodes? There’s plenty more on the horizon. According to Murphy, the new spinoff will have a total of 16 episodes. This brings the finale all the way into October 2021.

“We are doing 16 one-hour stand-alone episodes delving into horror myths, legends, and lore … many of these episodes will feature AHS stars you know and love,” the show creator announced via Twitter.

This doesn’t fall in line with the current rumors surrounding the series, though. Rumors suggest the first season is only seven episodes long, with the last episode burning the “murder house” to the ground. We’ll have to wait and see how the first season of the spinoff actually ends and whether the season lasts as long as Murphy initially suggested.

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