In the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas than ended with 58 people dead and almost 500 wounded, FX has announced plans to make “substantial edits” to an upcoming episode of American Horror Story: Cult that will focus on a mass shooting.
In a statement to Deadline, the network confirmed that in light of the tragedy series creator Ryan Murphy and the series’ producers made the choice to significantly edit the opening scene of the episode, which airs tomorrow night. This follows up on earlier reports that noted the episode could see some edits before making it to air.
The scene was reportedly filmed two months ago and “portrays an occurrence of gun violence that has sadly become all too common in our country,” according to the network. Out of respect for those affected, the network will air the edited version during the show’s regularly scheduled broadcast.
For fans who want to see the unedited cut of the episode, the network plans to still release it on VOD services, as well as on the networks non-linear online platforms like FXNOW and FX+. All things considered, it looks to be a wise and respectful move, or at least the best move left, considering. No network wants to be known for airing a mass shooting scene so soon after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, but making the episode available for fans who want to seek it out still allows them to honor the art as it was intended to be consumed.
American Horror Story: Cult airs Tuesday night on FX.