According to early reviews of the new show, Eichner's character — who we know, thanks to cast photos, will be playing a man named Harrison Wilton — is a literal beekeeper, which means that, no, the bees wouldn't just be a metaphor for the cult having a "hive mind."
"I get to be dramatic and violent and sexual," the Difficult People star told ET. "People may not be prepared to see that side of me."
One of American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy's earliest clues about the upcoming season had to do with the buzzing insects. He shared an image of a person wearing what seemed to be a cozy sweater to Instagram, only to horrify fans who realized that the person in the pic was actually being swarmed by bees.
Murphy recently revealed a big reason for having the hive dwellers in the show. During a Q&A at a special press screening of American Horror Story: Cult's early episodes, Murphy told the press, per Entertainment Weekly, "Bees are the original cult."