I just finished watching yesterday’s episode of FX’s American Horror Story: Cult and I am still trembling. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. The violence in this episode was beyond extreme, flashing back to the Charles Manson murders and glorifying the other stabbing of recurring character, Gary which had me shielding my eyes and cringing. That was not the hardest part to watch for me, however. It was the look in Evan Peters’s eyes who plays Kai when he choked the last breath of life out of his beloved sister, Winter, portrayed by Billie Lourd. The acting in American Horror Story: Cult has surpassed the previous seasons in my opinion. It was wonderful to see Bille Lourd branch out of supporting role in Fox’s canceled series, Scream Queens and bring a truly haunting element to her character while still being likable behind her empty stares. The stand out performance for me has been Evan Peters who is so believable as his character, Kai Anderson, that it makes me fear what would happen if this character truly existed in the real world.
This series has had its share of ups and downs for me as I have been trying to follow along to see which plot twist to cling to more, as a new story branches out with each episode. The beginning of the series had me waking up in the middle of the night, clutching my teddy bear, fearing that one of the dreaded clown-masked culprits had broken in. The series has grown past Ally’s fears and paranoia, played brilliantly by the wonderful Sarah Paulson, however. She has grown into a strong woman filled with rage, clarity, and an unquenched thirst for revenge, as she has been picking apart Kai’s plan going unnoticed.
Kai made several comments throughout this most recent episode about how inferior women are to men and how they can never lead because they were too emotional. However, Ally and Beverly are about to unravel that as they continue to cut deeper into Kai’s own emotional baggage which has now spilled out into the open after killing his own sister for fear of her possible betrayal. After the killing off of some major characters, it makes the viewer wonder who will survive it all and come out on top. I for one am counting the days until the finale next Tuesday and the preview suggests that Ally and Beverly will undo everything that Kai has tried to accomplish and unleash the untamed rage to the surface of these scorned and no longer broken women.
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl