(Note: This post contains spoilers for the Oct. 24 episode of “American Horror Story: Cult.”)
Episode 8 of “American Horror Story: Cult,” “Winter of Our Discontent,” threw some serious curve balls at fans of the series. Throughout the latest episode, plenty were asking themselves just what the hell was going on as clown cult leader Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) became weirder than ever before.
The driving force of the episode was the growing tension between Kai and the women in the cult. After Kai got one follower, Meadow (Leslie Grossman), to stage a fake assassination attempt to get him national spotlight, he apparently turned the cult into a male-centric endeavor. His sister, Winter (Billie Lourd), and followers Ivy (Alison Pill) and Beverly (Adina Porter) were feeling marginalized, and it made them want to strike back. Last week, they killed Harrison (Billy Eichner) as part of their retaliation.
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But Winter still trusts Kai, and she started the episode trying to talk the others down from turning on him. She told a story about how Kai saved her life two years earlier, and started down his murderous path. But fans aren’t really buying Kai’s supposedly altruistic origins.
Kai's actually a good guy ? #AHSCult pic.twitter.com/yQKOx2QmbO
— Alex lock (@asimoalex) October 25, 2017
That was it?? That was winter's sob story for kai's behavior???#AHSCult pic.twitter.com/kwKUaJZNqs
— trophy husband (@SohailBuddy) October 25, 2017
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The real “WTF” moment came a little later, though. Doing their “pinky power” thing, in which the Anderson kids hold each other at the pinky finger and agree never to lie to one another, Kai told Winter about his plans for his movement’s future — and the next generation.
When Winter asked if Kai was suggesting incest, he explained that Samuels (Colton Haynes) would be the third party in their attempt to make a “messiah baby.”
Fans were shocked and confused, to say the least.
Is Kai…. wanting a baby? With his baby sister??? #AHSCult pic.twitter.com/hu5KVAFiZt
— Danielle Taylor (@daniellet_5) October 25, 2017
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Kai has officially lost his rabbit ass mind. #AHSCult pic.twitter.com/WfDBlXmNE5
— Gee (@NMyZ0N3) October 25, 2017
#AHSCult WTF WTF WTF
— Kat (@Crxsselia_) October 25, 2017
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That…took a turn #AHSCult pic.twitter.com/yh0clZv0DQ
— trisha 2 (@snacciavelli) October 25, 2017
umm what #ahscult pic.twitter.com/rX601OEFd3
— amber 🐙 (@mellowslinkyb) October 25, 2017
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“Our family?” … “The one we’re going to make” #AHSCult pic.twitter.com/esfuG4pAhU
— emleschh (@emleschh) October 25, 2017
Wtf Kai #AHSCult pic.twitter.com/YplaBLUpAT
— Monica Griffith (@mdg1116) October 25, 2017
Wait what #AHSCult pic.twitter.com/A0eS7CEU2k
— 🍊🦅🦁🇺🇸 (@suzytrz1973) October 25, 2017
Kai…… #AHSCult pic.twitter.com/6TfKagBS9u
— britt (@brittaroni) October 25, 2017
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#AHSCult I'd be scarred for life pic.twitter.com/dhCWLtNKMU
— 𝙷𝚊𝚣𝚎 (@KZeroXX) October 25, 2017
Oh Kai on some Lannister shxt #AHSCult pic.twitter.com/QOm7RcbSsu
— Duck'd Off (@only1ESearcy) October 25, 2017
While people were having a hard time dealing with Kai’s request (or the part of the episode where he, Winter and Samuels tried and failed to enact the “ritual”), they were happy about one thing. Ally (Sarah Paulson) is back, and she’s apparently gotten over her “being afraid of everything and screaming constantly” problem. She even invited Kai to dinner for a parley.
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this truly is the sarah paulson we all love and deserve #AHSCult
— Colby (@originalgenome) October 25, 2017
I have a feeling that manwich is made of actual man. #AHSCult
— Kaitlyn. (@KaitDurham) October 25, 2017
So ally will no longer be screaming #AHSCult
— Andressa Holiday (@andressaholiday) October 25, 2017
Ally just became a bad ass #AHSCult
— Vaderswife (@Darkravenlotus) October 25, 2017
Little did fans know there was one more big “WTF” moment coming. The episode ended with another powerful reveal — that Ally was the newest member of the clown cult, much to wife Ivy’s shock.
Fans were just as shook by the revelation as Ivy.
YALL ALLY IS A PART OF IF I AM SCREAMING #AHSCult
— bre (@breleonnaa) October 25, 2017
ALLY IS GONNA TAKE THE CULT DOWN FROM THE INSIDE OMG WHAT A QUEEN #AHSCult
— dakota (@PowerOfDakota) October 25, 2017
Ally is about to get all of them … join them , learn the game, then take them out #AHSCult pic.twitter.com/6DWTJTzN5M
— 🥵 𝒟𝑜𝓊𝒷𝓁𝑒 𝒞’𝓈 🥶 (@_iamcali) October 25, 2017
#AHSCult if you can't beat em join umm pic.twitter.com/hrBUsOyEbc
— armoni mitchell (@armoni_mitchell) October 25, 2017
The ending of this weeks #AHSCult got me like pic.twitter.com/pLP8EDFIWi
— Feenay (@aquaFina2214) October 25, 2017
With three episodes left in “American Horror Story: Cult,” one can’t help but wonder how the series can get much crazier, or more shocking, than it already is. Fans are ready to see it try, though.