(Major spoilers ahead for the Sept. 26 episode of “American Horror Story: Cult.”)
“American Horror Story: Cult” jumped back in time in its fourth episode, “11/9,” and filled in some much-needed gaps on who’s in the cult — and who might be.
The episode went back to follow several key characters from Election Night up to the show’s present. It presented a ton of new information about Kai Anderson (Evan Peters), who originally seemed like a regular bigot. As it turns out, Kai has been adjusting his apparent beliefs to recruit a number of people to his murdery cause, and this episode finally showed exactly how he’s done it.
One of the biggest events, though, was the return of “American Horror Story” alumna Emma Roberts to the cast as newscaster Serina, much to the delight of many fans.
— Julian???????? (@jujulian1223) September 27, 2017
— Jay R (@JayR_Ced) September 27, 2017
— MD (@Pass_da_chicken) September 27, 2017
— rihennessy (@babygirlchiyani) September 27, 2017
— Tony Fuentes (@King_tonyyyy) September 27, 2017
Next, the story jumped over to Billy Eichner’s neighbor from hell character, Harrison, to detail how he and Meadow (Leslie Grossman) came to live across the street from the perpetually terrorized Ally (Sarah Paulson). Turns out, Kai’s been working on turning Harrison to his side for a while.
For fans, the whole episode made Kai creepier than ever before — in a (kind of) good way.
— Diamond✨ (@diamondsaysss) September 27, 2017
The scariest thing is how easy Kai is to believe…how easy it is to be inspired by him…how convincing he is…#AHSCult
— Giuliana Carr (@GiulsCarr) September 27, 2017
— the birthday boy. (@Blvck_Picvsso) September 27, 2017
— Brandon Hooker (@brandonhooker47) September 27, 2017
While Kai getting his hooks into Harrison made sense for fans — after all, Harrison’s boss sure was an absolute jerk — it was Meadow’s response to a certain “discovering your husband cutting up a dead body” scene that really resonated.
*walks into bathroom*
*sees husband cutting off someone's head*
— Cosette (@c_fauchelevent) September 27, 2017
— Khae (@KhaelahM) September 27, 2017
The flashback episode also filled in a lot of story for Beverly (Adina Porter), the news reporter who, up until now, has mostly popped up around the action but hasn’t been a fleshed-out character. That changed in a hurry, and Episode 4 apparently won Beverly a few new fans — especially when she bashed a harassing heckler with her microphone on-air.
Beverly is my new favorite character. #AHSCult
— Vanessa Grisso (@vanessa_grisso) September 27, 2017
#AHSCult OH SHE CLOCKED HIM HOLY COW
— theodora (@freshwaterlip) September 27, 2017
Bro I would have gone crazy too #AHSCult
— Haylisha (@HaylishaP) September 27, 2017
— Justified Wordnerd???? (@JusHeather) September 27, 2017
Unfortunately for people excited to see Roberts’ return, it was a bit short-lived.
— asnizzle:) (@avaxbelle) September 27, 2017
— Kerri Adler (@Kerri_Lauren) September 27, 2017
The biggest development, though, was finally seeing how Ivy (Alison Pill), Winter (Billie Lourd), Gary Longstreet (Chaz Bono) and Kai all fit together, along with everyone else.
— gloom boys (@amber__reenay) September 27, 2017
The biggest source of excitement? The fact that fans are finally starting to figure out Kai’s plan.
— (kat)herine (@medkatt_) September 27, 2017
Kai’s plan: deaths for more recruiting and more deaths to recruit and more deaths and more people to recruit. #AHSCult
— I Like Koalas (@I_Like_Koalas) September 27, 2017
#AHSCult SO KAI IS COLLECTING PEOPLE TO BE CLOWNS AND THEN THEY MAKE IT SEEM LIKE THEY DONT KNOW WHATS GOING ON AFTER THE COPS ARE CALLED
— Low Rent Gerard Way (@liquidtomIinson) September 27, 2017
— Lil Nicki (@laddyyjayy) September 27, 2017
Or are they?
Honestly the biggest plot twist would be if Kai is completely innocent to this whole entire thing #AHSCult
— sabrina (@sabribri_swims) September 27, 2017