(Note: This post contains spoilers through the Oct. 10 episode of “American Horror Story: Cult.”)
Even when they think you know what’s going on in “American Horror Story: Cult,” the show manages to throw some ridiculous twists at fans.
First, “American Horror Story: Cult” opened with a shooting at a campaign rally for secret cult leader Kai Anderson (Evan Peterson). And it looked like Ally (Sarah Paulson) was the shooter.
— Krystal Flack (@KrystalLeigh) October 11, 2017
That was a shocker for fans at the start, but the episode then dialed back in time to another major event: Ally rescuing Meadow (Leslie Grossman) from the cult. Finally, it seemed, Ally had a friend who could help her deal with this whole murder clown thing.
— bee ???? (@extratayrestria) October 11, 2017
— Sleep (@INSOMNIAhuman) October 11, 2017
— Dibrianys Duran (@dibrithenerd) October 11, 2017
— Lissa (@_lovelylissa525) October 11, 2017
But plenty of fans were also immediately suspicious. They’d been burned by seemingly non-cult characters before. Repeatedly.
— ???????????? (@amoreona) October 11, 2017
For some reason I feel like Meadow isn't telling the whole truth ???? #AHSCULT
— Sarina Hamling (@Sarina_paige) October 11, 2017
I don’t think Ally can be that gullible. This story sounds fishy #AHSCULT
— Yerko Medina (@chill_justshoot) October 11, 2017
I’m still trying to figure out why they didn’t just kill Meadow instead of beating around the bush multiple times. Issa scam ????????♀️ #AHSCult
— Yolanda (@LadyMockingjay) October 11, 2017
This episode also saw the introduction of “American Horror Story” regular Mare Winningham, who popped up as Sally, a woman who sees right through Kai’s brand of fear-mongering. Fans were pretty delighted to see her take him apart in public during a city counsel debate.
YES GIRL !! DRAG HIM #AHSCult
— spooky miah (@leasemylov) October 11, 2017
Sally is savage #AHSCult
— I Like Koalas (@I_Like_Koalas) October 11, 2017
#AHSCult she just signed her own death warrant
— NoraTene' ???? (@NoraTene) October 11, 2017
Mare Winningham is killing it!!! Kai does not like being challenged. THIS IS GONNA BE SO GOOD!! #ahscult
— Sara Denise Perez (@sdp4u) October 11, 2017
But the heart of the plot of most of “American Horror Story: Cult” has been Ally and her relationship with her wife, Ivy (Alison Pill). This episode featured quite a bit about Ivy’s induction into the cult, and her resentment toward Ally. Turns out, Ivy really was gaslighting Ally with her clown pals, as lots of fans suspected.
In general, though, fans had some questions about the pair’s choices.
— paige (@alyciasmarvel) October 11, 2017
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— AIMEE (@aimeenunu) October 11, 2017
— Pretty Keia (@keiafar) October 11, 2017
ivy u ever heard of divorce instead of murder hun #AHSCult
— lauren (@chyleighdnvrs) October 11, 2017
— •kendall• (@IzzoKendall) October 11, 2017
— He.Pops.Bubbles (@MellyXCV) October 11, 2017
— Whitney (@wqueen1) October 11, 2017
As many fans expected, Sally wasn’t long for the show — but most were pretty annoyed with Ally’s usual “freak out and shutdown” response in the face of danger.
I really like this character, so she'll definitely be dead by the end of the episode. #AHSCult
— Ashley (@AngelusPravus) October 11, 2017
— LiLi (@dcb1stofhername) October 11, 2017
— Shannon de Cógáin (@shanruss07) October 11, 2017
— Kc (@93pct_stardust) October 11, 2017
— ✨DeVonna ✨ (@DeVonna13) October 11, 2017
Sally standing up to Kai was great, and plenty of people continue to be irritated with Ivy, but it was the episode’s big ending twist that blew the most minds.
— Briii Marie (@Bri_Bankston13) October 11, 2017
— 행복 (@Juanito29434) October 11, 2017
— PARIS (@birmingmix) October 11, 2017
Poor Meadow didn't get that Kai had her kill two birds w/one stone- get him national attention & take herself out as a complication #AHSCult
— Nicole Walker (@tniwalker) October 11, 2017
I KNEW THERE WAS A PLAN WITH MEADOW !! #AHSCult
— Ana Karen (@melanancholy) October 11, 2017
— ???? (@MESSYTESTES) October 11, 2017
— Darrell (@darrell_harry) October 11, 2017
There were still a few things fans were wondering about, though. News circulated last week that this episode of “American Horror Story: Cult” had had its shooting scenes recut in response to the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas last week. To many, “AHS” still seemed pretty graphic.
— ✨loraina✨ (@_DopeLolo) October 11, 2017
And one other question still lingered on fans’ minds:
Wait……whose watching Oz? #AHSCult
— Angel Fish (@Angel_Fish10) October 11, 2017