(Spoiler alert: Please don’t read on if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s the finale of “American Horror Story: Cult”)
Like the rest of the season, the final episode of “American Horror Story: Cult” kept fans off balance, guessing, more than a little confused — and cheering.
Starting off with a flash-forward, it found cult leader Kai (Evan Peters) in prison, where he was up to his old tricks and restarting his following. When the show cut back to what happened, it pulled its first fast one, making fans think that Kai’s planned “Night of a Thousand Tates” — in which his followers would commit Charles Manson-inspired murders against pregnant women — would be the thing that landed him in prison.
And really, nobody wanted to see that.
Bad news. Turns out finding a thousand pregnant women to murder is kinda hard #AHSCult
— Janna Taylor (@JannaTay) November 15, 2017
— Angele Brown (@oneandonly87) November 15, 2017
— Walt Charles (@PTTVJunkie) November 15, 2017
— Cortinn ????????♂️ (@TweetsGoWhere) November 15, 2017
— ???? (@HaylishaP) November 15, 2017
Killing pregnant women ummmmmm no sir!!! ☝️????#AHSCult
— Lynett Tolliver (@Redd_Diva) November 15, 2017
— The one and only allison allison allison allison (@daviesallison1) November 15, 2017
— juan (@juanitoburrito_) November 15, 2017
But it turned out that the “Night of 100 Tates” (finding 1,000 pregnant women was too hard, as Kai said) never happened. Instead, Ally (Sarah Paulson) made her play — signaling the FBI to raid the cult and take everyone out. Turns out, she’d been an FBI informant since Kai’s rally, when he was shot. She’d been playing both sides all along.
— Olivia Broussard (@OliviaBroussar1) November 15, 2017
— ✨✨Dina✨✨ (@Dina_Marie0221) November 15, 2017
— Thankful pepperoni???? (@LilPepperonni) November 15, 2017
— Immanuel (@ImmanuelTyrell) November 15, 2017
i knew aly had a plan all along omg #AHSCult
— a. (@alex__graham__) November 15, 2017
— Susan loves you. (@susancreature) November 15, 2017
— (_ _).｡o○ (@armthony) November 15, 2017
— I Love You (@BriaLoves5H) November 15, 2017
#AHSCult Worst snacks ever
— Poser Disposer (@SaintGuilllotin) November 15, 2017
— 행복 (@Juanito29434) November 15, 2017
Nice to see that the authorities weren’t completely clueless all season.
With Kai in prison and the cult dismantled, Ally was free to get on with her life — along with Beverly (Adina Porter), who also escaped, unharmed by either the authorities or the murders she helped commit. As it happened, Kai took credit for every murder committed by the clown cult, which helped Beverly escape prosecution. The only murder he didn’t take credit for, in fact, was Ally’s wife, Ivy (Alison Pill).
But Kai’s survival means fans knew he’d be coming for Ally sooner or later. And that was especially true after Ally decided to run for the U.S. Senate, with Beverly’s help.
— EmO BeLLe (@Jeliana867) November 15, 2017
— Melba Anderson (@melnmike4) November 15, 2017
Wtf Kai is walking out of prison. Watch out Ally! ???????? #AHSCult
— Carolyn M (@CarolynMar) November 15, 2017
what i think is going to happen better not happen #AHSCult
— Yayo Greene (@lilchaosfairy) November 15, 2017
— Dalon ???? (@dalongrey) November 15, 2017
— ❤Mrs. Watkins ❤ (@ImSpeakin_SHH) November 15, 2017
Beverly is somehow still working with Kai. SOMEHOW. #AHSCult
— Alexis Perry (@THEAlexisPerry) November 15, 2017
As expected, Kai showed up during a senatorial debate. Fans thought for sure the murderous Kai had the upper hand — until Ally made another play and sprung her trap. Turns out, the women were organized.
OOOOOOOH! Get it, Gloria! #AHSCult
— Kera (@TechnicolorMode) November 15, 2017
THEY KEEP PLAYING ME & I KEEP BELIEVING IT #AHSCult
— sky ☾✨ (@vintagenyx) November 15, 2017
OH MY GODDDDD WTFFFFF #AHSCult
— cha ???????? (@ItsChaChaSlide) November 15, 2017
THIS IS AMAZING. SHE GOT EVERYONE AGAINST HIM#AHSCult
— holiday armadillo (@iamnotcarlos) November 15, 2017
All off a sudden it’s very cold ❄️ #AHSCult
— nihad (@BiH_USA) November 15, 2017
Um so Ally was The Worst™️ and now I love her??? #AHSCult
— Mimi (@thanksmimi) November 15, 2017
— Lisa Simpson ???????? (@Khayla_Lamar) November 15, 2017
NAAASTY WOMEN #AHSCult
— Chri$tine (@Lil_Vil) November 15, 2017
— miriam_tlp (@m_tlp710) November 15, 2017
— ???? (@flickernarrry) November 15, 2017
Beverly took Kai down, Ally won her Senate seat, and everybody lived happily ever after. But “American Horror Story: Cult” had one more twist up its sleeve.
Ally didn’t just defeat a cult leader — she became one. The final shot of Ally sees her putting on the robe of the Society for Cutting Up Men, or SCUM.
Fans were definitely shook.
— ManyJackdGod (@tony3K) November 15, 2017
Ally out here running her own cult now #AHSCult
— Taylor ???? 122 (@Taybear18) November 15, 2017
— Janna Taylor (@JannaTay) November 15, 2017
— Samwell Gnarly (@JolieFemmeSam) November 15, 2017