(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.