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American Horror Story: Cult recap: 'Winter of Our Discontent'

Winter reaches her breaking point as the death toll rises

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American Horror Story

TV Show
run date:
Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters
Current Status:
In Season

We gave it an A-

We open with Vincent, approaching the home where Kai is now surrounded by denim-clad disciples — and if you’ve been wondering if Rudy knows that his brother is the leader of the city’s cult of murder clowns, the answer appears to be “no.” Kai manipulates him the way he does everyone else, suggesting Vince didn’t visit him in the hospital out of shame. After all, it was Rudy’s patient who colluded with Kai’s would-be murderer!

Vincent readily agrees. Yes, he was ashamed. (Although on this show, with its multiple crazy layers of manipulation and intrigue, taking this statement at face value would probably be unwise, so… sure, Vince. Suuuure you were. [Winks knowingly.]) It all ends with a hug, and a “Call me councilman.”

Meanwhile, last week’s all-female uprising against Kai seems to have derailed. His band of open-carrying blue-shirted misogynists have been appointed “private security” for the city and invaded the Butchery; the bastards even tell Ivy to smile. Beverly has had it. She says it’s time to go after their real target:

“If we cut off the head of the snake, the entire army falls.”

But Winter is the holdout.

“It’s all part of his larger plan!”

Why is Winter so loyal? Apart from the obvious blood ties, there’s also a history, here. Once upon a time, she and Kai were the hottest internet troll team on the dark web — which earned them an exciting, exclusive invite to a place called “Judgment House,” hosted by a creepy American Gothic Horror Preacher. (Side note: For a pair of kids from the internet generation, accepting an invitation to a stranger’s home like this makes no sense, at all.) The place turns out to be a haunted horror house of sin — or a blatant ripoff of Se7en, depending on your perspective — stocked with real, bleeding human beings who the preacher has decided should die for their sins. But Winter and Kai rescue the captive victims, and Kai exacts his own brand of justice on the preacher… and according to Winter, this is where it all started. So, you see, he’s just in a dark place right now! He doesn’t need to die!

Beverly gives her a week. (Recap continues on next page)