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Cult finally feels somewhat cohesive in "Mid-Western Assassin," if only it wasn't quite so timely.
American Horror Story may not be able to satisfy its fans by toning things down, but it hit the right chord this week - for victims, for fans, and for the series itself.
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.
AHS: Cult is utterly baroque in its presentation gore. It hosts a Grand Guignol-level of exploitation, here to inflate the absurdity of America's fetishizing of violence and blood and, yes, guns.
The need to edit out a moment of violence that now feels all too real is all the more chilling when you consider Cult is acting as a giant metaphor (and some could say, as a giant mirror held up to) the post-election era.
AHS would do better reverting back to the period piece settings of its earliest seasons rather than mining modern politics for vacant social satire and real-life horror gimmicks
The episode is explosive, obviously, but the subtle machinations of the making of a murderess also helps show the implosion of the political body.
So far, this season has somehow gone exactly where we thought it would go and not where we thought it would go at all...
As a bonus, they've now at least temporarily gotten Ally out of the picture.
Of all the episodes this season, this one was the least horrific, but it was so for a horrific reason: everything in this episode was too real, was stuff that I feel like I have been desensitized to.
Obviously, the timing of the episode was too close for comfort to the tragic events in Las Vegas, so producer Ryan Murphy wisely trimmed things down a bit.
American Horror Story: Cult isn't one to shy away from violence and [this] episode included one of its most brutal acts yet.
Ally, you got played girl.