But it was Kai who resorted to unnecessary violence — and, as a result, wound up coming into contact with Bebe Babbitt, Valerie Solanas' protege and girlfriend. In the end, Winter didn't seem to truly believe that her brother would hurt her. Kai's paranoia began to crop up on. Has she really been so broken down that she intends to stick with Kai? But his brutal murder of her — strangulation with his bare hands, a far more intimate method than all of the murders using guns and knives this season — proved that Winter no longer knew Kai at all. Obviously, that was a different set of circumstances, but the theme of betrayal was common among both this installment and the Shakespeare play.
Somehow, I don't imagine that both will survive. Billie Lourd has done an impressive job as Winter all season long, but this was a particularly strong moment. Do you know what it is, Mr. He affected Manson's mannerisms without verging on caricature or parody. And if it was Ally's doing, her plan worked flawlessly. I almost forgot that it was Peters playing both roles! You could really feel Winter's tangible dread when that happened. He became convinced that the government was spying on him and that there was a secret mole out to get him.
Too bad Bebe didn't take into account that Kai would become harder to control. Namely, her casual murder of Bebe. And do you know who my favorite politician of all time is?. I still do think that's the case. Frances Conroy was absolutely incredible during her scene as an anger managment counselor assigned to Kai. But I don't think he's done a better job with any of the cult leaders than he's done with Charles Manson.
Sarah Paulson as a particularly enthusiastic Manson acolyte was flat-out terrifying. The scenes where Kai and Manson conversed were particularly amazing. But, to be honest, with everything else going on, I'd basically forgotten about her during her several episode-long absence. This hour dealt heavily with the particulars of Kai's motivation and what got him started on his mission. Secondly, and most importantly, Kai brutally murdered his sister, Winter, with his own bare hands.
From Andy Warhol to Jim Jones, Evan Peters has done a magnificent job of embodying each of these very different, but all very charismatic, figures. Though, to be frank, I don't fully understand why she didn't just cut his throat right then and there. But the idea that she has fully turned to the dark side, and isn't just playing a long con with Kai, is most intriguing. I guess the penultimate episode of the season is as good a time as any to learn these things. Even worse, Kai became delusional, hallucinating first Vincent and then the not-quite-dead-yet spirit of Charles Manson giving him the misogynistic pep talk he so badly needed.
Trump is the first world leader to start hammering away at that dam. The most interesting development had to do with Ally herself. This season has been a study in cult leaders. I've actually found Ally's gradual transformation from sobbing mess to certified badass to be well-explained and extremely satisfying. We're sitting on the biggest bomb the universe has ever seen. Conroy truly has the ability to take any dialogue and make it sound powerful — hell, it was practically Shakespearean! I get that she still had some affection for her brother, but he's literally a serial killer at this point.
The confrontation scene between Winter and Kai as she was shaving him was deliciously tense. Or does she have something up her sleeve? Peters portrayed several famous cult leaders, one after the other. The patriarchy has dammed it up for millennia. With every tweet, every eye roll, every pussy grab, he is slowly releasing the fury. First, he definitively split from Bebe once he revealed that he'd no longer be her pawn.
Kai's drastic unhinging had a few serious consequences. Bebe, like Valerie, wants an all-out war and extermination of men, as righteously angry women rise to power. Kai and Winter's unnamed friend succinctly demonstrated the two major positions of pro-Hillary and pro-Trump supporters. I figured we would see Bebe again, based on how ended. Regardless, Kai turned the tables on Winter in a chilling moment, by handing her the very same train tickets she'd tried to give Beverly to help her escape earlier. Essentially, the megalomania really got to him, and he bought into the line of crock he's been selling. It was actually kind of a sad moment.