American Horror Story: Cult 7×10 – Charles (Manson) in Charge – Recap
Kai’s spiral to madness is reinforced by Ally, and it will lead him to commit the ultimate act of folly.
Read on for our recap of American Horror Story: Cult 7×10, “Charles (Manson) in Charge”.
A few weeks before Trump won the election, Kai is at home with his sister Winter and two of her friends. They are commenting a debate between Clinton and Trump. Fighting over their opposite views, Kai slaps one of Winter’s friends in the face. The young woman presses charges, so Kai has to take anger management classes. And that’s where he meets Valerie Solanas’ former partner, Bebe. She tells him she can see he is a smart young man, and if only he would focus his anger on a purpose, he would be able to do great things. A purpose, like politics. She then proceeds to explain that her favorite politician of all time is Donald Trump and that right now we are sat on one of the biggest bombs the universe has ever seen: female rage. And Trump, with his actions, is finally releasing that fury.
Bebe suggests that Kai should do the same. She induces him to believe that his only purpose from that moment on will be to release feminine rage. When Kai asks her what will happen to him if he does what she tells him to do, Bebe replies that he will eventually succumb to that rage, with all the other men. But in doing so, he will know that he has contributed to the saving of all women. He will become a legend. Those are magic words to Kai’s ears.
Weeks later, this is exactly what Kai is doing, and now we finally know how it all began.
In the meantime, Winter confronts Ally about Ivy’s disappearance. She knows something must have happened to her, despite Kai saying that she went away on her own. Winter thinks Kai has killed, though, and Ally tells her that she shouldn’t be so sure that Kai is the culprit.
As American Horror Story: Cult continues, Kai has another plan set in motion, the purpose as always is to manipulate the community into thinking that he is the man they need, not his opponent.
Kai has one of his men assassinated by his own group, his body left to be discovered by an employee of Planned Parenthood. Kai has Beverly back to work, interviewing him right in front of the murder scene. He accuses his senator opponent of having killed the poor man because he was against abortion. Kai appears to be shocked, he says that today a man pro-life was killed, and what about tomorrow? Are pregnant women in danger too, just because they recognize the sanctity of life? He says that should any more killings happen, they will be on the senator’s hands.
Kai’s plan is ready to continue as he has planned it.
Later that day, Winter confronts Beverly, who is utterly upset and desperate. She tells her she needs to leave and offers help in the form of a train ticket to Montana. Winter swears she is not testing her, that she really wants to make things right this time. But it’s too late for Beverly. She is so afraid of Kai, so subjugated that she tells Winter that she would never run from Kai, ever.
The leader, in the meanwhile, is obsessed there is a mole inside his cult and he shares his fear with Ally, who he believes is totally supporting him. He is convinced the whole cult’s headquarters is bugged. He starts hallucinating, thinking he can’t trust anyone anymore.
Bebe pays Kai a visit to accuse him of having failed their project. He’s doing all wrong. Instead of unleashing female rage, he is enraging everyone, creating chaos, killing his own women. Kai responds that she was a fool to really believe he was going to follow her plan. Kai wants to enrage women all right, but he wants to be the man standing to lead them all. Bebe, seeing that she has failed, is about to kill Kai but Ally kills her first, thus saving him. Maybe there is indeed someone he can trust.
Later, Kai and Winter talk about their relationship. Winter confesses him that she still loves him, but looking at him now all she feels is terror. She tells him she has to leave, because if she is to stay around him longer, she is afraid terror will be the only feeling she will have for him. At first, it seems as if Kai is convinced of Winter’s good intentions, it seems like he will let her go. But just when Winter thinks she has convinced him, he lets her know that he has found out she tried to help Beverly by making her leave.
Kai is convinced he has found the mole inside his cult: Winter. He shows her the proof. A bug, which he thinks Winter has planted. In reality, Ally has hidden it, so that Kai would think there was a mole inside the cult, specifically Winter. She knew what the demise was going to be: Winter dying.
As it turns out in the last few seconds of American Horror Story: Cult, there is indeed a mole inside the cult. One of Kai’s men. He rushes out of the headquarters, smashing and ripping tapes and wires off his body, but someone has seen him: Ally.
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