American Horror Story: Cult recap: Season 7, Episode 6, “Mid-Western Assassin,” Aired Oct. 10, 2017
“Mid-Western Assassin” was a great continuation from the previous episode. It honestly seemed like a part 2 for last week’s episode. One thing to make note of is that this episode was edited for airing on TV. If you are interested in the full unedited version,it is available on other platforms and on-demand. This week, I really want to focus on Kai’s manipulation over his crew, because essentially, this is really what this episode is all about in my eyes.
This episode was whole-heartedly a continuation from last week’s episode as it starts at the exact same place episode 5 left off, with the exception of the opening scene. I brought up in my last article that I wasn’t too sure that Meadow was telling the truth. So I was right, but I was also wrong if you can be both. I was right in the sense that this was all just another one of Kai’s planned out ideas. Meadow really didn’t want to help Ally. I was wrong with the fact that Meadow was indeed telling the truth. She literately told the truth about everything going on in the cult. Like Kai had mentioned, the truth always lies in plain sight and we see that with what Meadow and Kai had planned.
Kai’s manipulation really is textbook cult leader. When you watch him, not just in this episode but all episodes, he has a very profound way of talking to women. He seems to rely on them more than the men in his cult. Kai builds trust and relationships with them! This is something we have seen and heard of a lot with cults in real life. The leader tends to have relationships with the women in the cult to build that trust; make them feel like they are the only women in the world all so the leader can get them to do all the dirty work. It just blows my mind at how Kai is able to accomplish all this work even with people in his cult still questioning him. But as we saw with the last episode, he had to off one of his members as a way to send a message to the group. So I guess something like that would put anybody in his or her place. I know it would with me.
Meadow was a lost soul from the moment she was introduced into the show. She clearly wasn’t happy with her marriage and being diagnosed with melanoma clearly had defeated her. Any love or attention she was able to get she was going to hang on to because she simply had nothing else. You could say it was very easy on Kai’s part to persuade her into taking her own life. Kai does tend to find the “lost” or “down on life” people in the town, so all the persuading he has done has been pretty easy. I think Ally is the one who frustrates him the most because he has had the most trouble convincing her. We have seen many attempts by Kai where he tries to show Ally that he is on her side, but it doesn’t seem to work even though the look in Ally’s eyes feels like she somewhat believes in him. I think Ally is his ultimate goal, besides world domination. If he can convince Ally, then I really think he can convince anyone.
Now, I do want to talk about my favorite scene from this week’s episode because it made me laugh and go, ‘oh wow that is so true’ at the same time! The scene I am referring to is when Kai and his crew break into Sally Keffler’s house, the lady running against him for the board spot or well…was against him for the spot. It was clear as soon as Sally was introduced in this episode that she was going to be gone ASAP, which is sad because I really enjoy Mare Winningham as an actress. You might remember her previously from American Horror Story: Hotel where she played Hazel Evers, Mr. March’s maid. Which, now that I think about it, the James March and Kai Anderson characters played by Evan Peters have more in common than I thought. Anyways, I digress because that’s a whole different article.
Mare Winningham is phenomenal and it’s bummer to see her off the show so fast. Kai breaks into her house and has the cult hold her down while he gives this long speech about essentially why he is right and she is wrong regarding their views, at least that is how I took it. Then he proceeds to write a long post on her Facebook page about how she is taking her own life because she realizes she is wrong about a lot of things. As Kai finishes up, she proceeds to let Kai know that no one will believe anything he just posted on her Facebook page, and Kai with his quick thinking says, “Of course they will, it’s Facebook”! I seriously laughed so hard because that is beyond true in so many ways. If it’s on Facebook, it has to be true right? I love how the show is inserting real life topics about the election into the show but in such a subtle way that you really have to pay attention or even re-watch episodes to catch them. Ryan and Brad are on there A-game this season!
Thanks everybody for joining me once again for another American Horror Story: Cult discussion! While there weren’t a whole lot of things that went on in this episode, it was still a very much needed episode to further the story from last week.