I have watched all of AHS and enjoyed it, even though some parts are better than others. This one, well it is still interesting to see where it will go, but it seems to be a little too unbelievable. No vampires or ghosts or demons or aliens, but still, Kai’s hold over these people is not so much developed as taken for granted. Sure, he ropes them into murder rituals by suggesting they’ll be the next victim if they don’t participate, but prior to that it is almost as if he hypnotizes them into murder. “Hey man, I was working out at the gym, and well, look into my eyes… Let’s kill your boss, then you can join my cult. Maybe some gay sex, because Trump.” That part doesn’t add up to me, and since the whole show hinges on it, it bugs me a little.
I take it they are trying to set a story in something closer to the real world, and this season is no more unbelievable than the others in absolute terms, but in this case it causes believability to constantly crash into reality. It doesn’t serve their cause.
It takes the weight out of the gorier stuff, makes it seem gratuitous. Some of these characters are getting seriously tortured, so the writers ought to have a decent justification to air it, otherwise the target audience is people who tune in for the torture. Me, I have always been turned off by cruelty for its own sake, it only works as an ingredient in a larger context.