Is Cheyenne Jackson really the bad guy on AHS: Cult? Each new season of American Horror Story brings a fresh batch of wild fan theories. Ryan Murphy has been known to throw us all for a loop, doubling back on information and twisting a plot mid-season. Basically, he can't be trusted, so we're left to speculate.
This season, fan theories are swirling about who the killer is on American Horror Story. Many fans speculate that Kai Anderson (Even Peters) is the cult's head honcho, but it's just too easy. Since when has Ryan Murphy and co. ever made the obvious plot choice? No. It's way more probable that Cheyenne Jackson is the AHS villain. Warning: There are plenty of spoilers below!
Here's a quick refresher: Jackson plays psychologist Dr. Rudy Vincent, who (thus far) appears to have a minor role on the show. But his theory of who the killer is on American Horror Story tosses that notion aside real fast. Dr. Vincent treats Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson), a lesbian mom who has a fear of clowns, blood, confinement, and holes (trypophobia). Ally hires Winter Anderson (Billie Lourde) to babysit her son Oz. Winter turns out to be ultra-freaky and makes Oz watch murders on the dark web. She's also related to Even Peters' character, Kai Anderson, the cult leader-like Trump enthusiast.
But anyone who's watched the show knows never to take the season at first episode face value. Things are likely not what they seem and there plenty of evidence to suggest that Ally's therapist is the villain on American Horror Story.
Winter May Have Been A Patient Of Dr. Vincent's
There is speculation that Winter was a patient of Dr. Vincent's when she used to self-harm. Her relationship to Kai (brother and sister, maybe) and their strange pinky-swearing interrogation would imply that her babysitting position was the result of no accidental job search. Kai, who has already established himself as an eccentric would-be cult leader, may be linked to Dr. Vincent through Winter. And if Dr. Vincent is leading the whole evil plot, he could be using both of them.
If Kai's Cult Is Focused On Facing Fears, There May Be A Psychiatrist Behind That Dogma
Winter tells Kai in their conversation that what "fills her heart with dread" is children. She doesn't say it explicitly in the episode, but it's implied by the editing and shown directly in the show's trailer. As one Reddit user points out, this makes Winter's babysitting position a strange job choice. Kai clearly wants to exploit people's fears in his chaos-focused power hunger, so could his cult be focused on the opposite? A place for people wanting to face their fears, albeit in disturbing cult-y ways?
Who better to be the true leader behind such a doctrine than a psychiatrist gone mad who would want to bring people to some higher calling through this form of severe "therapy." The doctor is in.
Kai Targeting The Mayfair-Richards Family Can't Be Coincidence
The strongest evidence that Dr. Vincent is the show's evil mastermind has to do with how Kai specifically targets Ally's family. First, he likely sent Winter to work for them to torment and corrupt their child. Second, he dumped a latte on Ally and Ivy while they were talking outside their restaurant and it seems like a stretch that it was just because they were discussing Jill Stein. Third, the family across the street (and close friends of Ally and Ivy) is (possibly) brutally murdered. Unless anyone is buying this murder-suicide story the detective gave.
Who would be able to feed Kai info on where the Mayfair-Richards live and work? Our fine doctor friend, Rudy.
Dr. Vincent's Feeling Buttons Look A Lot Like The Clown Death Symbol
Somewhat like those 1-10 scale sad to smiley face posters seen on the inside of hospital rooms to gauge pain, Dr. Vincent seems to have some odd face buttons corresponding to different emotions. Could be a tool he uses with patients to have them describe how they feel. Only thing is they look oddly familiar. Much like the red symbol left on the houses of people about to become the next victims of the clown cult.
Additionally, in this don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-it shot a close look reveals the pins don't seem to be all that dissimilar as far as emotions go. All of the buttons show smiley faces, but some look weirder than others. Sinister even. A psychiatric tool or a representation of the clowns who report to him? Or the people he's currently messing with?
There's five buttons in five different colors and different expressions. Either way, there's no way this random shot was accidental on the part of AHS writers.