We all know 'AHS' pushes the envelope. Last night was a great example of just how far they will go. We met Kyle’s distraught mom, Alicia. We instantly connect with her, after learning of her struggle dealing with her son’s death and her own contemplation of suicide. Good-hearted Zoe visits, in another attempt to lessen the guilt she feels for what happened to Kyle. In just three episodes, Zoe has fallen for Kyle, watched him die, and brought him back to life with black magic. That’s a pretty intense relationship, but ‘it’s not romantic,’ as Zoe told Alicia last night.
After seeing Alicia’s grief, Zoe decides it’s a good idea to return this augmented form of Kyle back to his mother. Kyle, no longer the human frat-boy he once was, is somewhere between Frankenstein and zombie. Nonetheless, he’s dropped off on his front porch to await the warm embrace of his loving mother.
As it turns out, Kyle’s mother is more of a ‘monster’ than Kyle is.
A single mother who was abandoned by her husband when Kyle was young, Alicia raised Kyle on her own. As she told Zoe of Kyle’s gentlemanly acts of kindness and service to their family, we think that Kyle has struggled in his life, but overcome. We later learn that Kyle has suffered more than just his father’s abandonment. Unbeknownst to Kyle, he and his mother have apparently been together on multiple occasions. ‘Together,’ as in her hand has traveled down his pants.
Whether reanimated-Kyle is aware of his sexually-awkward past with his mother or not, we don’t know…yet. I’m sure this oddity will be revisited at a later date. Shock developed for me, as I’m sure it did for many viewers. Sure, the show is disturbing, what with it’s odd historical context exaggerated into something interesting and gory imagery. It has a huge cult following, and more viewership is gained each season. Touching on issues people tend to keep hush-hush is the shows specialty (abuse, infidelity, suicide).
Sexual abuse is no joke, and it’s good that shows like ‘AHS’ aren’t afraid to touch on it. Even if it is a touchy or shocking subject, it’s still important to shed light on. If this were the 50’s, we’d see married couples sleeping in separate twin-size beds on television, but there would still be sexual abuse going on. Ignoring an issue doesn’t make it go away. If you or someone you know needs help dealing with sexual abuse, reach out.