American Horror Story proves that bad parenting is a running theme on this series

American Horror Story: Double Feature — Pictured: Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Alma Gardner. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX.
American Horror Story: Double Feature — Pictured: Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Alma Gardner. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX. /

If there is one theme that seems to pop up in every season on American Horror Story, it would have to be the idea of bad parenting being problematic. But in season 10, Double Feature, that is taken to a whole new level.

The problem is Harry is not the best dad around, and the fact that his daughter Alma was already creepy before getting into her father’s stash of creativity pills doesn’t make things better. Harry is so focused on being successful and prolific that his family is coming apart at the seams. And the fact that he is feeding into it doesn’t make any of this better.

Alma is now a blood-drinking music prodigy with what amounts to a God Complex. She talks badly about her mother. She is manipulating her father, and he is letting her. She basically tells her dad that everyone is beneath her and if everyone vanished she would be okay with that. And of course, she has officially become a murderer.

But, unlike her father and the rest of the creatives in town, her kill is none other than the chief of police herself.

American Horror Story proves parenting is as much of a horror story as anything else

Not once, but twice in this episode, Harry admits to Alma that he has not been a good parent. And it’s great that he realizes his shortcomings, but the fact that he doesn’t change anything or find a way to control the monster he has basically created is proof that he is not father of the year material.

When he comes home to find the Chief dead and bleeding out in his living room, Harry’s horror is palpable. However, he set himself up to be ignored and considering he hasn’t figured out that his daughter is basically a mini psychopath, none of this was shocking.

A lot happened in American Horror Story: Double Feature episode 3, but the reality is that the main event was the murder at the end of the episode. And since that murder was committed by Alma, we definitely have to look at the other interactions between her and her father. Basically, Harry is a mess and he has no business being the responsible party when it comes to his newly bloodthirsty child.

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What did you think of American Horror Story: Double Feature episode 3? Were you surprised by Alma resorting to murder? Were you surprised by the trouble Harry got into in this episode? We want to know your thoughts.