"He sees an opening where Trump has created such disharmony in the world," Peters explained, noting that Kai would have felt more restricted when Obama was in the White House. Things were safer, more controlled. "Trump is the spark that's going to create the fire that's going to bring down the world. Kai is going to be the one who steps out onto the ashes and leads everyone, and makes the world what he wants it to be."
In the episodes since the premiere, fans have speculated about Kai's end game. Episode 4 started to give answers. Namely, that Kai is in fact the man behind this murderous clown cult, and that fear -- especially fear of humiliation and powerlessness -- is his way of driving people to worship him. He targets Harrison (Billy Eichner), who's bullied; Meadow (Leslie Grossman), who's aimless and insecure; Beverly (Adina Porter), who's feeling cheated; and Gary (Chaz Bono), who's trapped in a basement.