Sometimes I just wanna fuck, and sometimes I wanna be in love, and sometimes I wanna be alone.
To me, this is one of the most interesting moments we see of Tate. Because he hesitates. Just for that one moment when Chloe is begging for her life and asking him “why,” right before he raises the gun to shoot her, he stops. It’s a split second, but it’s there.
A lot of people do say that when you finally get pushed to the end of your rope, you act without thinking and don’t even realize it until after the fact. It’s like in Chicago: “It wasn’t until later, when I was washing the blood off my hands, that I even knew they were dead.”
Is this that moment of realization for Tate? Does he realize what he’s done? Is he thinking of that one time this girl lent him a piece of paper in science class in fourth grade? Is he thinking of anything? Obviously, I’m not saying any of that’s what happened here, because this character is one with a proven history of deception and psychotic behavior, one the audience couldn’t really be sure about. I don’t know what this shot was meant to convey and probably never will, but it’s interesting to me, nevertheless.
And I do think this one moment of him says more about his entire character than any other in the season - more than when we realized he was the Rubber Man, more than any moment with Violet.
This is Tate, hesitating. And then continuing to act.