It is very scary for me to imagine a person smarter than me, with wicked intent. It is like being a child and knowing that there is an evil adult pulling all the strings. I take some solace in knowing that sociopaths have intellectual blind spots.
I am not offering a spoiler, but merely a speculation. I think that these blind spots will be the undoing of Dr. Joe Carroll and his followers. I think we will also see the unraveling of of the society/cult he has constructed, by virtue of it's lack of virtue
I think this may speak to pragmatism and ethical virtues aligning.