The series, currently airing on BBC Two, has had viewers gripped for five episodes but tonight it seemed some struggled to watch the harrowing scenes.
Fans will remember that last week’s instalment saw psychopath Andrew (played by Darren Criss) kill both Jeffrey (Finn Wittrock) and David Madson (Cody Fern).
But tonight’s episode drew everything together with the backstory on Jeff and his tough time suffering as a gay man in the US Navy.
What’s more, the story is all the more heartbreaking because Andrew hadn’t acted on his murderous tendencies until he reached the end of his tether with his first love.
Yet what really shocked viewers was the tragic truth of Jeff’s treatment in the military.
Hiding his own sexuality, Jeff was forced to witness another gay colleague get badly beaten but he managed to save him just in time.
It meant that Jeff was outed however, and as his own pain became too hard to deal with, the character tried to commit suicide.
Unable to go through with it, it appeared that Andrew was his saviour when they met in a local gay bar.
After striking up a conversation, Andrew helped Jeff through his struggles in the Navy but he couldn’t have been prepared for what was to come from their new friendship.
Viewers were more concerned with the difficult scenes in tonight’s episode, as some claimed they were too much to watch.
Taking to Twitter, fans came together to share their feelings.
one person wrote: “This behaviour was only 23 years ago. Dear god. x #ACSVersace.”
“Oh s**t no no no no #ACSVersace,” another shocked fan said.
A third agreed: “This is so awful and heartbreaking #ACSVersace.”
While a fourth shared: “I can’t watch! All this violence and murder and for some reason him cutting his tattoo off is a step too far for me #TheAssassinationOfGianniVersace #ACSVersace.”
Fans continued to lament over the character’s heart-wrenching story, as one said: “Jeff’s story is honestly heartbreaking and he deserved better from life. #ACSVersace.”
“Poor Jeff. Poor anyone being treated like this #ACSVersace,” another upset fan wrote.
Meanwhile viewers continued to praise the show’s writers as one person added: “American Crime Story is absolutely brilliant. Oh and @FinnWittrock is amazing #ACSVersace.”
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace continues Wednesday at 9pm on BBC Two.