It's a grey area I think; isn't Moloch known as the 'corrupter or something? Like, at the start with the medieval cult and those adoring fan-boy monks before he gets locked in the book.But was that actually shown? I just figured they were your standard cult followers. At least from my remembrance of the episode.
I don't think Willow was controlled, more like seduced. Maybe that's how it starts; flattery and empathy leads slowly to the person becoming a lackey or slave; abandoning their own morals and morality for Molochs'.But I don't think they were necessarily under his thrawl. Do you think Willow was as well? I just saw him as more of a cult leader.