AHS Apocalypse brings in the coven and the crossover officially begins

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE -- Pictured: Cody Fern as Michael Langdon. CR: Kurt Iswarienko/FX
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: APOCALYPSE -- Pictured: Cody Fern as Michael Langdon. CR: Kurt Iswarienko/FX /
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The witches return to AHS Apocalypse and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s to come.

American Horror Story has covered a lot of bases throughout its run, but the hyped-up eighth season has had quite a bit of expectation surrounding the premise. When we became aware of the crossover season, we instantly wondered where the series would head and the third episode gave us a greater understanding of the direction for AHS Apocalypse.

We already have met Michael Langdon (son of Tate and bringer of destruction) as well as the promiscuous Rubber Man who is partaken in a physical relationship with Evan Peters’ other character, Gallant. Now, after a few suspenseful installments, we see our first glimpse of the surviving witches and things are quickly falling into place. We pick up with the remaining interviews for the next “safe haven,” where we discover some of the ladies’ true purpose in the season.

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We particularly learn a little more about the characters Coco, Mallory and Dinah, who are each questioned by Michael. For starters, Dinah has a history with Michael and it’s apparent the television personality has been withholding her story from the other survivors (and viewers.)

On the other hand, Mallory details a feeling that there’s someone else within her waiting to claw its way out and Michael makes the mistake of pushing her a little to far. When continuing to inquire about what she is hiding she launches him back with a power all too reminiscent of the witches. Michael lunges at Mallory when his face takes a new demonic shape but Mallory fills the room with fire and shakes even the devil’s child to his core.

Michael has a little pow-wow with the devil and, in the meantime, it’s decided by Venable that it’s time to kill the entire group in the bunker to take survival into her own hands. But before that, we learn that Ms. Meade is in fact a robot like the last episode insinuated and we see her kicking major ass against a supposed terrorist as she was programmed to do decades ago – one of the best action scenes the series has ever featured. She knows she has other objectives, but she feels connected to Venable and helps her dose apples with poison to wipe out anyone in Outpost 3.

Even though they are all wiped out as planned, Venable is shot and killed by Michael via Meade and reveals that she was programmed with memories and qualities of the only person who ever truly loved him – Constance. The conversation gives us an idea that she has since died (rest in peace to Jessica Lange’s last surviving character from AHS) and gives us a better idea of the close relationship they had.

As if it wasn’t enough to process, the death of everyone there gives us a segue into a scene with three cloaked women entering from the outside – fan favorite witches Cordelia, Madison, and Myrtle.

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“Find our sisters,” Cordelia tells the two before we discover Dinah, Coco, and Mallory are each witches that the coven came to save (but hopefully the witches aren’t ghosts given the Halloween rules). The bigger plot twist that comes with this revelation is that Cordelia and Madison look at Mallory as if they know her, and Madison dropping her famous quote “surprise b***h, I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.”

This adds weight to the comment made by Mallory about suppressing someone or something within her, and as something that looks worrisome to Cordelia and Madison, we can’t help but wonder if another witch resides in her body. My hopes would be for Fiona of course, but the odds seem slim so we’ll have to wait and see what the connection is between the witches.

During the preview for the next episode, it looks like we might be granted a flashback from Michael’s perspective as we see him approach Madison in a Bath & Body Works, which instantly causes me to believe Michael pulled the witch out of hell with the hopes of enlisting mystic forces for his own side. Is there really any other reason Madison could be working retail? I think not.

Another shot suggests he will be making his way to the Hotel Cortez, explaining the possibility of Queenie’s return later in the season. One thing that is clear is that the witches want to save the world while Michael wants to see it suffer. With some set photos revealing who is filming at the Murder House, there seems to be a chance that we will return to where it all began – we just don’t know who will be on what side when things get dire.

With the demise of everyone at Outpost 3, the fourth episode will most likely see a change in setting and plot as the witches enter the series with high priority. From here on out, we assume that the remainder of the season will bring a massive fight between the witches and Michael, so we can’t wait for the next chapter of the brilliant AHS Apocalypse.

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What do you think about the arrival of the witches? Does Michael have plans for Madison? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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