American Horror Story Apocalypse: Recap and Review

Updated: Jan 21, 2019

Author: Siggy Kahama

Photo courtesy of Medium.

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk return with yet another terrifying and entertaining season of American Horror Story, and this year they gave the viewers what they have anticipated for years: a crossover season. The new season AHS: Apocalypse was announced to be a fusion of worlds between pilot season Murder House and arguably one of the most praised and quoted seasons in all of American Horror Story history: Coven.

Apocalypse gets straight to the point with the theme of the season, introducing the armageddon within the first minutes of the premiere episode. Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt (Leslie Grossman) is getting her hair done by Mr. Gallant (Evan Peters) when she receives a call from her family in Hong Kong telling her to evacuate Santa Monica due to missiles being launched towards Los Angeles. Before Coco can comprehend what is happening, her family gets wiped out. News stations report most major cities have already fallen and that it is the end of the world. We then meet new characters Timothy Campbell and Emily who are captured by government officials for safekeeping during the attack. All of these characters are taken to an underground bunker called Outpost Three, where they meet Venable, right hand of a mysterious organization called “The Cooperative.” They are then separated into two groups called Grays and Purples, the latter being the elite and the former forced to serve the elite in exchange for survival from the eternal radioactive winter.

Viewers are left wondering how the “Coven” and “Murder House” characters fit into the equation. A man from the cooperative, Michael Langdon, shows up at the end of the first episode. This name can be recalled by avid viewers as a character of the same name born at the end of the pilot season. Medium Billie Jean Howard revealed that copulation between ghost Tate Langdon and human Vivien Harmon would resolve in the birth of the antichrist. Fans can only speculate what the purpose of Langdon’s appearance in this season is and how it will affect the other characters. Many assume that the season will take a biblical route. In the most recent episode, we see the return of Coven witches Cordelia Goode (Sarah Paulson), Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy) and fan favorite Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts). The audience has yet to find out the significance of the witches in the apocalypse and how they will interact with the rest of the cast.

The audience can only hope that Apocalypse will arise as one of the most iconic seasons of “American Horror Story,” and that the return of old characters from different seasons will mesh well with the current plot. Overall, the show managed to keep its sense of horror and drama while keeping the viewers hungry for more content over the years. “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” airs every Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST on FOX.

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