Here’s what happened in Episode 10 (titled “ApocalypseThen”) of FX’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse finale.
This episode delivers everything we have been anticipating episodes ago, so it is no surprise when the witches plan to go back in time and change things. However, the episode has to move at breakneck speed to get all the T’s crossed and I’s dotted.
First, Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy) has to pay Ms. Venerable (Sarah Paulson) and Dumb (Billy Eichner) and Dumber (Evan Peters) a visit in order to get Coco (Leslie Grossman) and Mallory (Billie Lourd) onto the guest list for Outpost 3. In addition, Madison (Emma Roberts) finds out that Dinah (Adina Porter) ended up in that outpost thanks to her selling her soul to the devil so she in on a warpath to burn that bitch to the ground. Cordelia (Sarah Paulson), however, says not to worry even though they could really use a voodoo queen right about now.
Basically, they all need to fly under the radar right now so Michael Langdon (Cory Fern) doesn’t suspect anything while they set all their time travel ducks in a line so that they can go back in time and fix this mess up. Which, really, isn’t that hard because they are dealing with a man-sized toddler. But, still, they are being extra cautious because they have an episode to fill up.
CF: I’ve been bailing out of the last few episodes as they haven’t been that interesting, but this one–for a moment I thought we were gonna get something really good. Frances Conroy’s performance at this point is such a scene-chewing masterpiece and I was grinning the whole time over how droll she came off to the three losers at TechBro, Inc. Really, if it could have only been like this the whole time…
RT: Frances Conroy was fucking AMAZEBALLS! And, yet, they still let her die at the end 🙁 Surely they could have brought her back instead of Misty? Or, both?!
CF: You would think, right? Let’s hope if there is a continuation of the Coven, we get Myrtle back.Next, it’s time to put Coco and Mallory under a very powerful spell that will wipe their memories and make Coco into that horrible bitch from the first few episodes and Mallory the mouse that scampers around behind her. Then the plan is that Mallory will wake up from the spell when the time is right but we all know that that doesn’t quite go to plan and they all end up dead. Still, they can work with that once Cordelia, Myrtle, and Madison claw their way up out of the dirt they buried themselves in before the apocalypse hit.
Once they are all in Outpost 3 and FINALLY back in the present day, Michael Langdon offers them all a place by his side so long as they swear allegiance to him. All of the witches except Dinah, say, “Fuck No!” and this is the cue for Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) to march right in and steal every fucking scene from everyone.
CF: Because that’s what Angela does: she just commands. And she did. My only complaint was she didn’t get enough screen time.It then, pretty much, turns into a bloodbath after that.
Witches are killing Michael Langdon like it is going out of style and witches are being killed at an equal rate.
Even Mallory, who is pretty much the witches’ chosen one.
Remember Coco’s boyfriend? The one who managed to survive the apocalypse by hanging out with the guys from Mad Max? Well, he’s still wandering around the outpost and we’ve all forgotten that since it was so long ago that we’ve gotten to see a present-day episode. So, he chooses this point to wander into the fray and stab Mallory. It looks like it is all over with the witches plan to change the outcome of the apocalypse and take Michael out of the picture.
However, Cordelia decides that now is the time to kill herself because, as we all know, once the Supreme dies, the next in line rises to power.
Which is exactly what happens and Mallory quickly goes back in time to fix shit up.
CF: I dug the bloodbath and how everyone was ready to die for the cause. Coco’s boyfriend? Fuck that guy, I hated him popping up and almost ruining the plan. But Madison’s, “Fuck. Back to retail” was classic. You know you’re gonna die so do it with a witty line. And you knew Cordelia had to die for Mallory to ascend, but her parting shot, “My sisters are legion, motherfucker”–I wanna go out with a line like that. It was just too damn good.
RT: There were some pretty good lines in this episode. The one you mentioned was probably my fave also.
Her point of time to chose is when Michael has just killed the priest. We learn that Constance (Jessica Lange) finally loses her shit and kicks Michael out of home.Mallory then runs over him with a car because, apparently, he is still human enough to kill at this point in time.
She then proceeds to back over him repeatedly.
Constance gives zero fucks and refuses Michael’s plea of moving him into the Murder House so that he can live there forever. Instead, he dies right there, out on the road.
CF: First off, Mallory did pick the perfect time because Michael really had no idea what he was and Grandma was a stone-cold bitch who gives zero shits about him. Unfortunately, it was right about this time when things started going a little sideways, because–and I hate to say it–Jessica Lange’s lead-up to Michael getting run over ran a little too damn long. There was a lot of monologuing that wasn’t needed and yet, there it was.
RT: Totally agree about the monologuing and, normally, I LOVE Jessica Lange’s monologuing.
So, that fixed everything, right?
Yeah, it totally did and we get to see just how awesome Mallory is for fixing shit. The coven is back to together — except for Madison, who is still in retail hell. But, eh, Mallory reckons she’ll get around to fixing that eventually.
In addition, Misty (Lily Rabe) is now alive thanks to the minions of hell not really liking their boss and now thinking Mallory is metal AF for taking out the antichrist, so she gets a few credits downstairs.
Nan (Jamie Brewer) is also back, but only briefly, because she likes being Papa Legba’s (Lance Reddick) bitch.
Mallory also suggests to Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) that she might not want to check into the Hotel Cortez and that ties everything up just nicely.
CF: If AHS could have just ended this shit right here all would have been good with the world. I’d have rather seen what was going to happen with the Coven at this point and watch Madison come back and be bitchy as hell over having to go to, well, hell again. But no: you had to fuck it up.
RT: Yeah, I really think they did a disservice by open-ending it after this point. It certainly doesn’t make me want to return to another season of backstory.
But wait, there’s more!So, remember that sweet couple that made it to Outpost 3? Timothy (Kyle Allen) and Emily (Ash Santos) were their names. Well, it turns out they were Satan’s contingency plan. He then uses them as instruments for the birth of the new antichrist and I guess that sorts out the next season of American Horror Story…
CF: It’s pretty bad of me that I forgot all about these two and who they were. I mean, damn: that made a hell of an impression on me, yeah? Let’s hope Mallory is a bit more proactive as The Supreme and goes ahead and kills all the warlocks now, ’cause you know those doucherockets are gonna fuck shit up again…
RT: I had to look them up. I recognised Emily, but not Timothy until I placed where I knew the character from. So, he was even less eventful than her… I really think Mallory has the potential to fix shit up. Whether FX will allow that, though…
CF: Really, it would be the most logical thing for her to do. Being more powerful than Cordelia as well as knowing how the end of the world happened once, her first move should be to spy full-time on those assholes and whack them out the first chance she gets. She’s the only one who knows what happened, so there’s reason to believe she’ll get everyone strong as hell and then get to puttin’ down enemies as soon as possible. And maybe keep an eye out for this new Antichrist.
CF: So what’s the next season going to be? American Horror Story: Apocalypse Redux? Sorry, I had to do that.
What did you think of the Season 8 finale episode of American Horror Story: Apocalypse? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
CF: The season started out strong for about four episodes, then got bogged way the fuck down, then came back strong at the start of the final episode, only to die off and lose it at the end. This wasn’t Murder House/Asylum/Coven good, but it wasn’t Roanoke/Cult bad. It was kind of Freak Show/Hotel so-so: not horrible, but not so well done as to want to get you to tune in the next week, either. The parts that were brilliant were dragged straight to hell (pun intended) by the parts that were kinda fucked up and banal, which is why I say Season 8 is slightly on the mediocre side with moments that were the series at it’s best.
RT: I totally agree with this, Cassidy. Although, it actually made it harder to recap than the likes of Roanoke and Cult, At least I had strong feelings towards them (until I gave up completely on Cult). With Apocalypse, I was so bored by it all I really wasn’t looking forward to watching OR recapping it.
CF: Been there as well. There’s no strong feelings about how good/bad the episodes are and when they remain boring throughout most of the season, you really don’t feel like putting in the seat time. And what’s even more amazing, a couple of these episodes clocked it right around 40 minutes long, with the episode where we first met the Tech Bros being 38 minutes long. You know it’s bad when something not even two-thirds of an hour long is boring the shit out of you.
CF: The thing that has really failed this season, I believe, is that we’re right back where we started, with the coming of the Antichrist at some point down the road. Unless people find him and murder him, which could happen. I hate to say it, but I’m curious about next season now because I really want to see what’s coming next. Because how the fuck do we get another season that isn’t all about the end of the world coming? I really want to know.
RT: I have absolutely no idea where they are going next. And, to think they have two more seasons to fill up :-/
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