Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse season 8 episode 8 last night, we took a break from the “Coven” story-line and followed Michael Langdon’s path, as he desperately tried to figure out what he should do next. I guess being the Antichrist is tougher than one might imagine. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet. In last night’s episode, “Sojourn,” Cordelia tries to get through to Michael, but to no avail. Meanwhile, we meet some new characters at the “Church of Satan” and also catch up with some old ones, revealing some answers about Outpost 3. We also continue to get some fun Easter eggs along the way. My top 5 moments from American Horror Story: Apocalypse season 8 episode 8 are:
“You can write your own destiny.”
In the beginning of the episode, Michael Langdon is beyond heartbroken to find out that Ms. Mead has been burned at the stake. Cordelia reminds Michael that he’ll “never see her again” and that he is alone now, but Michael explains that he still has his father. Despite Michael being the Antichrist, Cordelia still tries to get through to him and sees the potential humanity within him. Michael doesn’t want to hear it; however, and says, “Somehow, someway, I’m going to bring her back and then I’m gonna kill every last one of you.” Well at least Michael is still motivated, but this moment is important because it reminds us that Michael has his own identity and path to find now. Whether we are on Team Coven or Team Langdon, we can’t ignore the fact that Michael has a tough road ahead of him.
“Are you ready for an old fashioned human sacrifice?”
Michael goes in search of answers and calls out to his father. He starves himself for four days in the woods and begins hallucinating, seeing children reaching out to him with food and drinks. It is important to note that we see an apple here, reminding us again about the “Garden of Eden” and also connecting us to the future where everyone at Outpost 3 will be poisoned by apples. Michael also sees snakes and goats, which we have seen during the apocalypse as well, foreshadowing what is to come next. Michael eventually stumbles upon the “Church of Satan” and meets some interesting characters. The leader of the Church of Satan, played by Sandra Bernhard, may be influenced by evil, but she is actually pretty funny. She inspires the crowd and reminds them that stealing $100 out of a register is not the kind of evil she is talking about. When she presents the human sacrifices, she gives us a little bit of their resume, revealing that both sacrifices do a lot of good work in their lives and she hilariously comments, “Bitch please” and “Isn’t that just too precious?” She is ready to make the world a little “shittier” by sacrificing these people to Satan. I guess it’s worth it to sell your soul to the devil, especially if you get to sleep with Ryan Reynolds as an added bonus. The “Church of Satan” is most likely known as “The Cooperative” in the future, putting together more pieces of the puzzle.
“I’m the one you’re waiting for.”
While taking a back seat at the “Church of Satan,” Michael gets quite the show and even gets to listen to the choir perform “O Fortuna,” which means “Oh Fate” when translated from Latin and further goes on about destiny, which is perhaps the sign that our Michael Langdon has been waiting for, even though his father has yet to make an appearance. After losing Ms. Mead, Michael is in need of some guidance and meets Madeline, played by the amazing Harriet Sansom Harris. Madeline steps in as a sort of mother type and even gives Michael a hot meal. After Michael shows her his mark behind his ear, Madeline is absolutely convinced that he is the one they have all been waiting for. Madeline presents him to the rest of the church and Michael proves his worthiness by killing the two sacrifices. The church is clearly behind him and he is ready to embrace his destiny, but he still feels emptiness without Ms. Mead by his side.
“I am HR bitch!”
Madeline thinks that she can help Michael by introducing him to characters played by Evan Peters and Billy Eichner who are a bit eccentric, extreme, and heavily addicted to cocaine. Before we get to them, it’s important to note that we also get to see Ms. Venable here. Ms. Venable is clearly not a huge fan of her bosses, reminding them not to call her “babe” and looking absolutely fabulous in purple, which is apparently her thing. This is important because in the future, “The Purples” are the elite at Outpost 3. Ms. Venable also loves to rock purple in the future as well. The character played by Evan Peters talks about the importance of a light rock playlist and we even get to hear the song, “The Morning After” play again, suggesting that this could have been the initial inspiration for using this music in Outpost 3 to drive everyone mad. While I didn’t catch the names of these two characters, it is possible that they are under a kind of identity spell in the future as well, especially if Michael considers them to be allies or perhaps former allies.
“You came to the right place.”
We learn that the characters played by Peters and Eichner work in robotics and Michael is looking to re-create Ms. Mead. After filling them in on everything about her, Michael is impressed by their work and we get to see Miriam Mead 2.0, which finally helps us connect the dots in the future. Michael feels complete with her by his side again, which signals that he is now ready to fulfill his destiny. It seems like we now have a lot of the past explained, so I am ready to fast forward to the future. Stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story: Apocalypse below in the comments section. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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