American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Character: Michael Langdon
Created by: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk
Directed by: various directors
Written by: various writers
Other cast: Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters
Premiere date: September 12, 2018
Episodes: Appeared in 9 or 10 episodes
Genre: Drama, Horror
Running time: 1 hour

An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, and the apocalypse.

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Episode Guide:

8×01: The End
Directed by: Bradley Buecker | Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchuk
Airdate: September 12, 2018

In the near future, nuclear missiles destroy the world and start a nuclear winter. Thanks to her family’s private plane, Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt manages to escape the destruction of Los Angeles with her assistant Mallory, her hairdresser Mr. Gallant, and his grandmother, Evie. Meanwhile, an organization known as “The Cooperative”, selects young adults to save from the apocalypse, based on their genetic makeup. Two of the selected, Timothy and Emily, are sent to Outpost 3, an underground base led by Ms. Wilhemina Venable. There, they are reunited with other survivors, including Coco, Mallory, Mr. Gallant, and Evie. Life at the Outpost includes strict rules and severe punishments. Eighteen months pass and the situation and food supplies are at critical condition at the Outpost. A man from the Cooperative, Michael Langdon, arrives and announces that he will judge who deserves to be truly saved.

8×02: The Morning After
Directed by: Jennifer Lynch | Written by James Wong
Airdate: September 19, 2018

Langdon introduces himself to the guests of Outpost 3 and explains his duty. He inquires Mr. Gallant about his sexual orientation and his hatred towards his grandmother. Later, the Rubber Man approaches Gallant in his bedroom and Evie catches the two having sex. She reports their insubordination to Ms. Mead. Timothy and Emily discover recent Cooperative e-mails detailing Venable’s transgressions against proper Outpost protocol. Gallant refuses to reveal the identity of the Rubber Man to Venable. Gallant assures Langdon that he did not reveal his identity and Langdon asserts that he is not the Rubber Man and that he would never have sex with him. Timothy and Emily cast aspersions on the rules of Outpost 3 and they have sex for the first time. The Rubber Man attempts to seduce Gallant once again and Gallant stabs him with scissors. Langdon appears and Gallant finds himself looking upon his grandmother’s bloody corpse. Timothy and Emily are caught in bed and are sentenced to death. Timothy shoots Mead in the stomach and her wound reveals internal wiring and white liquid.

8×03: Forbidden Fruit
Directed by: Lini Peristere | Written by Manny Coto
Airdate: September 26, 2018

Langdon unveils his true demonic form to Mallory and she makes flames shoot from a fireplace. Venable confides to Mead that she has not been selected to move on to the Sanctuary and Mead suggests they kill everyone. Brock navigates a nuclear wasteland and guns down a cannibalistic tribe. He then beholds a horse-drawn carriage pass by. The carriage delivers apples to Outpost 3 and Venable resolves to inject them with venom. Brock infiltrates Outpost 3 and attends Venable’s Halloween masquerade ball. Coco, presuming Brock to be Langdon in costume, seduces him back to her bedroom. Brock then reveals himself to Coco and stabs her in the forehead. The Outpost 3 guests bob for poisonous apples. Venable instructs everyone to wait to eat simultaneously. The guests comply and concurrently succumb to the poison. Venable and Mead confront Langdon and Venable proclaims that they will be making the selections. Mead shoots Venable under order from Langdon. Langdon tells Mead she was modeled after a caregiver from his childhood, which consoles her. Later, Cordelia Goode, Madison Montgomery, and Myrtle Snow descend upon Outpost 3 and Cordelia resurrects Mallory, Dinah, and Coco.

8×04: Could it be… Satan?
Directed by: Sheree Folkson | Written by Tim Minear
Airdate: October 3, 2018

Three years before the nuclear blast, the Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men seeks out Michael Langdon, who has been arrested for killing a man who insulted the woman Mead is modeled after. He is put to the test and displays tremendous abilities. Miss Robichaux’s Academy is summoned for a meeting and Cordelia scoffs at the Grand Chancellor’s suspicion that Michael may be the first male Supreme, known as the Alpha. To prove his power, Michael saves Queenie from eternal damnation at the Hotel Cortez and fetches Madison from her personal hell.

8×05: Boy Wonder
Directed by: Gwyneth Horder-Payton | Written by John J. Gray
Airdate: October 10, 2018

Cordelia has a frightening vision of a destroyed Miss Robichaux’s Academy and being attacked by disease-ridden people. Later, she announces that Langdon will take the Seven Wonders, something that she is berated for by Myrtle. Mallory’s abilities soon intensify and Cordelia reveals that she is dying and slowly starting to lose her Supremacy. John Henry Moore discovers Langdon’s true self but Mead interferes before he can warn anyone and kills him. During the test, Cordelia asks Langdon to bring Misty Day back to life, so he breaks her out of her personal hell. It is revealed that Cordelia has been planning an army against Langdon and used him to resurrect her students. Later, Cordelia asks Madison and a suspicious Behold to investigate Langdon’s origins at the Murder House.

8×06: Return to Murder House
Directed by: Sarah Paulson | Written by Crystal Liu
Airdate: October 17, 2018

Madison and Behold buy the Murder House on behalf of the Coven, under the pretense that they are a married couple. They cast a spell to force the spirits of the house to appear to them. They encounter the ghost of Constance Langdon, who agrees to provide information on her grandson Michael if they banish her old nemesis, Moira O’Hara, from the house. Madison and Behold exhume Moira’s bones, and bury them with her mother’s; Moira is then set free from the house. Constance tells them that she sensed an evil in Michael from very early on. In his youth, he began killing animals, and then his babysitter. After Michael ages ten years overnight, Constance enlists the help of a Catholic priest, whom Michael kills. Constance, out of hopelessness, commits suicide in the Murder House, where she is reunited with Tate, Beauregard, and her fourth child, a little girl with no eyes. Madison and Behold then interview Ben and Vivien Harmon, who further reveal the evil in Michael’s soul. Vivien tells them that Michael’s father is neither Ben nor Tate, but the evil of the Murder House. Before leaving with Behold, Madison reunites Tate and Violet.

8×07: Traitor
Directed by: Jennifer Lynch | Written by Adam Penn
Airdate: October 24, 2018

With the help of voodoo queen Dinah Stevens, Cordelia arranges a meeting with Papa Legba in an attempt to prevent Langdon’s plans. Legba reveals that he owns Nan’s soul, and agrees to help entrap Langdon under the condition that Cordelia give him the souls of the remaining girls. Cordelia refuses, and Legba disappears. In order to learn more about the warlocks and their plans, Madison enlists the help of Myrtle’s long time friend, witch-actress Bubbles McGee, who specialises in reading the thoughts and souls of others. At a dinner party held by Myrtle, Bubbles discovers that Ariel and Baldwin know about the death of John Henry, and that they are planning to kill the women of the coven. Zoe suspects Mallory to be the true next Supreme after she saves Coco from choking and confides in Cordelia. Later, Mallory passes the Seven Wonders after successfully resurrecting John Henry. The coven then capture Ariel, Baldwin, and Mead, and burn them at the stake for their betrayals.

8×08: Sojourn
Directed by: Bradley Buecker | Written by Josh Green
Airdate: October 31, 2018

After breaking down over Mead’s charred remains, Langdon is confronted by Cordelia, who informs him that Mead’s soul is hidden by a spell. Langdon, unable to bring her back, flees into the forest seeking guidance from Satan. Unsuccessfully, Langdon remains strong, but confused, and is led to an obscure Satanic church in the city. At the church, he meets Madelyn, who brings him to her home and offers him food. At her house, Madelyn tells Langdon that she has secured everything in life by selling her soul. Langdon reveals that he is the Antichrist, and Madelyn takes him back to the church, where the congregation falls at his feet in worship. Langdon tells his followers that he has no ambition or plan now that Mead is dead, despite their willingness to help usher in the end of times. Madelyn takes Langdon to a robotics corporation, run by engineers Mutt and Jeff, who have sold their souls in the same way the other Satanists. It is revealed that Ms. Venable worked for the corporation before the nuclear blast, and that Mutt and Jeff were responsible for recreating Mead’s android.

8×09: Fire and Reign
Directed by: Jennifer Arnold | Written by Asha Michelle Wilson
Airdate: November 7, 2018

Dinah helps Langdon and Mead infiltrate the Coven, and in turn Satan green-lights thirteen episodes of her talk show. Mead guns down most of the witches, including Queenie, Bubbles, and Zoe. Cordelia, unable to resurrect them, is told by Madison that their souls have been erased from existence. The remaining girls take refuge in Misty’s swamp-shack, where Myrtle tells them of an ancient spell that no witch has ever been capable of casting. This spell can undo past events. Myrtle asks Mallory to travel to Russia in 1918, and save Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanova, a secret witch, from her murder. Mallory’s attempt to save Anastasia fails, though Myrtle notes that she is the first witch to successfully travel through time. Because of Mallory’s near-success, Cordelia contemplates her own death so she can rise as new Supreme, but Myrtle discourages her. Mutt and Jeff, who have been controlling Mead the whole time, meet with Langdon and inform him that the Cooperative is the ancient Order of the Illuminati, an organization made up of world elites that have sold their soul to Satan. Langdon meets with the Illuminati, informing them of the Outposts and begins to plan the end of times.