It was a clunky introduction of a new power that no other witch has save the Supreme of Supremes, but despite that landing with a thud, it doesn't really detract from the episode.
The Antichrist comes anyway.
American Horror Story is not subtle. American Horror Story is camp, Grand Guignol, borderline psycho-biddy, and as such, if it were too nuanced, it wouldn't be nearly as much fun. Apocalypse leans into everything that could be complained about—violence, gore, bringing characters back from the dead, jumping forward and backward in time, melodrama—and attacks them directly, like a coven of witches fighting off the Antichrist.
Part of what's always made American Horror Story work is complete commitment. The writers pick a direction, and they go for it, no matter what it might be or how it might be perceived. If anyone can come back from the dead, then everyone is going to come back from the dead, and it wouldn't be a Coven series without brief reappearances by Delphine and the surprise return of Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen, who takes back her throne from the usurper Dinah Stephens with a well-timed quip and an even better-timed swing of a machete.
The resulting spray of blood from an opened artery is absolutely beautiful, like a scene from a 70s samurai flick. The reassembled coven does its best to stop Michael's merciless onslaught, but as Cordelia confirms, he's too powerful.
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He snaps necks with a snap of his fingers. He rips out a heart. He fights through magical barriers and sheds off being shot a dozen or more times. The only thing that can stop Michael is, of all things, Mallory's ability to travel through time. Writers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk aren't reinventing the wheel, but time travel does give the two an opportunity to bring back Jessica Lange as Constance again.
Her exchanges with Michael are some of the best on the show, with Lange really digging into the material to find more emotional core and Cody Fern doing a solid job of matching her as the younger, more pathetic version of Michael. Cordelia, prior to the time jump, calls him out as a scared little boy, and Fern does a good job of performing that.
He makes his voice higher and his body language timider, cowed by the fierce anger of Constance despite his great power. Even when he grabs her by the throat, she's still very much in charge and he's still very much afraid especially after Mallory stops his rise to power before it begins. Even though the episode leans towards voiceover by the end, as Mallory explains her status as the Billy Pilgrim of the American Horror Story universe, it's still a very satisfying ending. The quality performances are played up by director Bradley Buecker.
He shoots Michael differently depending on whether or not he's fully in his power or if he's a scared kid; Antichrist Michael seems to be shot at an upward angle, making him more imposing.
His assault on the invading witches is a lot of fun. The fights, such as they are, are fun, and the special effects, for the most part, look good. The only dodgy bit is his broken leg, but it's forgivable since it's a brief shot. The gunshots look good, and the blood is appropriately splattery. It's satisfying, even if it only lasts a minute. The final episode of AHS: Apocalypse 'Apocalypse Then' featured time-travel and revealed that the universe now takes place in a brand new timeline, but what does it all mean and how will it affect the future of the show?
That's it. It's done. American Horror Story has officially closed the book on the most ambitious crossover event in history.
After an intense ten episodes, packed with new characters, old characters , surprise cameo appearances, plot twists, references, Satanic rituals, explicit sex scenes and some very questionable wigs , AHS: Apocalypse came to a stunning end with the finale episode, titled 'Apocalypse Then. And what does it all mean for AHS going forward? All season, the show has been building towards the eventual undoing of the apocalypse, set in motion by Cody Fern 's Michael Langdon , the Antichrist with the good hair.
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A young witch called Mallory Billie Lourd who possessed the ability to go back in time and change the course of events. The final episode explained exactly that - how the apocalypse was able to be stopped - and it even managed to explain away that massive plot hole regarding Billie Dean Howard's trip to Hotel Cortez in that has been looming over the show ever since it was revealed that the world was destroyed by nuclear war in After Myrtle secures two spots in the bunker for Coco and Mallory, Cordelia places them under an identity spell which wipes their memories, but not their powers.
Mallory's powers will continue to strengthen and will later show themselves when they're ready, although she will not know why. Coco and Mallory then start their new lives in LA until the bomb drops. They are awakened when Mallory's powers start to show themselves. They arrive at the bunker and revive the witches. Marie Laveau is brought back from hell and Dinah is killed in her place.
Madison then 'kills' Michael so that Mallory can do her little bath spell without being in danger but Mallory is stabbed by Brock, who is still in the bunker.
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Myrtle kills him. Michael comes back to life and kills Madison.
He then kills Marie and Coco. Mallory cannot go back in time until she is at full strength so Cordelia sacrifices herself!! Cordelia dies, Mallory becomes the Supreme and is able to go back in time. Mallory goes back to , at the exact moment Constance finds the dead priest in suddenly grown-up Michael's room.
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Instead of leaving and killing herself, Constance throws him out on the street and out of her life. As he's leaving the house, Mallory hits him with her car, reverses and drives over him again. He's dead. The apocalypse is cancelled. That exact course of events will never happen and the future has been changed or has it?
Mallory from then arrives at Miss Robichaux's Academy, as she did back in it's assumed that she's taken over her own body and is welcomed by Cordelia, who doesn't recognise her despite Mallory knowing everything. Zoe is alive, Queenie is alive but Myrtle is still dead. Mallory brings back Misty from hell but not Madison, yet and the Coven go about their lives without worrying about the apocalypse.