We're going to have to see some characters from Murder House and Coven showing up soon considering nearly all of the new Apocalypse characters have been killed off. Or have they?
American Horror Story has made a tradition of Halloween-themed episodes, as this it's a special time when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead are especially thin, allowing for horrifying encounters. Let's just hope whatever Halloween parties you might be planning to attend go better than the one at Outpost Three in Forbidden Fruit!
The "Cooperation" continues as antichrist Michael Langdon (Corey Fern) vets the compound's survivors, picking the best of the bunch for salvation. Those who make the cut will be taken to the Sanctuary, a fortified area teeming with Earthly delights and (most importantly) safety from the horrors of life post-apocalypse. It seems virtue isn't a qualifying characteristic!
We catch up with Coco's boyfriend Brock (Billy Eichner) who's been on her trail since she abandoned him in Los Angeles just before the bombs dropped. He's looking much worse for wear after a year and a half of radioactive fallout; his predicament has also increased his ire exponentially. He's heard rumors about Outpost Three and, after offing a clan of cannibals, he hops a familiar looking horse drawn carriage rightly deducing it'll bring his closer to his betrayer.
Mallory (Billie Lourd) displays some previously-unknown and shocking powers; we immediately assume this means she's a witch (and our suspicions are confirmed by the episode's conclusion).
The carriage arrives at Outpost Three; in addition to a stow-away, it contains a chest of delicious apples, a rarity indeed since the apocalypse kicked off. Ms. Venable (Sarah Paulson) and Ms. Mead (Kathy Bates) devise a plan to turn the offering into actual forbidden fruit; it's all part of a scheme to ensure spots at the Sanctuary by eliminating the competition.
Speaking of Ms. Mead, we still don't know exactly what she is, but she's definitely a machine. She dressed up as Rosie from The Jetson's for Halloween 1962; on Halloween 1968, she gets felt up during a screening of Rosemary's Baby and commits her first murder on Halloween 1988. Of course, these are just artificial memories.
Venable puts on a Victorian-themed Halloween party in the Library, where the survivors bob for apples, each poisoned by snake venom. What follows is a variation of an infamous scene from Stand by Me: Complete and total barf-o-rama! Death follows. The only one who escaped the massacre was Coco (Leslie Grossman) who snuck off to her bedroom to anally pleasure a costumed man she believed to be Langdon. Nope, it's Brock-and he buries a knife into his ex-lover's forehead.
Believing they're sole survivors, Venable and Mead confront Langdon in an attempt to completely turn the tables. In a stunning twist, Mead assassinates her master shooting Venable in the heart. It's revealed that's she's actually Langdon's creation, and he hints she may embody his grandmother from Murder House: Constance Langdon (played by Jessica Lange).
As the music on the radio changes once again as a trio of familiar silhouettes enter Outpost Three: It's the witches of Coven: Cordelia Foxx (Paulson), Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy), and Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts). Foxx resurrects the Coven's "Sisters": Mallory, Coco, and Dinah Stevens (Adina Porter). As they return to life gasping, Montgomery confronts Mallory utters the line that's already been celebrated on social media:
"Surprise bitch, I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me!"
Check back next Thursday for another recap; American Horror Story: Apocalypse airs on FX.