Welcome back to Bleeding Cool‘s weekly review of FX‘s American Horror Story: Apocalypse, where this week we’re looking at the ninth and penultimate episode of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk‘s popular horror anthology series, ‘Fire and Reign.’
In last week’s episode, Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) had everything in place to put him down for good after taking out two warlock-traitor lackeys and his “Lady Macbeth” Mead (Kathy Bates). And then she blinked, reaching out her hand in good faith (some interesting irony there) to Michael “Do You Remember I’m The Antichrist?” Langdon (Cody Fern) to offer him a path to redemption. Her offer was not well received – and then she let him walk away.
This week, Michael makes her regret that decision in a big way…
Check out our review of ‘Fire and Reign’ to find out why this episode has our “Ryan Murphy’s Running Out of Time” meter inching higher and higher (that’s not good) as we head into next week’s season finale…
Spoiler Warning: I’ll be covering some themes and takeaways involving major and minor plot points from the episode, so just keep that in mind. Definitely not looking for pitchforks and torches outside my apartment.
Here’s a look back at Bleeding Cool’s review of last week’s ‘Sojourn’:
Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Emma Roberts, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, and Stevie Nicks have returned to Murphy’s horrific universe. Joan Collins (Dynasty), Cody Fern (House of Cards), Ashley Santos (We All Fall Down), and Kyle Allen (The Path) serve as new cast members for the season.
Now get your scorecards out to see how everyone matches up, AHS fans! Rabe appeared in the Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Hotel, and Roanoke seasons, while Sidibe appeared in Coven, Freak Show, and Hotel. Farmiga appeared in Murder House, Coven, and Roanoke; AHS mainstay Conroy appeared in six seasons: Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Roanoke, and Cult. Nicks appeared as the White Witch during Coven.
Meanwhile… Paulson’s Billie Dean Howard appeared in Murder House, and her Cordelia Foxx appeared in Coven. Peters played ghostly teen Tate Langdon in Murder House and fraternity president Kyle Spencer in Coven. Lange’s Constance Langdon appeared in Murder House, while Bates and Roberts joined the franchise during Coven as Madame Delphine LaLaurie and Madison Montgomery, respectively.
And then we have new characters… Paulson as Ms. Wilhemina Venable, Peters as Mr. Gallant, Bates as Ms. Miriam Mead, Grossman as Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt, Lourd as Mallory, and Porter as Dinah Steven