American Horror Story: Apocalypse E9 — “Fire & Reign” (Recap)

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It looks as though it’s the end of the road for John Henry Moore and the warlocks, but this is American Horror Story so one can never be too sure. Image courtesy of FX

The remaining members of The Coven, which consist of Cordelia, Mallory, Madison Montgomery, Myrtle Snow, and presumably Coco St. Pierre, though I don’t remember seeing her in the episode, are hiding out in Misty Day’s shack. Cordelia is attempting to astral project to revive Violet and Queenie. At this point, Madison reveals to Cordelia Michael’s ability to burn people’s souls. Cordelia is infuriated that she’s just now finding out about this and the two witches start to scream at each other. Myrtle breaks up the fight.

Apparently, Mallory’s powers, which she revealed earlier in the season when bringing a deer back to live, involve being able to go back in time to change history. Myrtle and Cordelia are sure that Mallory can go back in time to save The Coven — although all tales of other witches attempting the spell have resulted in death. Myrtle wants to send Mallory back to a point in time where if she prevented a death, it wouldn’t result in too huge of a historical alteration, so she sends Mallory back to the Bolshevik revolution via some chanting and putting Mallory in a bathtub.

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Somehow this sends Mallory to 1918 Siberia with Tsar Nicholas and his daughter Anastasia, who, in the Ryan Murphy multiverse, is a witch. Mallory is supposed to save Anastasia and Nicholas from getting killed. She tries several times and fails. Myrtle and Cordelia are scared and don’t know what to do next. Myrtle says that they should “invoke the sacred taking” which is not explained much further, but it needs to happen because “Michael is coming and there is nothing we can do to stop him.”

Cordelia and Myrtle go to The Hawthorne School or The Warlock Academy…whatever you want to call it, to get some assistance from John Henry and Behold Chablis. Upon arriving there, they discover quite a gruesome scene. Michael had killed Behold and John Henry as well as every other student at the school, dismembering some to form their bodies and limbs into a human pentagram. How cute.

At this point, Michael is preparing to meet with The Cooperative and it looks as though Mutt and Jeff have already started the planning for The Outposts we see at the beginning of the season. At this time, when Ms. Venable is just about leave these ding-dongs for good, she is offered the opportunity to be in charge of an outpost. They know that Ms. Venable is power-hungry and that she will definitely jump at this opportunity to exert power over people in a vulnerable end-of-the-world scenario. She jumps at the opportunity, which takes us up to the beginning of the season with her story.

Michael then meets with The Cooperative who look like some sort of Goth Daft Punk gang, all masked and black clad in a Satanic conference room. Michael explains to them that since his father owns them, since they all sold their souls, in essence Michael owns them too.

“The time has come to wipe the slate clean. It’s time for the Apocalypse,” Michael states and instructs them to get cracking on Outpost construction.

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So how does Michael get from where he is in this episode to where he is when we first meet him in the season. How does Miriam not know who Michael is when we first meet her? How do Mallory and Coco St. Pierre end up in the master-servant relationship they’re in at the beginning of the season?

And more importantly, how in the hell are Cordelia, Myrtle, and Madison going to stop Michael? I’m a little worried that one hour-long episode is not going to be able to wrap up the monumental storyline that has been set forth by Murphy and Company this season. I’m here for the long haul however, and later this week, we’ll find out how it all comes together, if it does at all.

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