The Ending of the ‘AHS: Apocalypse’ Finale Made Absolutely No Sense

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the season finale of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse”)

Hail a different Satan?

If you just finished the “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” finale, you probably have a lot of questions racing through your mind. But the biggest has to be, “What the heck just happened at the end there?” Yes, the season closer for the eighth installment in Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series simultaneously gave us way too much information and not even remotely enough context for that information in the last couple minutes, which resulted in us knowing even less than we did going into this finale.

So what happens here is those two teens who were kidnapped and brought to Outpost 3, who haven’t been seen since Episode 3, popped up with just a few minutes left on the clock. We see them in the new timeline after Mallory (Billie Lourd) turned back the clock so she could kill Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) before he rose to power, eliminating the threat of the Antichrist and canceling the nuclear apocalypse once and for all — or so we thought.

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Right, so these two — their names are Emily (Ash Santos) and Timothy (Kyle Allen), and it’s OK if you don’t remember that because who even are these people — meet randomly in that new, apocalypse-free timeline. She’s protesting in front of a coffee shop and they bump into each other in a meet-cute and then we cut to a year later and she’s having his baby. Things seem OK-ish, but then we’re already meant to have a bad feeling as it looks like someone is spying on them from the shadows?

Then we cut to three years later, and the teens are now parents coming home from a date night. They complain about how their now 3-year-old son is so angry all the time and how it’s nice to have a break. Emily and Timothy head back into their home and go to relieve the babysitter. But as they do, Timothy notices bloody handprints smeared on the wall going toward their little boy’s bedroom. They rush to the door and see the little guy sitting in a rocking chair, covered in blood while his dead babysitter lies motionless on the carpet. He’s killed her, a la Michael Langdon as a toddler.

This scene is basically a shot for shot shoutout to when Constance found her grandson at the end of “AHS: Murder House.” Only Emily looks horrified, and Jessica Lange’s character was a little giggly.

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So while these two are freaking out about what their son has done, the doorbell rings. Timothy goes to answer it and we see the Black Pope Anton LaVey (Carlo Rota) and Mead (Kathy Bates) — the Satanists who once came looking for Michael Langdon and performed the ceremony that turned him fully into the Antichrist — now searching for this new son of Satan.

Now none of this makes sense, because up until now there’s been no indication there is anything special about these two — even after they were taken to Outpost 3 for supposedly having something unique or great about their DNA worth saving. And they certainly don’t appear to provide anything like the pedigree that Michael Langdon, who was born of a union between a ghost and a living woman, had.

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So, presumably the takeaway here is that Emily and Timothy were taken to Outpost 3 because of whatever they had in them that ended up creating this other Antichrist baby. But, like, in that timeline the Antichrist was already around and actively destroying the world — why would the Cooperative need them, given they’re already superfluous?

We probably shouldn’t ponder any of this too hard, because there’s no way to figure it out without speculating wildly. So we’ll just leave it at that.

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6 Big Questions the ‘AHS: Apocalypse’ Finale Didn’t Answer

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the finale of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.”)

We wondered last week how exactly Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the rest of the creative team on “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” could possibly finish up this whole thing in just one episode. And in Wednesday’s finale, we got our answer: not that well. The “AHS: Apocalypse” season finale speeds through the resolution to what was a pretty epic tale, leaving big plot threads dangling and not really paying off on so many points the show had set up early on.

So in order to work through our frustration with the finale, let’s take a look at the parts of the episode, and the season as a whole, that just don’t make sense now that it’s finally all over.

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1. What’s up with Emily and Timothy, the teenagers from Outpost 3?

It was always kind of a mystery why Emily (Ash Santos) and Timothy (Kyle Allen) were kidnapped and taken to the outpost when the nuclear apocalypse went down. They were told it was because of their DNA or whatever, but that always felt like a cover for something more nefarious, especially after it was discovered that it was Satanists who both caused the apocalypse and set up the outposts.

The end of the finale feels like it’s supposed to be an answer to that question of why they were chosen. After Mallory (Billie Lourd) successfully averts the apocalypse, the two meet by chance and then have a kid who ends up being a new Antichrist. So presumably, they were picked because Michael (Cody Fern) or somebody else knew about that potential.

But why? Michael Langdon was the Antichrist because he came to be under pretty specific circumstances — having been conceived through the union of a living woman and a dead man.

There’s no tangible evidence anywhere in “AHS: Apocalypse” that Emily and Timothy are special in a similar way. By all appearances they’re just regular people. And why would that potential matter in a world in which the Antichrist is already running around being evil? Seriously, nothing about this whole story really follows.

2. Why would Mallory need to go to the outpost to survive if the other witches survived without shelter?

Cordelia comments early in the finale that the safest place for Mallory is right under Michael’s nose while placed under an identity spell to suppress her magical abilities. Meanwhile, Cordelia (Sarah Paulson), Myrtle (Frances Conroy) and Madison (Emma Roberts) survive by, apparently, burying themselves alive and placing themselves in some kind of hibernation. It’s unclear why the outpost is a better option, because there’s no indication that Mallory would be able to break the spell on her own, should something happen to Cordelia.

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The only possible explanation is that Cordelia knew that if she herself were to die in the apocalypse, that would allow Mallory to attain the full powers of the Supreme, which I guess could cause her to “wake up” from the identity spell and also allow her to pull off the time travel thing. That is, after all, how the whole thing ended up playing out anyway.

But if that was actually the plan, it seems as though Cordelia could have just killed herself before the apocalypse, granting Mallory the Supreme powers and doing the time travel thing earlier. There would have been no need for the apocalypse to ever happen, much less put Mallory in such a dangerous position.

3. Why did any of that crazy stuff that went down in Outpost 3 happen?

It’s easy to forget all that stuff, but narratively everything that happened in the first three episodes of “AHS: Apocalypse” was right before the big final battle. So you have Michael showing up talking about how outposts are being overrun and he needs to take some people to another safe place, then he does some tests to figure out who to take and the Rubber Man makes Mr. Gallant (Evan Peters) murder his grandma, Evie (Joan Collins) and some dead snakes come back to life and then Mead (Kathy Bates) and Venable (also Paulson) poison everybody.

None of those things are addressed in the finale. No explanation for why Michael was visiting the outpost. No info about who has been taking out the other outposts, or if Michael was lying about that. No mention of what Michael had been up to at all over the 18 months since the apocalypse happened. It’s as though the writers forgot about all that stuff just as quickly as many viewers did.

4. Who was the Rubber Man in the outpost?

I know I mentioned this above, but it bears repeating because it was such a huge thing at the time. The show demonstrated very clearly both that Michael was not the one wearing the suit, because he was present in his normal attire while the Rubber Man was having sex with Mr. Gallant. Maybe it was some kind of projection of Michael’s? The actual Rubber Man was his dad, after all, and in a flashback we saw that Michael dressed up as the Rubber Man as a teenager. But that’s just a guess because “AHS” declined to actually explain anything about it. Right now it just feels like a random reference.

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5. How even does the magic time travel spell work?

Last week, Mallory went back to 1918 Russia, clearly as some kind of projection since she faded out and returned to the present as her powers waned. But this time she went back in time, ran over teenaged Michael with a car… and then just stayed there in the past. These concepts do not line up at all, and there was so little explanation for what the tempes infinitum spell actually did that we can’t reconcile them.

6. Why did the plane that flew Coco and Mallory to the outpost not have a pilot?

At the end of the cold open for the very first episode of “AHS: Apocalypse” we saw Coco (Leslie Grossman), Mallory, Mr. Gallant and Evie get on a plane that took them to Outpost 3. And as the scene ended, just before the opening credits started, they go into the cockpit and see that the plane is flying itself. And no mention was ever made of this phenomenon after that scene. Was there a reason? There had to be, right? It was a shocking point they made sure to include in the premiere, so why do they never come back to it or decide it was worth clearing up?

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(Warning; This post contains spoilers for “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” through Wednesday’s episode.)

Kathy Bates has played many characters on her years with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s “American Horror Story.” But after taking a year off during Season 7, her return for the current installment, “Apocalypse,” brought with it her most challenging role — er, roles — for the FX series thus far: a former Mossad agent and Satanist (and a robot version of that former Mossad agent and Satanist), both living to serve the Antichrist.

And, honestly, Bates wasn’t prepared for either part.

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“No. No. No. Nor did I know that I would become a Satanist,” Bates told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Friday, when asked if she knew her storyline for Season 8 when she agreed to come back. “I have to tell you, when I got that script and they had me praying to Satan, I called them down to my trailer and I said, ‘Dudes, I am not praying to Satan. Cody [Fern] can pray to Satan because he is Satan.’”

“But I was quite serious about it because I’m a two-time cancer survivor and I’m not gonna screw around with that! [Laughs] It’s bad enough I have to say ‘Hail Satan’ a couple of times,” Bates continued. “I know it’s entertainment but I just didn’t want to do it. But [executive producer/writer] Tim [Minear] gave me a little more information about it but it was the same as it was every year. They give you kind of a rough idea and then you get a script and go, ‘Oh my God! I didn’t know that was going to happen!’”

Bates agreed this is definitely the darkest she’s had to go for the anthology series, which airs its final episode of its current season next Wednesday.

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“Yeah, she’s…I don’t know if I can really describe her because she’s kind of a cipher in a lot of ways. I really plugged into the whole Mossad thing,” Bates said. “She was a killer and she was emotionless about that. She was very robotic and mechanical and still, and I think she was full of fervor and rage and all those things. But it was kinda cool to play someone as still as that.”

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers from the Nov. 7 episode of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.”)

So little time, and so much to explain. The “AHS: Apocalypse” finale airs one week from tonight, and based on today’s installment of Season 8, titled “Fire and Reign,” we’re not totally confident the Ryan Murphy anthology series is going to be able to securely wrap up every thread it’s created over the last nine episodes.

Here are the biggest loose threads we’re pulling at right now, as we prepare for the end of this end of days tale. Here’s hoping someone ties them up next Wednesday.

Cordelia’s plan

So presumably all this will end with the witches triumphing over the Antichrist Michael Langdon. And presumably that victory will involve Mallory’s recently revealed time travel ability. But the ninth episode left us will a couple years still to go until the apocalypse actually occurs — and we don’t really know what Cordelia is planning to do about that. That’s assuming she even has a plan beyond waiting for Mallory’s skills to improve.

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Why Coco and Mallory were in Outpost 3

These two witches were apparently placed under an identity spell and were given access to Outpost 3 to ride out the apocalypse because of Coco’s father’s connections. But why? It can’t be as simple as just a way to keep Mallory safe, because the other surviving witches didn’t apparently need to hide underground to make it through — and it didn’t keep her safe, because she died there.

So was it just an accident that they ended up holed up in there while oblivious to the war with Michael because of the spell? Or was this part of Cordelia’s long-term plan somehow? Whatever the answer is, this will probably need to be the main thread of next week’s finale.

The story of those teenagers from the outpost

You know, those teens we haven’t seen in a million years because we finally got into the “Coven” and “Murder House” stuff after Episode 3 and haven’t been back to the Outpost in the present day since? Those two were taken into the bunker because they were special, allegedly due to their genetics, so they got to be purples. They also fell in love and were breaking Venable’s rules by hooking up in the Outpost. How do they play into the bigger story here? They have to, right? Early on it felt very much like there was a big mystery to their inclusion at the outpost, so it would be weird if “Apocalypse” just never followed up on them.

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How did Mead and Venable get together?

So by the end of the penultimate episode of “Apocalypse,” Mead knows she’s a robot and Venable has been promised she’s going to get total control of one of these outposts that are being constructed by the Illuminati on Michael’s orders. But what we need to know now is how we get from Point A to Point B, in that the Venable and Mead we know post-apocalypse were working together as a unit, and Mead had no idea she was a robot. So how does her memory get wiped, and who puts her and Venable together to rule that outpost with an iron fist?

Basically everything else involving Outpost 3

It’s been so long since we were actually back in the Outpost, in the present day — and when we say present day, we mean the timeline after the apocalypse. The one where Cordelia, Myrtle and Madison had just busted in after everyone inside Outpost 3 died by poison apple, so they could bring back Mallory, Dinah and Coco. But everything in the first three episodes of Season 8 that occurred inside the outpost, including all of Michael’s weird tests and all the scheming Venable and Mead were doing and the appearance of the Rubber Man, just doesn’t add up at this point. If you can even remember what they were doing, that is.

Dinah Stevens’ whole thing

Alright, she was firmly Team Langdon — or firmly Team Dinah — when she helped Michael come in and wipe out all the Coven witches who were inside the academy. And she was rewarded for that act of betrayal against Cordelia’s girls by getting the green light for her own talk show. But we also know she ends up in Outpost 3 with everyone else, under an identity spell that may or may not have been cast by Cordelia.

After “waking up,” Dinah doesn’t want anything to do with this end of days battle in the present timeline — even though it doesn’t really seem like a policy of strict neutrality makes much sense at that point.

We have so many questions about what’s going on with her. Did she strike a deal with Cordelia? The identity spell would imply she wasn’t there by accident. So the finale will need to explain all that.

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All the “Murder House” stuff

It seems almost impossible that we’re doneBecause after Episode 6 took us back to Season 1’s titular haunted mansion, it actually left us with more questions than answers about Michael and his past — and how that affects that apocalypse, the “Coven” witches and the fate of everyone who is trapped in the Murder House. Will Langdon and Cordelia go back to his former home to settle this thing once and for all, and hopefully tie up one giant loose end?

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(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 108 of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” titled “Sojourn”)

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” is going to end with a bang — literally. But what did you expect from a season all about the end of the world?

Yes, after Wednesday’s episode, titled “Sojourn,” we now know Michael Langdon’s plan — to watch the world and everything in it, including those pesky witches, go up in flames — is slowly coming to a head, as we are now just one episode away from the Season 8 finale.

And TheWrap spoke with Cody Fern to get as many details as we possibly could about how his on-screen alter ego — the antichrist himself — plans to duke it out with Supreme Cordelia Goode (Sarah Paulson) and her coven in the last two installments of Ryan Murphy’s “Apocalypse.”

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“What I can say is, the final episode — Ryan is setting up a battle royale,” Fern told TheWrap in an interview on Thursday. “We’ve spent all season doing that. And nobody does a battle royale like Ryan [Murphy] does a battle royale. And there will be a lot of surprises and a lot of twists. I think that the last episode is thrilling, and tragic, and beautiful, and shocking. And it’s many things, and it was many things to all of us [shooting it]. It was a very hard episode to shoot emotionally and I can’t wait for the world to see it. But yeah there are many surprises in store.”

When we asked if the series might return to Murder House — again — this season, Fern said, “Never say never with Ryan. That’s it [laugh].”

See more from TheWrap‘s interview with Fern below, during which he told us what he thinks Michael’s plan is and how he’s definitely underestimating Mallory — the supposed rising supreme witch, played by Billie Lourd — in all this.

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TheWrap: What can you tell us about how Michael gets from where we left off in last night’s episode to where we are when we — presumably — return to the Outpost timeline in the future?

Cody Fern: We’re under such tight lock down with spoilers so I can’t say much. But, what I can share and what I think is important is one of the takeaways from last night’s episode — and full disclosure: I haven’t seen it yet, but you know I was in it for a while [laughs] — is that we’ve seen Michael in the Outpost, Outpost 3, so post-apocalypse. And we’re ramping up to how he got to the apocalypse. And what we have come to understand is that, essentially, Michael has an internal purpose, one that’s directed through him by Satan himself, but that he doesn’t necessarily understand it or how to achieve it. And that this divine purpose, we could call it, is going about, you know, bringing itself to fruition as was prophesied.

Now for Michael, what’s important is that what we’ve seen is Cordelia has burned Mead (Kathy Bates), and the warlocks — but it’s mainly Mead that Michael cares about. And the promise that Michael makes to Cordelia, that “I will find every single one of you and I will kill you,” is important. Because what we now have and what we should now understand is that, the Armageddon is not some inner-specific mission of Michael’s, but rather it’s a very personal mission directed at Cordelia.

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And as we’ve seen in Outpost 3, when Cordelia comes and says, “find our sisters,” and Michael is not surprised that she’s here and he says, “You’re going to wish you were all still dead when I’m finished with you.” And there is unfinished business here, and that that personalization of what the Armageddon is is going to be important moving forward when we get into Episode 9 and then Episode 10.

So how do the events in Episode 8 set up where we are going from here?

Now the dynamic has shifted. It’s no longer just about stopping Michael from ending the world, but it’s the understanding that, with a prophesy, sometimes it’s you change one thing, but that could lead to the change of events that causes the thing that you would find to stop. And I think that’s the case in Episode 8. By burning Mead and taking away Michael’s righthand woman, [Cordelia] leads to a chain of events that causes Michael to seek out the Satanists to ultimately help him to moving into ending the world. And we’re going to get back to Outpost 3 and I’m going to get to wear the wig again!

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Should Michael be more afraid of Cordelia or Mallory — who appears to be the rising supreme —  at this point?

I think Michael’s afraid of what he doesn’t know. And that’s not to get that, while we’re seeing Mallory developing certain powers, Michael’s unaware of those. He meets Mallory for the first time in Outpost 3 and that first interaction that he’s had with her and then moments later everybody is dead and the witches are coming into the outpost and here we go. And Cordelia has revived Mallory, but he doesn’t have an understanding of who Mallory is. He doesn’t know what Mallory’s powers are. He just knows she’s a very powerful witch. Because in his mind, he’s hell-bent on Cordelia and that’s one of his flaws at this time. He’s so focused on destroying Cordelia and making Cordelia suffer for what she’s done to him, that he doesn’t see what’s right in front of him.

TheWrap: There have already been two more seasons of “AHS” ordered. Would you be in them if Ryan asked you back?

If Ryan asked me to do anything, I would walk through fire for him. But also I wouldn’t know what would come next.

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(Spoilers ahead for “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” through the Oct. 31 episode)

On the latest episode of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” the show introduced us to a pair of robotics engineers who had sold their souls to Satan in exchange for career success — played by Billy Eichner and Evan Peters sporting hilarious bowl cuts. And we have a feeling we may have already met these characters back at the beginning of the season.

It’s tempting to think these are just a pair of new characters for Peters and Eichner — the second “Apocalypse” character for Eichner and fourth for Peters. Eichner showed up in the early part of the season as Coco’s (Leslie Grossman) boyfriend Brock, who gets left behind when the nuclear devastation happens, and Peters has played Coco’s hairdresser Mr. Gallant, as well as reprising his “Hotel” and “Murder House” characters.

Obviously, it’s not unusual for actors to play different characters in “AHS,” because it’s an anthology series and a lot of the same people come back for each season. And since “Apocalypse” is a crossover between two previous seasons, there’s been a lot of folks playing multiple roles within this season as they bring back old characters and introduce new ones.

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But something interesting within “Apocalypse” is that we now have three actors — Peters, Eichner and Joan Collins, who is both Evie Gallant and Bubbles McGee — who have played multiple characters that are original to this season. It’s not the first time something like that has happened in “AHS” history, but the way these characters have popped up is pretty unusual. And it leads us to believe that the each of those actors is actually only playing one new character, not two. That Peters’ Jeff the robotics engineer and Mr. Gallant are the same person. That Colins’ Evie and Bubbles are the same person. And that Eichner’s Mutt and Brock are the same person.

Contrast this situation with the myriad of folks Peters played in “Cult” last years — he played Kai, the main protagonist, as well as a bunch of historical figures that Kai hallucinated. So not people who exist in the present, real narrative. These new folks in “Apocalypse,” meanwhile, are active participants in the overall story of the season.

If you think back to the third episode, which feels like a lifetime ago, you’ll recall that when the witches from “Coven” came to Outpost 3 after the robot Ms. Mead poisoned everyone, they resurrected three characters and revealed that they were actually witches who had been placed under an identity spell, which at minimum made them forget they were witches. Two of those characters were Coco and Mallory (Billie Lourd), who had been acting, under the spell, as Coco’s assistant prior to the apocalypse.

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Given that Coco and Mallory were living at least semi-fake lives prior to the apocalypse, it follows that the people closest to them could also have been placed under an identity spell. Considering the spell was apparently part of Cordelia’s (Sarah Paulson) plan to fight Michael Langdon (Cody Fern), it would useful to place people around Coco and Mallory who wouldn’t blow their cover.

And so it would be a very “AHS” twist to have a fourth witch, Bubbles, as backup. And to have another character, like Mr. Gallant to make sure Bubbles ends up where she needs to be. Plus, using an identity spell on other characters could give Coco and Mallory pre-existing relationships in the wild to bolster their cover.

It’s not a perfect theory, however, as there are a few issues that I can’t explain. One very big one is that Venable and Mead, who were running Outpost 3, knew Jeff already because Venable worked at his robotics lab and he actually made Ms. Mead. It would be pretty convenient for them not to recognize him even with his dramatic makeover.

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Likewise, Coco and Mallory were using their real names under the identity spell, and Coco has maintained her relationship with her real family up until the moment they’re incinerated in a nuclear blast. And Coco, at least, seems pretty much like the same person before and after the spell. Brock and Mr. Gallant, by contrast, are completely different than Mutt and Jeff — but for the spell to really work that change would be necessary considering Jeff and Mutt are devoted servants of Satan.

The differences between Evie and Bubbles fall somewhere in between — both characters are actors, but Evie is losing her faculties to age while Bubbles is still super sharp.

So this theory is a bit out there, and has lots of holes — but, honestly, that’s not any different than just watching the show itself given how it’s structured for maximum surprise. Even with only two episodes left, there’s a ton we don’t know about what’s going on in “AHS: Apocalypse,” so it’s hard to imagine any major theory about what’s coming could be airtight at this point.

Either way, we’ll find out very soon.

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(Warning: This interview contains spoilers through Episode 107 of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.”)

Decisions, decisions.

Dinah Stevens (Adina Porter) is trying to avoid taking sides on “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.” And so far, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans has been doing a pretty good job minding her own business in Outpost 3 for the first seven episodes of the eighth installment in the Ryan Murphy anthology series. And that’s partially because we haven’t actually revisited the bunker in a while.

But based on last week’s episode — which dove into Dinah’s backstory with the “Coven” witches and how she advised Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) to sacrifice her girls to help fight Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) in the coming battle, though the Supreme did not heed her warning — it looks like she’s going to need to join a team in the present day, and soon.

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Porter sat down with TheWrap‘s TV reporter Jennifer Maas on Tuesday to chat about why Dinah has been holding out for so long, and if she’s going to stay out of this whole mess, now that she’s been brought back to life by her fellow witches in the Outpost — after everyone down there suffered a nasty case of death by poison apples.

“No, we won’t tap out,” Porter said in the interview above. “But you know, Dinah there was a whole speech that got cut… You know, Switzerland I think got it right. You know what I mean? Switzerland is always neutral, and then they just end up being on the side of the winner.”

So does that mean she knows who the winner here is going to be: antichrist Michael, current Supreme Cordelia or supposedly rising Supreme Mallory (played by Billie Lourd)? Maybe.

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But when asked who she’d put her money on, after a deep breath and a very long pause, she said with a smile, “Switzerland got it right.”

Watch Porter’s full interview — in which she also gives her ideas for the next two seasons of “AHS” — above.

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.

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(Spoilers ahead for the sixth episode of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” “Return to Murder House”)

“American Horror Story” is at its best when it’s having fun, and the “Return to Murder House” episode of “Apocalypse” has one of the most fun scenes of the season when it introduces Anton LeVay (Carlo Rota) and his two Cardinals of the Church of Satan (Kathy Bates and Naomi Grossman) to said Murder House to perform a ritual to set Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) on the path to becoming the Antichrist.

During the ritual, they sacrifice a young woman (Emily Mest), with LaVey reaching inside her body while she’s still alive and pulling out her heart. Which Langdon then takes a big bite out of, triggering a cartoonish devil shadow behind him.

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It’s a really amusing bit for those familiar with the real-life Church of Satan and the real Anton LeVay. In the real world, Satanism exists more as a middle finger to Christianity than an actual religion of its own — this comes through when Grossman is explaining how they found the house: “We followed a dark star from the west.” A direct joke about the Three Wise Men in Bible finding baby Jesus by following a bright star from the east.

In any case, LeVay established the Church of Satan as a sort of nihilistic libertarian humanism club. And they don’t actually worship Satan or anything else. It’s basically all just for funsies. The real LaVey would likely have been amused by his portrayal on the show. His whole thing with Satanism was all about flouting conventions and he relished the sort of villain role he was given by those who were horrified by the concept of Satanism but had no idea what it actually was.

LaVey’s official title in the church was not actually Black Pope, but rather just Bishop of the Church of Satan. “Black Pope” was a moniker given by the media back in the 1960s shortly after the church was founded, when LaVey was drumming up publicity by performing Satanic weddings and giving his three-year-old daughter a “Satanic baptism.”

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LeVay, by the way, died in 1997. The “AHS” version of addresses this by saying that “I faked my death to prepare for this day.” A fun fact about his death: he died on Oct. 29, but his family insisted that it actually happened on Halloween. And then a life sized wax figure of LeVay attended his funeral. I think that probably about sums up what Satanism was all about.

Having thoroughly enjoyed Rota’s LaVey, I can’t help but hope he’ll pop up again somewhere else in “Apocalypse.” It seems like he’s probably out of the picture, since he hasn’t been seen in any of the later scenes depicting Michael’s upbringing, but I’m still going to hope. Only four episodes left, though, so we won’t have to wait too long to find out.

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(Warning: This interview contains spoilers for “Return to Murder House,” Wednesday’s episode of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse”)

Sarah Paulson has been a card-carrying member of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” club since Season 1, “Murder House,” so it’s rather poetic that she make her directorial debut with tonight’s episode of Season 8: “Return to Murder House.”

This installment was, as the title suggests, just under an hour of callbacks to the franchises first season, and arguably the most eagerly-anticipated “Apocalypse” story yet. Fans have been waiting weeks (six, but who’s counting?) for the “Coven”-“Murder House” crossover to finally turn its attention to the “Murder House” side of things, and Murphy entrusted Paulson with the task of getting it all on film — including Jessica Lange, Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott’s returns (with the former having exited “AHS” four seasons ago, and the latter two having been out since the first year.)

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And, yes, the “AHS” lead is very aware of just how big a gig this was for her first crack at directing — especially in a season where she’s also playing three different roles.

Here TheWrap chats with Paulson about working with Lange again, sitting behind the camera and acting in the same scene, what’s in store for the “Apocalypse” season finale, and how long she’ll stick with the franchise.

“Return to Murder House” is arguably the most eagerly-anticipated episode of the season, did you feel increased pressure to make this pivotal episode for fans to be your directorial debut?

I think it was twofold. I felt empowered by Ryan’s trust in me, by saying, “I’m going to give you the biggest episode of the season.” I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but it’s long for our shows. They wrote 72 scenes, when typically we range between 28 and 40 something. So it deserves to be that long, the fans deserve to have that much time with the characters, plus it helps serve the story we are currently telling. So I think I felt both emboldened by his willingness to give me that opportunity with that much at stake. And at the same time I was very cognizant of the fans’ wishes and what they were going to want and how to balance some of that anxiety I would have — you know, it was hard, because I wanted to do right by the characters, but I also kept thinking, “We are making Season 8 because of this first season.” And you’ve gotta honor that and you’ve gotta give the people what they want. And at the same time, I didn’t write the episode, so I can’t shoot what’s not on the page, but I really think that people are going to have plenty of things to be excited about.

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Was it easier doing this episode in particular because you were not as big a part of “Murder House” and could focus more on directing than acting?

I was not as big a part of “Murder House” at all and if I had been in this episode any more than I was, I wouldn’t have survived it (laughs). It was really, really hard to wear both hats. I’m in a scene, watching a scene, directing a scene, giving notes to actors, and then watching a scene again, and then midway through that scene I’ve gotta take my headphones off as a director and from where I’ve been standing in the corner with my wig and my press on nails and my high heels and my bag, I have to then enter the scene and then try to go watch it in playback.

I’m sure I’ve talked to you about this before, but I don’t like to watch my work ever — but I was forced to because my responsibility as director meant I had to make sure I had everything visually where I wanted it to be, in terms of the composition of the frame, but also in terms of storytelling. You have to hit everything, all the actors. Because when you’re in a scene as an actor, you’re not watching the other actor making judgement calls about whether or not what they are doing is authentic or right, that’s none of my business. But then all of a sudden as a director I’m standing there acting in a scene and thinking, “Wait, do I want to give her an adjustment about this? Do I want to give him an adjustment about that?” But I’m also trying to remember my lines and remember this character that I’m playing. So it was challenging, to say the least, and I don’t think — if I am lucky enough to do this again — I’ll put myself in that position of having to wear both hats. Not until I’ve gotten a little bit more time directing under my belt, if I’m lucky enough to again.

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What was it like to direct Jessica Lange, after spending so many seasons co-starring and so many years working together as actors?

I mean, I credit her and every single person in the cast, all of whom I’ve worked with a long time, for making it such an easy transition for me. You know, Jessica hasn’t been on the set of “American Horror Story” in four years. So this was, for her, a new world in a way, because she hasn’t been here in so long. So she was completely open, willing, ready and hungry for my ideas, thoughts, and notions about how to play a scene. And it was humbling, really, because, you know, this is an actor I admire probably more than almost any actor on the planet, and not only is she my friend of almost 15 years, but she is the person I’ve acted opposite most in my working life. So there’s a lot of dynamics at play there, and it could have gone any which way, because when you shift the playing field you never know what happens to people.

But she was so extraordinary and incredibly generous and just on my side. And it made it really easy. And she’s such an extraordinarily gifted actor that every time we did a take she gave me so much rich material and also many ideas of different things she could try. Jessica will give you five different things going on in four words. And it’s a really extraordinary thing, it was a real embarrassment, I actually had nine and a half hours of dailies for my editor to go through the day we shot her stuff sitting at that kitchen table. And it was like 11 pages of dialogue and I had three cameras on her. But he said that I beat his daily record, he’d never had more than seven and a half hours of dailies and I gave him two and a half hours more than that with all of the Jessica Lange stuff. So I felt pretty proud of that, even though it did create a pretty tremendous amount of work for him to have to go through every frame of everything and try to pilfer the best takes from everything.

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What is your favorite thing about the story in tonight’s episode?

Well I think it’s exciting, because it is a bit of an origin story. You are learning about Michael and how he came to be, anyone watching the show is now very well-versed in who Michael Langdon has grown up to be. But anyone who has really watched the show from the beginning remembers that little boy from at the end of Season 1 and the blood on his palms. So it’s kind of an incredible full circle thing, and I just love seeing Michael as he’s essentially a boy. I mean, Cody [Fern] is playing a teenager. And it was just so interesting, like in that moment when the Satanists come to the house and he’s standing there in his t-shirt and his boxers and rubbing his eyes like a child. We just thought it was an interesting juxtaposition between what we know of Michael now and who he’s become, and how he became that way and all of the people in his life that we as fans of the show already have been invested in. Everyone that lived in that house we are invested in.

You are shooting the finale right now. Is it possible that we will see the Murder House — or any of its inhabitants — again this season, possibly in the finale?

I can only say that I think there’s the possibility, because on “American Horror Story” anything is possible. And that’s all you’re gonna get out of me regarding that.

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You announced Jessica’s return during the Television Critics Association press tour this summer, was that because you were directing the episode and did you play any part in asking her to come back?

Well Ryan gave me permission to announce that at TCA, which you know, I don’t do anything without his permission when it comes to announcing anything having to do with anything, because God knows I like my job and want to keep it (laughs). But I was not involved [in asking]. I mean, I think the truth is Jessica has played four extraordinary characters on this show, and Constance was the beginning, and it was a character that was close to her heart. So I don’t think it took much convincing to get her back here for that. I think it was her love of the character, the connection to that character that drew her back. And hopefully it didn’t hurt when he said to her, “Sarah is gonna direct it.” You know, it didn’t make her say no or anything. She still did it. (laughs)

You are playing three parts this season — four, if we’re counting director — and so many other “AHS” actors are playing multiple roles too. Has that been at all confusing or overwhelming?

Honestly, it’s what we’re all here for, that’s partly why we all love it so much is that you just never get bored. Because the minute you are tired of doing one thing, odds are you’re going to be playing something entirely different. So it just keeps your muscles really warm as an actor and it makes you feel — I don’t know, it makes me feel really alive and like a real performer because I got to do so much. And there is no limit to what we could do here, whether or not we should always is another question. But there is no limit to how far we can take things and that’s a really fun, very freeing place to work. And also I love standing there watching an actor that I’ve seen playing one thing all season all of a sudden come in with an entirely different wig, and a different look, in a different costume, with a different voice and you go, “Oh, my God!” And it’s so thrilling. And I think we all get really excited watching people that we know and love come on to play different people. It’s really exciting to watch everyone flex their muscles like that.

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Is there any particular moment in tonight’s episode, a callback or a scene you shot, that you are most excited for fans to see?

I think it’s hard for me to toot my own horn, and I don’t even know how I would — I just can’t believe that I survived it, and that I made it, and that I’m proud of it is enough. And I hope there are many things about it that the audience sees and notices and responds to and that if they like it, I did it on purpose, and if there is anything they don’t like, it was a complete accident. (laughs)

There have already been at least two more seasons of “American Horror Story” ordered. Do you think you’ll stay with it through the end or do you want to switch gears at some point?

I’ve said before that they’re going to have to drag me out of here kicking and screaming, but it’s always up to Ryan, you know? He decides whether or not he has something or whether he wants to reinvent the whole thing and if he decides to do that will he want me around? I don’t know. I can only hope to be here as long as they’re willing to have me, but it’s always in his hands. And I just have always trusted him, so whatever he decides I know will be the right thing.

“American Horror Story” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.

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“American Horror Story” fans eagerly anticipating Jessica Lange, Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott’s return to the franchise next week are about to be granted the gift of a little more time with the series alums, as the installment is going to run longer than any other “Apocalypse” episode we’ve seen so far.

Next Wednesday’s “AHS: Apocalypse,” titled “Return to Murder House,” will be a 1 hour and 18 minute broadcast, a spokesperson for FX told TheWrap, with 55 minutes and 1 second of that being the actual runtime of the show.

For reference, the typical length of an “AHS” episode in the more recent seasons has been between 40-42 minutes, excluding commercials. So that is a pretty good chunk of extra time there. And this should be music to “AHS” fans’ ears, as next week’s “Apocalypse” is expected to finally fully deliver on the Ryan Murphy series’ promise of a “Murder House” (Season 1) and “Coven” (Season 3) crossover.

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The installment (directed by series star Sarah Paulson) will see the return of Season 1 stars Britton (as exclusively reported by TheWrap in August), McDermott and Taissa Farmiga (again, as the actress has already reprised her role as “Coven” witch Zoe this season), who are are coming back as “Murder House” family the Harmons.

Also back for more “Murder House” fun are Lange and Evan Peters (another “AHS” actor who is already taking on multiple roles this season) as Constance and Tate Langdon, the devilish Michael Langdon’s (Cody Fern) grandmother and ghost father, respectively.

Lange played the creepy next door neighbor Constance in “Murder House” and (former) Supreme witch Fiona Goode in “Coven.” But she exited the franchise after Season 4 aka “Freak Show” and hasn’t returned for even a cameo since.

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“AHS” fans started to clamor for a Lange comeback (even more than they usually do) when Murphy broke the news in June that “Apocalypse” would be the highly-teased mashup season, and star Sarah Paulson confirmed their wish had been granted in August.

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” stars Paulson, Fern, Peters, Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, and series newcomer Joan Collins.

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(Spoilers ahead for the fifth episode of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” below.)

It’s been a long time coming — fully half the season, in fact — but “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” looks like it’s finally going to fully deliver on its promise of crossing over “Murder House” and “Coven” next week.

“Apocalypse” in general started to get what feels like some measure of clarity in the fifth episode, which took place completely in flashbacks to before the nuclear bombs fells. It provided some very important backstory, completing Michael Langdon’s rise through the ranks of the warlocks and his passing of the Seven Wonders tests by bringing Misty Day (Lily Rabe) back from her own personal hell.

But it seems like pretty much everybody knows something is wrong with Langdon is a very big way, and the episode ends with Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) sending Madison (Emma Roberts) off to investigate Langdon’s past.

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“Use your powers and all your training to find out everything you can about Michael,” Cordelia says. “Because he’s a danger. To all of us.”

And the warlock Behold Chablis (Billy Porter) decides to tag along with Madison because he has “a gut feeling. A bad one.” And where are they going? To the Murder House itself where all that really messed up stuff happened that ultimately spawned Langdon.

And you shouldn’t worry that they’re going to put off that Murder House stuff, because next week’s episode is literally titled “Return to Murder House.” Presumably, this means we’re probably finally going to see the return of Season 1 stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga (again, as she’s also shown up as the witch Zoe), who are are coming back as the Harmons, as well as Jessica Lange and Evan Peters (also again), as Constance and Tate Langdon, Michael’s grandmother and ghost father, respectively.

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Lange has particularly been the one everybody’s been hype for since this crossover season was first detailed, for obvious reasons — Jessica Lange is a legend, and will no doubt liven up “Apocalypse” significantly.

Anyway, only one more week, hopefully, until we start getting that good TV content. Fingers crossed, anyway.

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Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” has touched on everything from cults, freak shows, asylums and now the anti-Christ. But “Apocalypse” star Leslie Grossman, who plays the hilarious Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt in the new season, has her own terrifying idea for a future season to explore.

“Anything with serial killers. That’s very, very scary,” Grossman told TheWrap’s Beatrice Verhoeven. “Things about serial killers are pretty terrifying. People who don’t have a conscience, who have no problem doing terrible things to other people, that’s scary.”

Grossman acknowledged that the show touched on some angles of serial killers in last season’s “Cult” with Charles Manson, but that the strength of a show like “AHS” is that the show has so many layers to be unpacked and directions it can take.

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Speaking of, Grossman said that there’s a lot more to learn about her character Coco. We previously learned that Coco is a witch, and Grossman has said that she based her character in part off “Real Housewives” star Tinsley Mortimer, imagining “an adult woman who is living like a child.”

“There were a couple of scenes where we were really crying. They really touched us, and they’re really lovely,” Grossman said. “There’s going to be awesome, witchy fun stuff coming up.”

Part of the appeal of this latest season is the return of so many characters from previous seasons, and Grossman says “Apocalypse” has much more to offer in this regard.

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“There’s a sisterhood. It’s all about that great female empowerment and about how strong we are when we all work together as a group,” Grossman said. “You will see how strong and fierce and credible that group of women are together, how they support each other and lift each other up and together they’re more stronger than the individual.”

So will we see Grossman’s nightmare of a serial killer “AHS” in a future season? Maybe if she brings it up to Ryan Murphy.

“I’m sure he’s dying to hear my pitches,” Grossman joked.

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“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” didn’t come in with a Nielsen ratings bang Wednesday night — at least not compared to the FX anthology series’ previous season openers.

The first episode of Season 8 scored 3.08 million total viewers in live-plus-same-day numbers, meaning Ryan Murphy’s “Apocalypse” started down in overall eyeballs against the debut of “Cult” (Season 7), which brought in 3.93 million total viewers in L+SD last September.

That makes “Apocalypse” the lowest-rated “AHS” season opener, below “Murder House” (Season 1), which landed 3.18 million viewers in 2011, and “Asylum” (Season 2), which put up 3.85 million viewers in 2012.

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Mind you, these are all still solid numbers for a cable show’s premiere and the Live+3 ratings, which will include three days of delayed viewing and streaming numbers, will give you an even better idea of how “Apocalypse” stacks up against the other installments.

As TheWrap exclusively reported, “Apocalypse” — a crossover between “Murder House” and “Coven” — will be 10 episodes long. Yes, that means this installment will tie with “Roanoke” for the shortest season yet.

“Apocalypse” stars a slew of franchise alums, including Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Leslie Grossman, Billy Eichner, Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Stevie Nicks, Dylan McDermott and, as TheWrap exclusively reported, Connie Britton.

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Read more about the premiere episode, “The End,” here.

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(There are spoilers ahead for the premiere of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse”)

Who knew the end of the world would be this confusing? “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” debuted Wednesday, leaving viewers with more questions than answers. But if you weren’t already expecting that from the latest installment in the Ryan Murphy anthology series, you clearly haven’t been on board since “Murder House.”

TheWrap has rounded up our biggest questions from the first episode of Season 8 below. Here’s hoping they answer them all before the 10-episode run ends.

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What is The Cooperative actually?

Everything in “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” is centered on a group called The Cooperative building a bunch of outposts in case of nuclear war and also transporting people to them quickly before the bombs fall. And then they make everybody who lives in the outposts dress like it’s the 1800s or something. They also basically kidnapped some teenagers allegedly because they have good genes or something.

So, like, what’s up with this whole thing?

What exactly led to the end of the world?

The apocalypse itself was very vague — no mention on the news about who was launching the nukes, just that they hit London, Hong Kong and Washington, D.C. before hitting Los Angeles. Was it a war? Or was it just one country — or organization — who pushed the button? And could The Cooperative have had something to do with it?

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What does it mean that nobody was flying that plane?

The big cold open sequence ended with LA getting nuked and Billie Lourd’s character discovering that nobody was flying the plane she was on. And then, the next time we see those characters they’re in the outpost with nobody mentioning that whole “nobody was flying the plane” thing or any explanation for how they got there. This seems like an important point, and something that will have to come up later.

What are Venable and Mead doing that’s different than from what The Cooperative wants?

There’s a big conversation midway through the episode between Mead (Kathy Bates) and Venable (Sarah Paulson) in which they discuss how they plan to rule their outpost, and how The Cooperative won’t like what they have in store for the people they have living under their roof. Presumably, part of this plan involved murdering that one guy and then cooking his remains in a stew for the other residents.

But it seems unlikely that whatever they’re up to is limited to that sort of morbid mischief. It’s gotta be something bad enough that Venable is terrified when Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) shows up.

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What happened with Langdon’s horses?

So Langdon rides up with another person on a pair of horses, which were looking sickly from being outside in the nuclear fallout. After Langdon went in the outpost, the other person shot the horses and seemingly offered them up to something living in the brush — a thing that managed to actually drag the horse corpse out of site. So, uh, what?

What happened during that two week time gap — and that 18 month time gap?

We already have two time periods in which we have no idea what happened, the first being a two week jump toward the beginning of the episode and the other an 18 month skip in the middle. That means there are chunks of time we can’t account for in which many horrifying things probably happened. We can only assume there will be flashbacks a plenty in the coming weeks.

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How will “Coven” and “Murder House” continue to play into the season?

So far our only tie to Season 1 is Michael Langdon and there’s been no shoutout to Season 3 — and that’s not going to sit well with fans who have been waiting years for the big crossover.

We know many of the “Coven” witches are set to reprise their roles this season including Paulson, who will be playing triple duty as Venable, Cordelia from “Coven” and Billie Dean Howard from “Murder House.”

And Season 1 stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and Taissa Farmiga are returning as the Harmons (and Farmiga playing Zoe from “Coven,” too), as are Jessica Lange and Evan Peters (already playing one new character this season), as Constance and Tate Langdon, Michael’s grandmother and father, respectively.

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How is Michael Langdon going to decide who to take with him to the other outpost?

At the end of the premiere, Mr. Langdon tells Venable he’s here to save the survivors in Outpost 3 — but not necessarily all of them. He’s going to take those he deems worthy to a location where they have enough rations to last them a decade. But he needs to exam everyone to see who is coming. It could be all of them or none of them or somewhere in between. The question now is, what is the test he’s going to give them to find out who is fit to be saved?

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.

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Tomorrow night is the end of the world as “American Horror Story” fans know it, as the long-awaited “Murder House”-“Coven” crossover finally premieres on FX.

While we know Ryan Murphy’s “Apocalypse” will be packed with new faces and storylines for you to obsess over, the fact it’s a mashup means even the most committed of “AHS” viewers might need a refresher on where we left off in both Season 1 and 3.

And since you probably can’t binge all those episodes before the season debuts, TheWrap‘s thrown together a nice recap of how those installments ended.

We know, you’re welcome. Now you can thank us by saving us a seat in the bunker when everything goes to hell.

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“Murder House”

Season 1 of the long-running FX anthology series centered around the Harmon family — Dr. Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton) and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) — and their nosey next door neighbor, Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange).

The Harmons move into the titular Murder House at the start of the season, after Ben is caught cheating on his wife and the couple tries to pick up the pieces. The 12-episode installment ran through the past and present horrors that occurred in the house, including Vivien being impregnated via rape by Tate, Constance’s dead teenage son (played by Evan Peters) who is stuck inside the Murder House with the other ghosts.

In the penultimate episode, Vivien died giving birth to two babies (one Tate’s, one her husband’s). Constance managed to snatch one of the boys, her grandson, after Dr. Ben was murdered by his former lover Hayden. Constance took the child, whom she later named Michael, and fled Los Angeles.

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The other baby (Ben’s child) was a stillborn who was reunited with his parents and sister in death. Yes, the whole Harmon clan kicked the bucket by the end of the finale, with us learning Violet had actually died of an overdose earlier in the season and was a ghost all this time.

Now Michael is a special child — as a medium called Billie Dean Howard (Sarah Paulson) explained a child born of ghost and human would be the Antichrist himself, destined to usher in the End of Days. The “Murder House” finale flashed forward to give us a preview of that mess, when Constance found a three-year-old Michael, covered in blood, having murdered his nanny.

The Antichrist will have a prominent role in “Apocalypse,” with “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story ” star Cody Fern cast as the adult version of Michael. Oh, and Constance (Lange) is set to return too, as are all the Harmons.

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As for Tate — the high schooler who murdered 15 of his classmates while still alive and numerous others as a ghost in the house — he was last seen glaring at the Harmons from afar, as his girlfriend Violet banished him from her afterlife once she learned he raped her mother.

But Tate told her he’d “wait forever” until she changed her mind and he’s coming back for “Apocalypse,” so we’ll see how long his timeout lasts.

“Coven”

Season 3 moves the story to New Orleans, where Paulson plays Cordelia Foxx, the headmistress at Miss Robichaux’s Academy. She’s in charge of young witches Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts), a telekinetic former child actress, Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), a descendent of Salem’s Tituba who could harm others by harming herself, Nan (Jamie Brewer), a clairvoyant, and newcomer Zoe Benson (Farmiga), who could magically cause men’s brains to hemorrhage by having sex with them.

Cordelia is the daughter of Fiona Goode (Lange) the coven’s Supreme — a witch born once in a generation who embodies the Seven Wonders of Witchcraft — who is dying of cancer. The season follows the witches as they learn who their next leader will be.

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Multiple characters die throughout the season (and some come back), and the finale sees the remaining girls take the test of the Seven Wonders to find the next Supreme and rid themselves of Fiona.

But mid-examination, viewers learn Cordelia was actually meant to be Supreme all along. Blinded twice (once by her own hand) she regains her sight and brings her coven out into the open, welcoming new girls to the school with Zoe and Queenie promoted to members of the Council of Witchcraft.

Who is dead? Well, we know for sure the already-resurrected-once Madison was murdered by Kyle in the finale — a frat boy who was killed in a bus crash caused by Madison and brought back to life, and is now Zoe’s lover and the coven’s “guard dog”; Misty Day (Lily Rabe) didn’t survive the Seven Wonders; and Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy) was burned at the stake at her own request, as punishment for killing other members of the council. Then Fiona succumbed to cancer and was banished to hell.

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Earlier in the season Nan was killed, as was real-life 19th-century slave killer Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates), long-living 19th century voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett), and Cordelia’s witch-hunting husband.

Zoe, Queenie, and Cordelia are all set to return for “Apocalypse,” as are Myrtle and Madison (probably as ghosts, ’cause “Murder House”). And bewitching guest star Stevie Nicks will be stopping by — played by herself again, of course.

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” premieres Wednesday at 10/9c on FX.

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The countdown to the end of the world has begun — so naturally the TheWrap is going to spend our final few hours ranking the first seven seasons of “American Horror Story” from the most outlandish to the truly stomach churning. And be…

‘AHS: Apocalypse’: Ryan Murphy Teases Violet and Tate ‘Together Forever?’ (Photo)

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Ah, young ghostly love.

“American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy teased the reunion of “Murder House” characters Tate (Evan Peters) and Violet (Taissa Farmiga) in a new behind-the-scenes pic from the “Apocalypse” set on Thursday.

“Tate and Violet. Together forever? AHS:Apocalypse, FX Sept 12,” Murphy captioned a shot of the two actors back in character on the set of the upcoming eighth installment in the anthology series.

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Last we saw of the two dead teenagers, Violet had told her former lover to “go away,” banishing him from her sight, as she was stuck living in the Murder House with her also deceased parents, Vivien (Britton) and Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott) till the end of time. But that means Tate is now unable to come near Violet, so we’re unclear on how the two will reunite on Season 8, a crossover between “Murder House” (Season 1) and “Coven” (Season 3).

Allow us to also remind you that in Season 1, Vivien died giving birth to twins after being raped by Tate. Tate’s mother, Constance (Jessica Lange), adopted the one living baby, his demonic offspring Michael, who was last seen giggling as a toddler, covered in blood, after murdering his babysitter in the Season 1 finale.

Farmiga and Peters are among the long list of “AHS” alums who are returning for “Apocalypse,” including Britton (exclusively reported by TheWrap), McDermott, Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Emma Roberts, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter, Cheyenne Jackson, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy and Stevie Nicks. Add to that series newcomers Joan Collins and Cody Fern, as an adult Michael Langdon, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for one serious end of days story.

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Along with reprising their “Murder House” roles, Farmiga and Peters will both be playing a second character this season, with Farmiga returning as witch Zoe (“Coven”) and Peters portraying Collins’ grandson, a hairdresser.

See the photo Murphy shared of Farmiga and Peters on set below.

“American Horror Story: Apocalypse” will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10/9c on FX.

Tate and Violet. Together forever? AHS:Apocalypse, FX Sept 12.

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