Welcome back to Bleeding Cool‘s weekly review of FX‘s American Horror Story: Apocalypse, where this week we’re looking at the eighth episode (a Halloween night edition) of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk‘s popular horror anthology series, ‘Sojourn.’
Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) isn’t leaving anything to chance in the coming war with Michael Langdon (Cody Fern): Madison (Emma Roberts) and Behold (Billy Porter) did some off-site reconnaissance work over at what remained of “Murder House;” Bubbles (Joan Collins) and Myrtle (Frances Conroy) took care of that warlock problem; and Coco (Leslie Grossman) helped take down Langdon’s “Lady Macbeth,” Mead (Kathy Bates). Not a bad position for the Coven to find themselves in…but as American Horror Story: Apocalypse ‘Sojourn’ showed us, Langdon’s not going down quietly…
Check out our review and see why this episode was a bit a of letdown with some wasted opportunities – saved only by Fern’s continued impressive turn as the series’ ultimate “Big Bad.”
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.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse s08e08 ‘Traitor’: Directed by Bradley Buecker; Written by Josh Green
Here’s a look back at Bleeding Cool’s review of last week’s ‘Traitor’:
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