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"American Horror Story: Apocalypse" Ned Martel

by Courtney Deeren - copy editor
Wed, Oct 31st 2018 05:00 pm

On Wednesday, Sept. 12 the eighth installment of the “American Horror Story” (AHS) anthology was released.    The series surpassed the halfway mark this past Wednesday, Oct. 17, leaving many fans questioning how the show could possibly wrap up so many loose ends in such a short amount of time. This season was highly anticipated after the last few seasons faced a lot of scrutiny from long time fans and newcomers alike. 

Rumors flew early on, before the series started back up, that this season would revisit fan favorite seasons, “Murder House” and “Coven.” While the first episode may have squashed those rumors, confusing viewers everywhere with the introduction of new characters and a few new actors, it didn’t take long for the audience to see the connection. A few episodes in, the coven from season three was brought back, but from there we haven’t seen much story line in the present. Much of the current action is happening in flashbacks of the past, showing how the main villain became who he was, as well as giving more insight on additional members of the coven. 

The most recent episode in season eight revisited the show’s premier location, the murder house. In addition to revisiting the house, the familiar cast of characters were also featured. Although the primary reason for the visit to the house was to collect information on the up and coming villain Madison Montgomery, (a returning character from “Coven”) also took the time to fix some of the problems the inhabitants of the house were facing. The main conflict that murder house left viewers hanging on to was the ruined relationship between Violet and Tate. The audience left the murder house, for perhaps the last time, with a sense of closure, finally able to see the happy ending they wanted to begin with. 

It seems there is still a lot to be done and with only a few episodes left, viewers are wondering what direction the show is going to take next. This isn’t the first time the audience had these questions. Show creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy have this trend down to a science. While they always seem to save a good majority of the shows action for the last two or three episodes, prior seasons might have fans panicking over this. Starting with the fourth season, Freak Show, the series has declined in popularity. Many returning viewers only come back out of loyalty, and hope that it will eventually get back to its original vibe. It seems that Murphy and Falchuk heard viewers, and are returning to their roots a little. AHS can be found on the FX channel every Wednesday at 10 p.m. and after it’s network run, on popular streaming sites like Netflix.