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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Morning After,” the second episode of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse.”
The arrival of a grown-up Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) at the end of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse’s” premiere thrust the eighth installment of Ryan Murphy’s twisted anthology series into action. The audience who knows Michael from the “Murder House” first season knows he was a devil-baby, born to Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton) from the dearly departed Tate Langdon (Evan Peters). But the characters of “Apocalypse” don’t have such knowledge, so to them, his arrival appears to be one of a savior, choosing between the Outpost’s residents to see who might be worthy of taking to The Sanctuary.
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Apparently, these $100-million-a-spot Outpost bunkers are so easily overthrown that most of them have fallen by now, so Langdon is there to save the day for a few lucky citizens. Promising an “acutal” sanctuary, for now, his position appears to simply be interviewing the houseguests — although his line of questioning certainly stirs up conflict.
Even the stoic leader Venable (Sarah Paulson) is not immune to Langdon, as he tries to get inside her mind and exposing her greatest weakness: some kind of deformity along her spine that is reminiscent of radiation mutations. Could it be that she was above ground after the initial blast, rather than safely tucked away in the Outpost? Her time with Langdon got cut short this week, so it’s a mystery to further unravel in a future episode.
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The bulk of Langdon’s work was instead focused on Gallant (Peters), who revealed deep-rooted tension and resentment in his relationship with his grandmother Evie (Joan Collins).
It turns out Gallant was never quite the upstanding, “proper” gay man that his nana wanted him to be, and while he defied her openly when life...
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