This review contains spoilers for the newest season of “American Horror Story,” as well as seasons one and three.
The apocalypse we know is coming looms ever closer. After our return to Murder House in the last episode, we go back once more to the witches and warlocks and even get to learn how the voodoo scene is going. Plus, some casual executions, because why not.
We begin with the new Voodoo Queen, Dinah Stevens (Adina Porter), who replaced the head voodoo role previously held by Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) in season three. Stevens performs acts of voodoo on people for money from vengeful customers, which is unsurprisingly a very lucrative business. Cordelia Goode (Sarah Paulson) visits her and requests a meeting with Papa Legba (Lance Reddick), the gatekeeper of the underworld. Stevens charges her a hefty fee, but it’s clear Goode feels she has no other option to stop the Antichrist from ending the world, so she agrees to pay it. I feel like when you have to see an evil being they ought to be paying you for it instead, but I guess witches aren’t afraid of anything.
Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) goes to retrieve a fellow famed actor who happens to be a witch — a ridiculous-seeming old woman with an even sillier name, Bubbles McGee (Joan Collins). Montgomery tells her it’s all hands on deck and McGee agrees to help her figure out the Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) situation with her power of clairvoyance.
Goode and Stevens summon Papa Legba, and we finally get to reunite with Nan (Jamie Brewer), who works in Hell with him. I previously thought she was just completely forgotten by the witches as Goode has said she’s ‘got all her girls back’ numerous times, but she wasn’t, just unfortunately in Hell. Goode asks Papa Legba if he could open a gate to the underworld that she would then draw Langdon into, and he asks for yet another hefty sum — he says he’ll only do it if he’s promised the soul of all her girls. She adamantly refuses, and the plan stagnates yet again.
Meanwhile, back at the witch academy, Mallory (Billie Lourd) further proves herself to be the true next Supreme. Mallory revives Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt (Leslie Grossman) after she chokes on a donut and dies. Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) notes to Goode after she does it that she doesn’t think Langdon is the Supreme, and that Mallory is. Mallory takes the news happily, but is disheartened when she learns that her arising as Supreme means that Goode will soon fade. I still don’t fully understand the time limit on that given how long Goode’s been Supreme and how long her mother Fiona Goode, the past Supreme was, but we’ll roll with it.
Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy) and McGee go have dinner with the two remaining head warlocks supporting Langdon. McGee learns that they have a plan to kill all the witches, and that they killed John Henry (Cheyenne Jackson), another warlock. The witches then manage to impressively revive him just from his scattered ashes, and learn from him how he was killed by Miriam Mead (Kathy Bates). Goode then sends Coco to retrieve Mead, and she does so with only mild failure.
Once the witches get Mead, they go to get their other enemy of the warlocks who’ve been plotting for far too long. They come at the most opportune moment, before the warlocks were about to kill the entire coven with a magic powder that would kill any woman it comes into contact with. Goode shows she hasn’t entirely faded away with an impressive display of power and they take the men away.
Finally, the witches decide they’ve had enough and burn the warlocks and Mead at the stake. John Henry, in an act of vengeance, lights them all up and they turn to a crisp.
This episode to me felt fairly uneventful, save for the deaths of the last allies of Langdon and getting to see John Henry again. With how stellar the last episode was, I felt like this one may have fell a bit flat, but it was still nonetheless interesting to get all the additional plot details. The story must progress, and soon we will finally be able to understand how Langdon caused the apocalypse. We also will learn why in the next episode preview Evan Peters is shown with a bowl-cut, and I’m particularly excited for that. I’ll be hoping for more action in the future, but for now, I’ll take any witch content I can get.
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