American Horror Story: Apocalypse completed its first act at the end of episode three, "Forbidden Fruit" — and fans all over the world are gagging worse than the survivors from Outpost 3, who all died in total agony while choking on poisoned apples.
With so much to talk about (Blood orgy! Madison Montgomery! Robots!) let’s dive right in to the six most apocalyptic moments from "Forbidden Fruit."
1. Most of the Cast Died
All of the pure souls out there hoping to see Tim (Kyle Allen) and Emily (Ash Santos) make it work or Mr. Gallant (Evan Peters) style Myrtle Snow’s (Frances Conroy) hair ended the night sorely disappointed. Because seriously — every human soul from Outpost 3 freaking died. All of Langdon’s (Cody Fern) interviews, all of the sex rules and all of the Rubber Man’s games were totally for nothing, since Venable (Sarah Paulson) decided to murder everybody — Langdon included — to get to Sanctuary.
Her dastardly mission was made easy when a mysterious carriage arrived carrying nothing but a case of red delicious apples. Since this is the post-apocalypse, Venable and Miriam (Kathy Bates) knew that people would actually be excited by red delicious apples (unimaginable in our real, thankfully nuclear fallout-free world), and poisoned them with snake venom.
They decided to throw a Halloween masquerade Victorian-era soiree (say that one 10 times fast) to add a little flair to the mass murder, which went off without a hitch. Every single partygoer puked their intestines out and died in total agony, while Venable and Miriam looked on from above.
It would have been pretty insane for AHS to spend three episodes with this new cast only to have all of them die. Lucky for three of them (and for we the fandom), Cordelia Goode (Paulson) showed up to Outpost 3 with Myrtle Snow and Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) — both of whom died in Coven — ready to resurrect her "sisters" moments after the party.
The saved sisters in question were Coco (Leslie Grossman), Dinah (Adina Porter), and Mallory (Billie Lourd), leaving Emily, Tim, Mr. Gallant, Andre (Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman) and the rest of the long-suffering Outpost 3 gang to rot. Harsh.
3. Mallory Revealed a Hidden Power
Mallory’s survival was a huge relief, as an earlier scene in the episode revealed there’s a whole lot more to Coco’s mousy assistant than immediately meets the eye. During her interview with Langdon, the Big Bad did his usual schtick where he tried to get her to reveal her evil hidden truths. But instead of finding murderous feelings towards Coco like he was expecting, Langdon unleashed a power in Mallory that she’d long felt bursting inside. She set the room on fire with her mind, causing Langdon to recoil in anger (or fear), reveal his terrifying true face (and the shadow of a pitchforked tail on the wall behind him), and exclaim "who are you?!"
Langdon later got totally naked, cut himself all over, made a satanic pentagram with his blood, and (presumably) absorbed the power of a bunch of evil snakes. While doing so he told his "father" (we’re going to go ahead and assume he isn’t talking about Tate Langdon) that he "thought I destroyed them all. But one survived. I found her. She’s here."
Is the "them all" Langdon is referring to witches? Is Mallory a secret member of the Coven?
All signs point to yes: When Madison brought Mallory back to life, the OG Queen Bee got right in the confused girl’s face and said "Surprise bitch, I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me."
4. Dinah Teased a Hidden Past With Langdon
Dinah didn’t exactly reach Mallory heights in this episode, but we did learn via her interview with Langdon that the two had met before. Langdon told her it was lovely to see her again, and essentially promised her a spot in the Sanctuary if she didn’t cause him any trouble.
And since her (now dead) son Andre told Langdon that his mother was straight-up evil, we’re growing more and more intrigued by the minute by this quiet talk show host with a hidden past. Here’s to hoping the Coven queens pry it out of her.
5. Brock Returned…and Straight Up Murdered Coco
Coco’s poor left-behind boyfriend Brock gave us a glimpse of the world outside Outpost 3, and, well … it’s exactly as bleak and pustulous as we were expecting.
Brock fought off cancer, "infections that never heal," and vicious scavenging cannibals to find his way back to his beloved. He conveniently entered Outpost 3 the night of the masquerade ball, and was able to find a mask and enter the party undetected. Given his tall, lean build and his creepy silence, Coco assumed that he was Langdon and offered him full use of her body.
He took it, but not in the way she was expecting — Brock stabbed
6. Miriam’s Robotic Past Was 90 Percent Revealed
Finally, the yellow-y guts and hard wiring we saw when Miriam got shot were exactly what we all expected — Miriam is a robot, programmed to serve the ruler of Outpost 3.
We spent most of the episode thinking that this was Venable, since Miriam joined in on her poison apple plot. But when the women entered Langdon’s lair and revealed their treachery, Miriam pointed her gun at Venable and shot her right in the gut; shocking Venable and Miriam herself but definitely, definitely not Langdon.
With Venable gone, Langdon revealed he’d programmed Miriam himself, and modeled her after the most important woman from his childhood. He gave her some scatterbrained memories about a little blonde boy she once loved, but hid most of her true self in order to accomplish his goals and trick Venable. Langdon had actually sent the apples himself knowing that Venable would poison them; leaving us with three major questions to close out the episode:
1. Why did Langdon go through the trouble of bringing all of these people to Outpost 3 (and save Tim and Emily from execution), then allow Venable to kill them all off?
2. Was Miriam modeled after Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange) as we’re being led to believe? If so, why does she dress like Miss Trunchbull from Matilda?
3. What do the witches have to do with any of this? And why do we have to wait an entire week to find out?