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Cast chemistry and just the right amount of self-effacing humor drive "Could it Be... Satan?" as worlds collide and fan dreams come true.
This week's return to Coven gives viewers just enough witchy screen time to clarify how well done season three was, and highlight what Apocalypse has been missing-compelling relationships, even antagonistic ones, between the characters.
The moment also provided a fun Easter egg with Peters as James March playing out a scene with Michael Langdon, the son of Peters' Murder House character Tate Langdon.
It's the expansion of the cast that has been doing the ensemble proud since the beginning of season 8.
First and foremost, I. LOVED. THIS. EPISODE. This is the magic I have been waiting for. And even though I don't care for Michael, seeing his backstory made his character more solid to me, instead of just being the villain we all knew he would be.
It was thrilling to see how the seemingly new Apocalypse characters tied back to Coven, but their true identities weren't the only magical surprise.
Could It Be... Satan? is without a doubt Apocalypse's best offering thus far, and now that the show has established who the threat truly is, things are only going to get better from here on out.
"Could it be... Satan?" was dry, lacklustre and quite frankly, filler.
Don't try and make sense of it. It's American Horror Story. Just roll with it. Half the fun - if that's what you want to call it - is the introduction of new characters.
Beyond messaging, it's Apocalypse's comic sensibility that's made it such a treat.
There's something about American Horror Story Season 8 that makes me think the creative forces assembled, and asked, "What would the fans want?"
This is plainly one of the best episodes of American Horror Story in years. It balances the scales perfectly between celebrating past characters and storylines while forwarding the current season's arc.
That's right, friends - we've been so focused on the Coven and Murder House elements of this season, we didn't even consider that we might also get some Hotel action.