Everything you need to know about the “AHS: Apocalypse” pilot


Evan Barrow

When people think of horror, they think of senseless violence and gore, and the nightmares those images can cause. “American Horror Story” takes horror to a whole new level. Writers and creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, create characters and situations that members of modern society can relate to. They add terrifying twists to issues present in today’s world, playing on true psychological fear. The audience can envision themselves in these realistic characters as they watch the show’s paranormal events unravel its reality.

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“American Horror Story” acts as a unique voice on television because every season tells a new story, with the same actors playing completely different characters. This allows for each season to explore interesting new themes.

However, the show’s current season will include characters from other seasons, something “American Horror Story” has never done before. There will also be parallels to season one, “Murder House,” and season three, “Coven.”

This season, titled “Apocalypse,” starts with just that; the end of the world. Series regular Evan Peters plays hairdresser Mr. Gallant, who is styling billionaire Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt (Leslie Grossman) when they receive an alert that nuclear missiles have been fired worldwide. This will cause the world to come to an end. Coco’s family calls her to inform her that there is a plane to bring her to safety. Mr. Gallant overhears this and joins Coco on her plane to the supposed safe haven with his grandmother in tow.

The audience is then introduced to Timothy Campbell (Kyle Allen), who was just informed that he was admitted to UCLA when he receives the alert about the missiles. His family is visited by FBI agents who escort Timothy away, claiming that his life will be saved due to his extraordinary genetic makeup. He is then brought to a holding cell where he meets a girl, Emily (Ash Santos), who has also been salvaged.

All of these characters are brought to a house, referred to as an “outpost,” that is said to be safe from the contamination in the outside world. The specific one they go to is run by Ms. Wilhemina Venable (Sarah Paulson) and Ms. Miriam Mead (Kathy Bates). The outpost has strict rules that are enforced with the harshest of punishments. The characters are only allowed to eat very small cubes of nutrition a day, and as time goes on they have to ration to even less.

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The episode ends with Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) entering the outpost, and announcing to Ms. Venable that he has come to decide which members of the outpost he will choose to save, and which ones he will leave to die.

AHS fans have many theories about where the season will go. Some believe that the “Coven” is the cooperative, or that the “Murder House” is going to be the next outpost, in respect to the said similarities between the current season and seasons one and three.

Viewers will not know for sure what is to happen until all the episodes premiere and the season is over. However, it is known that this season will live up to the “American Horror Story” reputation and the content will keep the audience biting their nails until all their questions are answered.

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