Welcome back to Bleeding Cool's weekly review of FX's American Horror Story: Apocalypse, where this week we're looking at the seventh episode (yup, only three left after this!) of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's popular horror anthology series, 'Traitor.'
With Madison (Emma Roberts) and Behold (Billy Porter) off on some off-site reconnaissance work on Michael Langdon (Cody Fern) over at "Murder House," the preview for this week's American Horror Story: Apocalypse shows us what Cordelia's (Sarah Paulson) been up to: a magic "recruitment drive" to bolster her forces ahead of their battle with Langdon. But will a 'Traitor' in their ranks prove to be their downfall – and is the Coven the only ones with a "traitor" problem?
Check out our review and see why this episode kept the quality momentum from last week's 'Return to Murder House' going – and why we could listen to Joan Collins and Frances Conroy talk over martinis all day long.
Spoiler Warning: I'll be covering some themes and takeaways involving major and minor plot points from the episode, so just keep that in mind. Definitely not looking for pitchforks and torches outside my apartment.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse s08e07 'Traitor': Directed by Jennifer Lynch; Written by Adam Penn
Here's a friendly little reminder of the "simplier times" of the first season of American Horror Story – the one that started it all – followed by the titles for the season's final two episodes (hinting at a possible reset?):
American Horror Story s08e09 'Fire and Reign'
American Horror Story s08e10 'Apocalypse Then'
Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Emma Roberts, Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Cheyenne Jackson, Billie Lourd, Billy Eichner, Adina Porter, Leslie Grossman, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, and Stevie Nicks have returned to Murphy's horrific universe. Joan Collins (Dynasty), Cody Fern (House of Cards), Ashley Santos (We All Fall Down), and Kyle Allen (The Path) serve as new cast members for the season.
Now get your scorecards out to see how everyone matches up, AHS fans! Rabe appeared in the Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Hotel, and Roanoke seasons, while Sidibe appeared in Coven, Freak Show, and Hotel. Farmiga appeared in Murder House, Coven, and Roanoke; AHS mainstay Conroy has appeared in six seasons: Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Roanoke, and Cult. Nicks appeared as the White Witch during Coven.
Meanwhile… Paulson's Billie Dean Howard appeared in Murder House, and her Cordelia Foxx appeared in Coven. Peters played ghostly teen Tate Langdon in Murder House and fraternity president Kyle Spencer in Coven. Lange's Constance Langdon appeared in Murder House, while Bates and Roberts joined the franchise during Coven as Madame Delphine LaLaurie and Madison Montgomery, respectively.
And then we have new characters… Paulson as Ms. Wilhemina Venable, Peters as Mr. Gallant, Bates as Ms. Miriam Mead, Grossman as Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt, Lourd as Mallory, and Porter as Dinah Stevens