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Could ‘American Horror Story’s Michael Langdon Be Both Antichrist and Supreme?

US viewers got their first glimpse of a grown-up Michael Langdon when American Horror Story: Apocalypse premiered this week. Season 8 of the long-running anthology horror series is a unique proposition, which continually brings back the same cast members in later seasons… usually in different roles. However, creators Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy have long acknowledged that the seasons are linked, and Apocalypse is set to be an overt crossover between Season 1, Murder House, and Season 3, Coven. It will feature characters and other elements from both seasons – starting in Episode 1, entitled “The End”, with Michael Langdon — who is going to be pivotal to the events of Season 8.

Who is Michael Langdon?


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The young Michael Langdon with grandmother Constance in Murder House.

Michael Langdon is the child of Murder House’s Vivien Harmon (Connie Britton), conceived when she was raped by the ghost of Tate Langdon (Evan Peters). Remember him dressed in that rubber S&M suit? Of course you do. Anyway, the foetus killed its twin in the womb, which was conceived as a result of superfecundation, or fertilization by the sperm of two different fathers. The second twin, Vivien’s husband Ben’s (Dylan McDermott) child, was stillborn — and because the unborn baby’s death occurred inside the ‘Murder House’, it returned as a ghost. Meanwhile, the surviving offspring – Michael — was taken in by the next-door neighbour, Tate’s mother, Constance (Jessica Lange), after Vivien died during childbirth and Ben was killed by the house’s ghosts.

We learned from Sarah Paulson’s medium Billie Dean Howard that the baby could be the Antichrist. She told Constance about the phenomenon of the Pope’s Box, a locked receptacle containing the details of the end of the world, which would be ushered in by the Antichrist who would be the offspring of a human and spirit.

The finale of Murder House jumps forward three years, and we see Constance return home to discover the nanny apparently murdered by toddler Michael, who is smothered in blood and grinning. This is the last time we saw Michael, who returns in Apocalypse to play a major role in the End of Days.

Why Could He Be the Next Supreme?


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Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Goode with Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode in Coven.

During Season 1, Constance drops the names of distant cousins Eveline and Steve DeLongpre from Virginia as the family from whom she adopted Michael when weaving the story of how she came to have a baby. As Constance’s grandchild, Michael is a Langdon, and so Eveline and Steve — if they exist — are blood relations of his.

The name DeLongpre is one which recurred in Coven: a certain Mimi DeLongpre was once a Supreme. With Coven demonstrating that the qualities and powers required for the role of the Supreme Witch can potentially run in families – Sarah Paulson’s Cordelia Goode succeeded her mother Fiona (Jessica Lange) as Supreme – it’s possible that Michael could possess the necessary powers too, as a descendant of Mimi.

But wait, aren’t Supremes always women? As far as we know, yes. But with rumblings that Miss Robichaux’s Academy has opened its doors to magical men, it adds credence to the notion that Michael could take on the mantle of Supreme. And even if he doesn’t become chief witch, if he has any of the powers that his possible distant relative possessed, he’d be a very powerful proposition indeed in combination with his status as the Antichrist.

 So what’s his role in Apocalypse?


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Cody Fern as Michael Langdon.

We caught a glimpse of a grown-up Michael Langdon at the end of Episode 1 of the new season. He rolls up, horse and carriage-stylee, to Outpost 3, where survivors of the nuclear attack witnessed at the start of the premiere are stationed. 18 months have passed and sustenance is apparently dwindling at Sarah Paulson’s Wilhelmina Venable-run fallout bunker. The assembled group of wealthy occupants and specially selected chosen ones are concerned about what’s next, and the shady Ms Venable greets their visitor. Langdon is a representative of the mysterious ‘Cooperative’ organisation behind the evacuation. He claims to have been “assigned to evaluate the people here and select the ones most worthy of survival.” We’re told that they’re the last remaining humans after survivors in other Outposts perished.

“I could take all of you, or none of you,” he says. “Those who make it live, those who don’t end up like my horses.” The horses, incidentally, were shot outside by lackeys after succumbing to the nuclear fallout. Langdon’s ultimate motives are unclear, but the Circle of Hell theory that’s been bandied about for some time – and which Ryan Murphy once shared on Twitter – could hold the key.

The Eighth Circle of Hell

According to the theory, the Eighth Circle of Hell was explored in Season 2, Asylum. In the Eighth Circle, according to Dante’s Inferno, fraud is punished. But could the eighth season of AHS actually correspond with the Eighth Circle?

The Eighth Circle is known as ‘Malebolge’, which translated means something akin to ‘evil ditches’. The Eighth Circle is a large, funnel-shaped cavern divided into ten concentric circular ‘ditches’, or trenches, or – dare we say – underground bunkers. We know from Episode 1 that there are ten outposts in total. Could Apocalypse be a literal representation of the Eighth Circle of Hell? And after Michael is done assessing the occupants of Outpost 3, will he take those that “pass the test” onto the Ninth Circle? Is everybody already dead? We’ll find out more as the season progresses.

Why Does Michael Look Like Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire?

Apart from Cody Fern’s Michael Langdon bringing a touch of gothic horror to proceedings, we don’t really know. Suffice to say that Ryan Murphy reportedly tweeted “Eyes like his Dad…Hair like his Mom”. That doesn’t explain the outfit, of course. But we dig it.

On that, though, there’s some confusion over why Langdon appears as a fully grown man if the show is set in 2019. He’d still be a boy if he was governed by the usual laws of nature according to the timeline of American Horror Story. So we’re guessing that the supernatural/demonic aspect of him is responsible for his accelerated growth. After all, even though he was about three years old at the end of Murder House in line with the passage of time, we do know that he developed at an alarmingly fast rate in the womb. With this in mind, it could be that he’s arrived at fully-grown Antichrist outside of the normal development rate for a human child. We don’t yet know the rules governing the Antichrist within the AHS universe, but if Langdon is immortal, he’d have parallels with Cruise’s Lestat that would include longevity as well as, perhaps, fashion sense.

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Welcome to our world: Introducing Nesting Story’s mom-life video series

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Joanna Venditti

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Sharing my life through blogging is not only exciting, it’s a privilege. I love sharing my ups, downs, and triumphs with so many other parents who may be going through something similar, or just want a glimpse into what parenthood’s really like.

So I’m excited to announce the launch of a new video series starring me and my family, on BabyCenter’s YouTube channel starting Thursday, October 12, with new videos each Thursday. Join me, my husband Mike, and our four kids on some of our family’s routines, like laundry, morning, bedtime, dinner, and even an outing.

Here’s the first chapter.

We hope the series is not only entertaining, but full of tips and tricks we’ve engineered along the way, including laundry hacks, how we’ve created great sleepers, and how we deal with our picky eaters.

Why would you be interested in getting a look into my life? Here is my story.

Before actually becoming a mom, I was consumed with the idea of it.

As a child I would stuff pillows under my shirt and pretend I was pregnant. I would mimic my mother breastfeeding my little sister, holding my doll up to my chest. I would turn tissue boxes into little cribs for the tiny baby dolls my mother would buy me.

For me, motherhood was the end game.

It didn’t matter that I had a big-city interior design career, or that I would paint in my spare time. It didn’t matter that I had dynamic friendships, a sense of purpose, or a uniquely defined identity. I would give it all up for motherhood.

And I did.

Becoming a mother might not have been the end game for me, but it was definitely a game changer.

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The first few years of motherhood with my son were exciting, but also dark. I lost myself as I tried to live up to the standards I had set, and struggled through a language delay and sensory issues with our son Holden. During that time we had our second child, Beau.

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Although Beau was a bright light in the darkness and Holden was starting to blossom and enjoy life, I was fading away.

I was struggling with the fact that my intense version of motherhood made me miserable. It took a while to find my own path, and just because mine looked different than my mother’s, or some of my friends, it didn’t mean I had failed.

So I went back to work part-time, and found myself again. Or I should say, found a new version of myself. I was thriving, loving motherhood, and still investing in my marriage and myself.

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A couple years later, another curveball was thrown our way…I found out I was pregnant with spontaneous twins!

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Photo: Joanna Venditti

During my twin pregnancy, work had to stop, and I was an incubator. I lay there on my sofa for days on end, trying to parent my older kids as best I could. I felt an intense loneliness. I just wanted to connect with other moms who understood how I felt.

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I could see that I was losing myself again, but this time I made myself a promise. After my twins were born, I would live fearlessly. I would love intensely. I would be whatever I wanted to be without worrying what anyone thought. I would share my story, my experience, and my honest feelings, in hopes of connecting to other moms going through something similar.

So I started my blog Nesting Story, where I was able to connect with parents all over the world, and find my voice.

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Photo: Sarah Martin Photography

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Eventually there were a couple more detailed stories I wanted to tell, and I decided that telling those stories through video would bring them to life. So, I picked up a camera and haven’t turned back since, growing a community on my YouTube channel, Nesting Story.

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My hope is that my family can connect with moms who are trying to find themselves again, who wonder if it’s okay if she takes her own path. Dads who are finding their journey very different and a little more terrifying than they anticipated. Parents who are lonely and just want to feel a little more normal. Moms who are lying on their sofas, growing life inside them, not knowing what is about to become.

Welcome to our home, and see you soon!

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Photo: Sarah Martin Photography and Ooh Ooh Darling Photography

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