American Horror Story: Apocalypse: Most Shocking Reveals from “Forbidden Fruit” (Season 8 Episode 3)

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The witches are back! Well, some of them at least.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse Season 8 Episode 3, “Forbidden Fruit,” ends on a decidedly grim note — minus the surprise reintroduction of three fan-favorite Coven characters in the last few seconds. The hour features plenty of gruesome death scenes, supernatural weirdness, and most importantly, delicious twists.

Let’s dive in, shall we? Here are the five most shocking reveals from “Forbidden Fruit.”

1. Mallory is a Witch (or Something)
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American Horror Story Season 8 Episode 3 (Credit: FX)

In a very cool scene, Mallory unknowingly faces off with the Devil himself, Langdon. She confesses that she often feels as if there’s someone trapped inside her trying to get out.

Though it isn’t stated explicitly, this “someone” is likely a witch. When Langdon lashes out at her, revealing his demonic second face, Mallory retaliates by unleashing flames. This, longtime fans of the show realize, is one of the Seven Wonders performed by a Coven’s Supreme.

So not only is Mallory a witch, she’s likely an incredibly powerful one. I’m excited to see Billie Lourd finally get a meaty role on this show!

2. Pretty Much Everyone is Dead
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American Horror Story Season 8 Episode 3 (Credit: FX)

While it remains to be seen whether all of these deaths will actually stick, Venable and Mead successfully enact their plan (which is secretly Langdon’s plan) to off every one of the survivors. I’m a bit confused whether this means Timothy and Emily’s seeming importance was just a red herring all along.

Then again, Mallory, Dinah, and Coco are only dead for about four seconds before the witches resurrect them. So perhaps the other characters (or at least a few of them) will be en route back to the land of the living sooner rather than later.

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3. Langdon Programmed Miriam Mead
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American Horror Story Season 8 Episode 3 (Credit: FX)

This is arguably one of the most exciting twists, in my opinion.

The previous reveal that Mead is a robot was unexpected, but not particularly interesting. However, Langdon informs Mead that he actually programmed her himself — and modeled her after the only woman who ever loved him as a child.

This has to be Season 1’s Constance Langdon (Jessica Lange), right? The Murder House character is Langdon’s paternal grandma, and last we saw her in the first season’s finale, she had adopted/was raising an already-murderous toddler Michael.

With Lange set to return briefly as Constance in Episode 6, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out and whether Mead’s genesis is confirmed.

4. Myrtle and Madison are Alive
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American Horror Story Season 8 Episode 3 (Credit: FX)

Of all the people to be flanking Cordelia as she strides purposefully up to the Outpost, Myrtle and Madison are firmly the last two I’d have expected. This, of course, is because these two characters were dead at the end of Coven‘s season.

This moment is super cool, visually and story wise. It begs so many questions.

How are Myrtle and Madison alive once again? How are all three witches able to walk without harm through the radiation-poisoned landscape beyond the walls of the Outpost? Where have they been? Why are they here now? What’s their beef with Langdon? Why are they resurrecting a select few of these Outpost survivors?

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I’m so excited for this twist and really looking forward to seeing the witches back in action this season!

5. Madison Knows Mallory
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American Horror Story Season 8 Episode 3 (Credit: FX)

As if the return of the witch trio isn’t great enough, there’s another small kicker: Madison reveals that she knows Mallory (or at least thinks she does). This information is imparted in the greatest way, with Madison unleashing her iconic, epically bitchy line upon a just-resurrected Mallory.

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American Horror Story (Credit: FX)

Madison: Surprise, bitch. I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.

So… who the heck is Mallory?! Why is she important? I’m dying to know.

Stray Thoughts and Burning Questions:

  • Why did the witches only choose to resurrect Coco, Dinah, and Mallory, specifically — and why did Cordelia refer to them as their “sisters”? Are all three witches?
  • If she really is permanently dead now, what even was the point of Venable? For a character with a lot of promise, she was kind of a let down.
  • That transition to “She’s A Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones right as the witches show up is sheer perfection. American Horror Story has always been pretty great at music cues, but this is for sure a top five moment for me.
  • Where did Brock go after killing Coco? He didn’t go bobbing for apples with the rest, so is he just bopping around the Outpost hangin’ out?
  • I saw a fun theory that Mallory is actually a body-jumping Fiona Goode (Lange’s Coven ex-Supreme), which is just the kind of batshit crazy twist I’d love this show to pull off. It also explains why Madison echoed the exact same line she said to Fiona back in Season 3.
  • Kudos to the American Horror Story team for pulling off that enormously gross and disturbing mass death-by-poison-apples scene. Super gory.
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What did you think of this episode of American Horror Story: Apocalypse? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on FX.

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Caralynn Lippo

Caralynn is a freelance writer and editor, but most importantly, she is a diehard TV addict. A few of her current favorites are Mr. Robot, You're the Worst, iZombie, and The Vampire Diaries. She also writes about TV for Romper, The TV Junkies, and TV Fanatic.

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