Personal note: do not live in a house built directly on the portal to hell.
Still, American Horror Story Season 1 was iconic for a reason, and even all these years later, it continues to show why it was so successful with it.
Taking a walk on the path of memories never felt so fun, and never managed to wrap as much excitement as it did with all our favorite characters.
There is a clear strength in the good characterization that is not overwhelmed by the plot, something that the current season could be inspiring.
During season 8 of American Horror Story, episode 6, Madison and Behold Chablis arrived at the House of Murder, where they could hear all about Michael's childhood.
With the help of some fan favorites, they got all the information they needed about who Michael really was, and us too.
"Return to Murder House" was written by Crystal Liu and directed by Sarah Paulson and was a standout. It was effective because it focused on a strong character and soothed the sense of yearning fans have had for Murder House since it ended.
The framing and direction helped the emotional scenes and gave them another advantage.
But even more than that, it felt like coming home. A American Horror Story loves to turn and change things, so being able to sit still and remember with characters you trust was a big advantage.
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Probably it would not have been so difficult to find out how Michael got to where he is in the present time, and yet to see him crawling along the way was worth waiting for.
It was so easy to want to see Michael and Tate come together because it was somehow a new version of that dark type that won many when the show first premiered. But that became a further clarification about the true nature of Tate, which in its essence is not at all evil, and it was the house that took him there.
I'm not sure about that. In any case, it felt like a way to clear out Tate's long list of indiscretions because the characters returned and their relationship with Violet was very popular.
I'm a monster. Why do you want to help me?
Then, from a writing perspective, it made sense to want to give the favorite couple a happy ending, one that would have to be achieved by allowing Tate to slip over his indescretions.
But it hurt so much that it was not going to happen off the screen, especially when Violet was legitimately upset about her past.
However, there was not enough time to delve into all that drama, which became canon information that was modified to adapt to the current narrative.
It's a small concern, but it weighs a lot on who Tate really is and what that means to Michael, who does not even get much out of his "father".
Originally, Michael being as evil as he could be explained as a mixture of Satan and Tate, who showed signs of that dark side.
Now Michael is alone. It is a product of darkness that embodies the house of murder, and belongs to no one, except perhaps the devil.
It adds to what brought him to that point, but somehow, he was always destined to become exactly what he is now.
It fits in the mold of a perfect villain because his past is fascinating, but he's still the bad guy.
There are times to sympathize with him until you remember the chaos he caused and the people he hurt in the process. There's nothing good to find in Michael, and that's completely fine.
A quality villain is one who fits that description without forcing the idea of an arch of redemption. Some people are simply evil, and embracing that only increases the stakes for the heroes instead of doing boring things.
Even I can not create something so monstrous, so bad, like you.
What would really be boring is if Michael forgave in an attempt to humanize someone who was evil. Vivian was right when she said that he was condemned from the beginning; There was never going to be anything hopeful about a child conceived in that house of murder.
Nothing about Vivian bringing Michael to this world was smooth or without his problems, a sign that he would get even worse when he really was in the world.
And that's exactly what happened when Michael not only destroyed everything around him during his childhood, but also allowed the planet to be destroyed.
However, there is still that curiosity about their growth so fast. Was that a witch thing or a satan thing or a Michael thing?
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Memories of the murder house
For a show that does not survive in happy endings, the return to the beloved meant getting some resolution.
Moira got it first, and it was emotional. His scene with his mother was heartbreaking because he was very relatable. It was a simple way in which Moira wanted to spend the rest of her days, and now she can.
Walking was beautifully structured because it expressed everything that could not be said in an hour. Looking back, Moira went through enough to win it, she was the one who left with a promising future beyond the screen.
Constance was a different story because instinct depends on the audience feeling bad for her. Nothing in which she found happiness seemed to end in her favor, until now.
The idea that Constance sought perfection to be resolved by valuing the children she had had all the time was lovely.
Raising children that sometimes became simple vicious monsters, specifically in Tate and Michael, could not have been easy for her. It was clear that it did not come from negligence; in fact, Constance gave everything to them.
They were just meant to not have a chance, and she was destined to end up in the middle of all the chaos there.
Tate: I'm so sorry for everything.
Violet: I know.
It was unfortunate that even her promise of a new life with her grandson ended her belief that she had to commit suicide before Michael killed her. There is no doubt there, especially the discomfort that got to the point that he could not even trust that he would not kill her while he slept.
However, he learned a lesson on how to treasure what he had not realized he had had all along.
It was a small puzzle that solved those open questions about where the ghosts ended up in that house.
It is not clear if, with the end of the world, the house also ended, or if being the portal to hell guarantees survival in the limited sense that you already have.
There is the idea of the sanctuary, a promise made by Miguel that could actually exist.
If there was a place where others could survive, this is your best bet. He has survived almost everything else, and Michael would already be familiar with that, even if he is not excited to return that.
We know that.
Even so, even if this house came to an end after creating the person who would destroy it at some point, it was reassuring that there was still some happiness left for those who were trapped there and that the cycle could not stop spinning.
Committing to American Horror Story means accepting the concept of being condemned, often because of the people involved. Nothing happens, but when it does, it can be untenable.
Therefore, it is promising to have small indications that people are better, even if they do not have to do it as spirits, and from there they allow themselves to find happiness even if limited.
The possibilities are there; They may need time to achieve something.
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Useless hope for the future
To continue exploring the past means that there is still less time dedicated to the present, specifically the life after the apocalypse that everyone lives with Michael.
The good news is that Cody Fern plays Michael Langdon so well that he does not make the narrative seem like he's wasting time, far from it.
And even though a combination of the iconic American Horror Story 1 season came back with a combination of all of Michael's background information, unfortunately, it's not what this season focuses on.
Maybe that is not true and the part of the apocalypse this season is not so important, but that is what most of the characters pursue us.
Through all these flashbacks and time counts of everyone with Michael, everyone is still focused on the end of the world and what is likely to happen after he is still alive and prosperous.
This episode does a perfect job to show what really works for American Horror Story right now: a fascinating villain and pure nostalgia.
But what happens now?
Our time is not over yet when it comes to the characters trying to stop Michael. We will see the task through them, even if it is obvious that it could not have been of any use if it is still in the reign now.
There is a promise in the possible scenes that return to the Outpost as it is now, with some faces that apparently were not destined to return, but now they will.
There are also some more connections with the part of the American Horror Story Coven series, and even Dinah makes an appearance with Cordelia that looks like it might be worth waiting for.
This destroyed me beyond recovery. Michael made me believe that my presence here meant something. That mattered to me.
The interesting additions to the trip generally outweigh the concern for the timeline that was first presented to us so as not to receive the attention it deserves.
The only reason that there is something to worry about is related to the fact that more seasons have been collected for American Horror Story. If there are more of them, then there must be a place for them to settle down, right?
That sounds more hopeful than it should be, but the assumption is that Michael will face once again in this Outpost and that the Cooperative will reveal itself to others soon.
For now, however, the tension is building up and even if the answer to the question is already answered, there is still a war that is about to happen and becomes more and more intense in the second.
What do you think of the episode? Was everything you expected and more? Did you like how the stories were wrapped with our favorite characters in the House of Murder?
Did this make you worry more about Michael? What ghost of Murder House were you most excited to see?
Where do you see things going from here? What do you want to see now that everyone is caught up with Michael's intentions?
What are some of your theories about what this season might still have planned for us?
Let us know what you think below.
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Yana Grebenyuk He is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.