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This American Horror Story: Apocalypse Theory Suggests a Major Asylum Connection

Are the aliens finally returning?

Sadie Gennis

American Horror Story: Apocalypse may be a Murder House and Coven crossover, but one theory going around suggests the season may have a huge tie to Asylum as well.

When Michael Landgon (Cody Fern) arrived at Outpost 3 at the end of the season premiere, he claimed to be there as a representative for The Cooperative on a mission to decide who was worthy of getting moved to a new shelter... and who would die. Given what we know about Michael -- that he's the Antichrist and all -- it's not a jump to assume that Michael is using this as an excuse to get up to some pretty nefarious sh**.

Is Michael looking for his own Four Horseman of the Apocalypse? Is he hunting down the next Supreme to take control of the Coven? Or, could he be looking for the descendants of Asylum's Kit Walker (Evan Peters)?

I know that idea seems a little out of left field, but it actually makes a lot of sense. At least as much sense as anything American Horror Story can.

American Horror Story: Asylum

Kit Walker being understandably freaked out when he realized his kids had magic alien powers


In Asylum, the Devil possessed Sister Mary Eunice (Lily Rabe), but whatever evil scheme the Devil was up to was thwarted in part by the intervention of the aliens -- the same aliens who abducted Kit; his wife Grace (Britne Oldford), who mothered his daughter Julia; and his girlfriend Alma (Lizzie Brocheré), who mothered his son Thomas.

The aliens in Asylum were always a metaphor for God, and Kit's children definitely had an angel-like quality, even healing Sister Jude's (Jessica Lange) mental impairments after her long time locked up in Briarcliff. So if we're to believe that aliens represent the power of good in the American Horror Story universe, it would make perfect sense that they'd be crucial in the mission to stop whatever the hell Michael Langdon is up to now in Apocalypse.

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This theory was originally posted on Reddit two years ago, long before details of Apocalypse came out, and yet it appears to be eerily prescient (maybe the poster is gifted with premonition, like the Coven witches?). As Reddit user jcoleman87 posited in 2016: "An idea: the final season of the show is 'Apocalypse' where Michael Langdon fulfills his part as the antichrist and starts the tribulation. I think I remember hearing that Ryan has said all the seasons will connect in the end so my idea is this: what if when the aliens impregnated Alma and Grace so that there will be superhuman type people on earth to fight against the antichrist and Satan? Or what if they're bringing actual angels and putting them into human bodies to set the stage for the upcoming war? Just an idea."

Freaky, right?

Taking what the Reddit user originally posted and combining it with what we know about Apocalypse so far, I feel like we have good reason to at least consider that Michael is on a mission to track down Kit's descendants now. If he knows that Thomas and Julia and/or anyone who has had alien contact potentially holds the key to his destruction or success, I bet Michael would stop at nothing to find them before they could strike against him. To that end, Michael may have used The Cooperative to identify anyone with the genetic markers that would indicate alien DNA and ensured that they'd be placed in one of the outposts. Once he had everyone trapped underground, Michael could easily go from outpost to outpost under the guise of saving them, but really he'd just be searching for Kit's descendants or other abductees, killing everyone else as they're ruled out.

Because of this, there's a good chance Michael is the one behind the destruction of the three overrun outposts, and there's also a chance he may just have found what he's looking for. Although the Apocalypse premiere was rife with American Horror Story mainstays, the episode also prioritized two new faces: Emily (Ashley Santos) and Timothy Campbell (Kyle Allen), two people who do somewhat mirror Julia and Thomas in appearance.

​Kyle Allen and Ashley Santos, American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Timothy and Emily: Two innocents in love... or two incestuous alien-human hybrids?

Kurt Iswarienko/FX

I'm sure by now many of you are already screaming at your computers about how the timelines don't add up for Emily and Timothy to be Julia and Thomas. Based on the references made in the premiere, it's clear Apocalypse takes place sometime after Trump has taken office, which means it takes place approximately 50 years after Asylum at the bare minimum. Clearly, two people who were born in the '60s aren't in their late teens/early 20s today. But even if Emily and Timothy aren't Julia and Thomas, they could still very well be Kit's grandchildren whose families have somehow diverged so far apart that they don't even know they're related. (And if you think American Horror Story wouldn't give us a Game of Thrones-esque incest storyline, you've got to be kidding yourself.)

American Horror Story: A Definitive Timeline

There is also another interesting theory about who Emily might be: the daughter of Roanoke's Lee Harris (Adina Porter) who went missing when she was four years old. If we wanted to combine the two theories, maybe Lee's Emily went missing because she was abducted by aliens. But honestly, digging into the likelihood that Emily is both Kit's granddaughter and Lee's daughter is a bit too much right now given how little info we have, so let's just focus on whether there are going to be aliens this season. And you know what? I'm going with YES, and let me tell you why.

The music playing on a loop in Outpost 3 was highlighted multiple times in the season premiere, with the residents even discussing the possibility that the songs are sending them messages. Keeping that in mind, the song that is playing when Emily and Timothy arrive definitely supports the Pro Aliens argument: It's The Carpenter's cover of "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft." If you couldn't tell be the title, the song is about aliens who have been observing Earth and the humans who are begging for the aliens' help as they face down the potential destruction of their world. There is absolutely no way that's a coincidence, right? This screams foreshadowing to me. However, what exactly the song may be foreshadowing is murky at best.

Cody Fern as Michael Langdon, American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Michael Langdon, looking evil af

Kurt Iswarienko/FX

Even if we do think aliens are heading to Apocalypse, it's a lot to assume that Timothy and Emily are Kit's descendants. And even if we do assume that they are, it's still completely unclear what role they might play this season. Emily and Timothy could be the biblically prophesied Witnesses placed on Earth to judge humanity. They could be the key to stopping Michael, or maybe even the key to his victory if he learns to harness their powers somehow. Whatever the reason and whatever they are, whoever Michael is looking for is clearly wanted alive, otherwise he wouldn't have made sure everyone with the special DNA was able to survive the nuclear missiles in the bunkers.

So, are aliens going to be in Apocalypse? Maybe! Are Timothy and Emily descendants of Kit? Possibly! Does all of this sound absolutely insane? Oh good lord, definitely! But that's why we all watch American Horror Story: because it's one of the few shows where the crazier the theory, the more likely it is to come true. And tell me you don't want to see a season that is built around a fight between Evan Peters' Murder House son and Evan Peters' Asylum grandkids. That sounds too ridiculous to not hope for, right?

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