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Somehow, it has been three entire seasons since former American Horror Story star Jessica Lange has appeared on the hit FX series, but that unfortunate situation is going to correct itself soon, as Lange will indeed be returning for at least one appearance for the new season. American Horror Story: Apocalypse welcomes Constance Lange to the baffling chaos, although this first look at the reprisal is in a completely different setting from what we've seen so far this season.
So many questions now. So many. We'll save the spoilery stuff for below, though. For now, let's take a general assessment of what we're seeing here, which is basically Jessica Lange in costume as the chain-smoking Constance Langdon, who is notably the grandmother of one Michael Langdon, the antichrist currently shaking things up in big ways at Outpost 3. Even if Ryan Murphy's post didn't call her out as Constance, it's instantly recognizable due to the hairstyle. And for whatever reason, it seems like she's the only character on this show who could make that flowery attire pop so naturally.
However, Jessica Lange doesn't appear to actually be in character. As Ryan Murphy mentions, franchise star Sarah Paulson has on her director's hat in the image, though it obviously doesn't keep her from mingling and having a good time with her co-stars, both new and old. (Paulson is directing Episode 6, set to air on October 17, though it's not clear if this is from that same episode.) But will we get to see Constance sharing the screen with one of Sarah Paulson's characters for American Horror Story: Apocalypse? Something tells me Constance will be expecting a visit from medium Billie Dean Howard, who was last seen hauling ass away from the Hotel Cortez in Hotel.
Now let's get more into some American Horror Story: Apocalypse details, so take this as a spoiler warning, and don't read on until you're caught up with all the released episodes.
Episode 2, "The Morning After," was a twist-filled hour of weirdness, as Michael started the process of selecting worthy survivors to accompany him to the Sanctuary, which appears to be the only true safe haven in the dying world. One could assume that the Coven witches will be involved there, potentially with Jessica Lange's Fiona Goode in tow, but it's not so clear how this season will bring back other Murder House characters beyond the Rubber Suit Man. (R.I.P. Evie, and WTF happened there anyway?.) At this point already in the season, I guess I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Kathy Bates' Miriam Mead, who got shot and most certainly did not have human innards, is actually Constance's consciousness ported into a robot hybrid body. Since that would probably only be the fourth strangest thing we'll learn in Apocalypse.
But the biggest question for me is what point in time this Constance scene is happening in. Are we getting flashbacks, or will there actually be some time travel involved? There are tons of theories out there positing all manner of outcomes for the season, so we'll have to wait and see if anyone got it right.
Will Constance bring Tate back with her? Or what about Addie Langdon? We haven't seen Jamie Brewer since Roanoke, which wasn't exactly the biggest role, and she'd only been in two episodes of Freak Show. Let's get the whole Langdon clan back together, shall we?
American Horror Story: Apocalypse airs on FX on Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. ET. To see what other new and returning shows will be hitting the small screen soon, head to our fall TV premiere schedule.