What Happened on 'American Horror Story: Murder House' and 'Coven?' Recap Before 'Apocalypse'

The world will come to its bitter end when American Horror Story returns with Apocalypse—but viewers won’t meet their fate before watching a coven of witches live in the Murder House.

Season 8 is expected to portray show creator Ryan Murphy’s horrifying vision for the end of days accompanied with the rise of the anti-Christ by intertwining the worlds of previous installments of the AHS franchise, Season 1’s Murder House and Season 3’s Coven.

This year’s anthology will include a number of characters fans are already acquainted with, including Sarah Paulson’s Season 1 psychic, Billie Jean Howard, and the supreme witch of Season 3, Cordelia Goode. Jessica Lange is also back with her Season 1 role of Constance Langdon. Evan Peters is also slated to return in two different roles—one of which, perhaps, could be Tate Langdon and his rubber man suit, although that hasn’t been confirmed. Murder House stars Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott are back with their Season 1 characters, Vivien and Ben Harmon, respectively. Tassia Farmiga, who starred as the Harmon’s troubled teen daughter in Season 1 will also appear in Season 8, although it is unclear if she’ll be reprising that role or Season 3 character of a troubled teen witch.

Speaking of witches, Emma Roberts, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy and Gabourey Sidibe are also returning—hopefully with some spells to survive the apocalypse.

Before the Murder House and Coven world’s collide for Apocalypse, get a quick recap of what went down in the former seasons below.

Murder House

The very first AHS of the franchise premiered in October 2011. The series centered on the Harmon family, who uprooted from Boston to Los Angeles following Vivien’s miscarriage and the discovery of Ben’s affair with a much younger psychology student. They move into a beautiful suburban home with their daughter Violet totally unaware that the house is haunted by the ghosts of its former owners and their many victims.

Their nosy and often-rude neighbor Constance Langdon often invites herself over with her daughter Adelaide (Jamie Brewer), who has a strange connection to the house. The Harmon’s are also frequently visited a former resident of the house who warns them of the home’s haunted legacy.

As for Violet, before he the suicidal teen discovers she overdosed and is really a ghost trapped in the house for eternity, she befriends and falls in love with Tate, who is actually a dead mass murderer. He often disguised himself in a rubber suit and later rapes and impregnates Vivien, although she is under the impression the rubber suit man is her husband, Ben, who is later killed in the house by his former lover (who is also dead) and learns he is trapped in the house forever. While giving birth to twins—one of which dies and is also stricken to the house forever—Vivien dies and becomes the home’s captive as well.

Coven

The third of the AHS anthology premiered in October 2013. It followed a coven of women who were all descendants of the Salem witches living in Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies in New Orleans. Headmistress Cordelia Goode operates the academy, although her mother, Supreme Witch Fiona Goode, usually appears to be the one in charge.

After receiving a cancer diagnosis, Fiona becomes hellbent on finding the new supreme, whom she believes is on the rise as a result of her weakening powers and illness. Enraged by this belief, she makes amends with her arch-enemy, Voodoo queen Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett), in an attempt to gain immortality while trying to determine (and kill) the next supreme, which turned out to be her own daughter in the end.

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