'American Horror Story Apocalypse': Do biblical references about Michael and Mallory leave clues for the finale?
While some of them are really well known, like the multiple references to the apple from the Garden of Eden in 'Forbidden Fruit', some of them are a little deeper
Like most plots of the horror genre, 'American Horror Story Apocalypse' has been consistent with its Biblical references. Right from the beginning, this season has been laced with references from the book and even has multiple episodes named after them. While some of them are really well known, like the multiple references to the apple from the Garden of Eden in 'Forbidden Fruit', some of them are a little deeper, especially when it comes to its two main characters - Michael and Mallory. If you're a fan of the show you know that Ryan Murphy would never put something in the story without it having some real value, so we suspect that these mentions will play a huge part in the season finale.
The first mention is Michael Langdon, himself. Michael, the protagonist of 'Apocalypse' is said to be the son of Satan, who will bring an end to life as we know it. There are also multiple references to Satanic cults and Black Masses and when Michael does realizes his full power, he does so by eating the heart of a girl that his followers kill. In the Bible, the concept of good and evil is pretty clear and so are the two sides - one is Jesus and one is the antichrist. In the same episode, Connie Britton's character Vivien, Michael's birth mother quoted the Book of Revelations. She said, "I saw a beast with ten horns and seven heads rising out of the sea. All who dwell on this earth will worship him."
This is a clear indication of one thing - Michael wins and the apocalypse has happened for real. It is not Cordelia's vision as some theories suggested earlier. Michael's name itself is pretty ironical - he's named after an archangel. In the New Testament Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. In the Epistle of Jude Michael is specifically referred to as "the archangel Michael".
Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil. This begs for another theory as the show progresses - is Michael the good guy who is being controlled by higher powers? When Mead dies in 'Traitor' she doesn't scream his name - she calls on his father. It is possible that he is just a pawn. If the rumors are true, Marie Laveau will make an appearance this season, which means she is capable of controlling the human half of Michael.
There's also the case of Mallory the witch. She's got power like no other and is slated to be the next Supreme. For now, it looks like she may just be the only hope Cordelia has but did you know her name signifies anything but hope? An English surname of French origin, Mallory is a name derived from old French maloré, which means the unfortunate one or the unlucky one. Even though Mallory isn't a Biblical reference, it is worth noting that her character so far has been anything but bad luck. Perhaps the names of Michael and Mallory have been made ironic to serve a purpose? There's a possibility that's she is an actual angel. Theories suggest that she is somewhat divine - she's usually dressed in white and wears a wreath like golden headband which makes it look like a halo. It could also be symbolic of Christ and the wreath of thorns around his head. This points to only one direction - she's on the good side and she may potentially never survive the finale sight.
'American Horror Story' airs every Wednesday at 10 pm on FX.