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Here's What Fans Think Would Have Made AHS: Apocalypse Better

"American Horror Story: Apocalypse" was, to most viewers' eyes, pretty alright. It received better Rotten Tomatoes scores than the previous three seasons — "Cult," "Roanoke," and that third one that we don't talk about — and it kept fans interested by taking the franchise into a new, highly ambitious genre: a post-nuclear wasteland, complete with freaky gas masks and obligatory sepia tones.

"But," as Pedro Pascal observed, "it could be better." Fandoms are nothing if not town halls full of passionate citizens, and Reddit is the podium where the civic-minded get their five minutes to speak their piece. In a recent post on the /r/AmericanHorrorStory forum, "AHS" fans put the question out there: "What would have made 'Apocalypse' better?"

The answers were multitudinous, numbering in the mid- to high-teens. One user suggested the addition of mech suits — lots of them. Everyone pretty much ignored that, though, and got on with the business of feeling bummed out that a demon with seemingly endless supernatural abilities got snuffed by a Range Rover.

AHS fans couldn't deal with Michael's death

Fans' biggest gripes with "American Horror Story: Apocalypse" centered largely on Cody Fern's Michael, and a perceived waste of his potential as the greatest and most powerful force for evil in the world. One user, u/LitBit_618, posited that the story would have landed better if the showrunners "didn't just end Michael by running him over. I mean, come on...he's the Antichrist! Give him a little bit of power even though he was still practically a baby. Sheesh." Sheesh indeed. 

Another contributor lamented the fact that viewers never got to see a showdown between Michael and Billie Lourd's Mallory, vehicular homicide notwithstanding. "I really liked the fan theory that Mallory was actually an angel and not a witch," wrote u/13senilefelines31, expanding on the frustration. "She could have been powerful enough to take on Michael without having to resort to a time traveling plot device. Mallory running him over with an SUV was so anticlimactic!"

One constant bother seemed to be the way that the show skimped on its apocalyptic setting. "I would have liked it to stay in the world of the apocalypse for longer. Let the outpost get attacked by the outside world. Then have the witches save the day," stated u/baconwrappedreddit. There's plenty more "AHS" on the way, thanks to a tenth season and a spinoff, so the potential for witches using nukes isn't out of the question.