Attention: This post contains spoilers for "AHS: Apocalypse" episode 5, “Boy Wonder.”
Michael Langdon may be the new Supreme, but don’t count Cordelia Goode out just yet. Her powers may be fading, but what she lacks in magic, she makes up for in brains.
She still has the power to control the warlocks, after all. When Ariel questioned her authority, she gave it right back to him, saying “I outrank you, I can destroy you, so I suggest you fall in line because I am still your Supreme.” He backed down because that witch is scary when she’s mad.
Cordelia also has visions of the coming apocalypse. She knows the end is near and she knows Langdon is a crucial part of that future, better or worse. She allows Langdon to ascend to his destiny, but knows there will be consequences for the Coven and the world. But she has to let him do his thing before she can make her next move.
She knows Langdon is more than meets the eye, but she seems to be following the Michael Corleone method of keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. She allows him to pass the Seven Wonders trials, essentially stripping her of power, because she needs to see what he can do, even if he’s full of danger.
Also, Cordelia knows something we don't, because she sends Madison to Murder House to dig up dirt on Langdon, over anyone else, with warlock Behold in tow. Not only is she aware that’s where Langdon is from, but she could have sent Zoe, one of the more reliable and level-headed witches. Madison, in her words, is “only loyal to [her]self.” Perhaps she knows Madison will encounter her ancestors, Charles and Nora Montgomery, the crazy doctor and his spoiled baby-hungry wife? Or maybe she knows that Madison has a soft spot for emo boys like ghost Tate Langdon (father of Michael) and can manipulate him for information? Either way, Cordelia is smarter than we all realize. Nothing but respect for my supreme.
If all else fails, she managed to get a bonus out of all of this. She got Misty Day brought back as part of Langdon’s Seven Wonders Trials and it’s a pretty good parting gift that if you’re going to lose your power as ruler of magical people, you at least get your bestie back from the dead, along with a reason to have a pop-up performance of Stevie Nicks singing “Gypsy.” Like we needed a “reason.”
Next week: We finally [squeals audibly] get to go back to Murder House and check up on what Tate and the Harmon family are up to. Does Tate realize his evil spawn is plotting to ruin the world? Have he and Violet made peace during their eternal purgatory? Do we find out why Michael Langdon went from newborn to adult in the span of seven years?