This Fan-Favorite ‘American Horror Story’ Couple Actually Never Got Back Together On The Show

American Horror Story was pretty much the first in its genre to become an award-winning horror TV show. Horror doesn’t usually gain a ton of critical acclaim, yet AHS did. Each season depicts a brand new set of terrors, a new list of characters, but always keeping a chunk of the same actors. 

Everyone has their favorites while watching the show, including favorite couples. Shipping can be fun, and what makes it juicier is when the couple has many obstacles in their way. Well, one of the AHS couples that fans have clung on to the most is Tate and Violet from Murder House. They had a long, tumultuous relationship, and unfortunately, in the end, it was never fixed. 

The cast of 'America Horror Story: Apocalypse' speak on a panel at the FX Network portion of the Summer 2018 TCA Press Tour.
The cast of ‘America Horror Story: Apocalypse’ on a panel at the FX Network portion of the Summer 2018 TCA Press Tour, August 3, 2018 | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

‘American Horror Story: Apocalypse’ fixed Tate and Violet’s relationship

Violet and Tate met in her house, the Murder House, in Season 1. At first, the audience doesn’t know Tate Langdon is dead, but then it becomes apparent, and so does his malicious deeds. He not only shot up his high school in the ‘90s, he also raped Violet’s mother, who then has twins. One of those twins is taken in by Tate’s mother, Constance, and is the Anti-Christ Michael in American Horror Story: Apocalypse. 

Going into Season 9, Violet still has Tate shut out of her (after) life, and holds him responsible for his evil actions, denying her intense feelings for him because of it. When Madison Montgomery and Behold Chablis travel to the Murder House this season to learn more about Michael, she talks Violet into reconsidering her position on Tate. This talk also comes after he saved Vivien, Violet’s mom, from Michael, who planned to kill her, eternally.

Madison also explained that unforeseen forces caused Tate to rape Vivien to produce the Anti-Christ. It wasn’t entirely his fault. So Violet and Tate had a tender moment, and it seemed that AHS had left them happily ever after.

Unfortunately, ‘Apocalypse’ reset their reunion 

That happy ending isn’t actually their end. When Mallory goes back in time to find a way to kill a younger Michael before Satanic worshippers teaches him about his purpose, she succeeds. She ends up killing Michael as a teen, a few years after Murder House. Because of this, the whole future changes, as the witches wanted, and the Apocalypse never happens. 

But because that happens, everything after 2015 also gets reset. Mallory stayed in the past to live out her life, now that this evil was taken care of. What this also meant was that Madison never had to travel back, because Michael was never a threat in the future Mallory created. This means that Violet still hates Tate, and Madison never fixed their rift. They’re doomed to avoid each other for the rest of history. 

Taissa Farmiga was conflicted about Tate and Violet getting back together

Taissa Farmiga, Ryan Murphy, and Evan Peters pose at the after-party for the 'American Horror Story: Murder House.'
Taissa Farmiga, Ryan Murphy, and Evan Peters at the after-party for the ‘American Horror Story’ premiere, 2011 | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

In an interview with TV Guide on Oct. 18, 2018 — a day after this episode aired — Taissa Farmiga (Violet) talked to the outlet about playing Violet again, seven years later. She mentioned that she was conflicted about Tate and Violet ending up together because of her waring sides: Taissa vs. Violet. 

“Part of me was, I guess the part that was Violet was happy that she didn’t have to cry anymore and the part that’s Taissa was sort of — you know, I like things that aren’t tied up in a neat little bow,” she said. “I like when things are ambiguous. So you know, I think I was more happy with the Season 1 ending, but I think the Violet inside me is more happy with this ending.”

Of course, this interview happened before the finale, so her thoughts might be different. If you were a die-hard fan of Violet and Tate, you might be in a bit of despair to realize their actual fate. It is fitting for a Murder House ending, though.