American Horror Story Coven Review of Burn Witch Burn!

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To say the fifth episode of American Horror Story: Coven, which aired Nov. 6, was horrific does not reveal much. There was plenty of chills and gore to be had, and a major character met her end.

Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) appears to be on a downward spiral. She worsens after her daughter Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) is blinded by a mysterious dark figure in a bar. For a powerful witch, and a Supreme at that, you’d think Fiona would find any way she could to undo her daughter’s blindness but instead, after wandering the halls of the creepy hospital where Cordelia is convalescing, she revives a stillborn baby. Could this be a sign of Fiona’s overwhelming guilt at having failed as a mother? The utterances she tells the grieving mother of the stillborn baby to say reflects her own guilt and when she returns the stillborn baby’s life, you can’t help but rejoice at Fiona’s good deed.

The mystery of Madison’s (Emma Roberts) disappearance has not been solved. Even the abrupt arrival of the Council yielded no firm answers last week so for the time being, Spalding (Denis O’Hare) can continue playing with his human “doll,” but what’s going to happen when the smell starts unfurling throughout the witches’ mansion? Lysol can only do so much. Will Fiona be discovered? I have a feeling she’ll get away with it, especially after the unfortunate end of Myrtle Snow (so awesomely portrayed by Frances Conroy) at the stake. In flashbacks, we saw Fiona’s conniving nature; she did, after all, kill her own mother so it stands to reason she’d do anything to remain Supreme but after corralling Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) to help her frame Myrtle, she convinces the Council that Myrtle is the bad witch.

Meanwhile, there is a battle between two powerful witches, Fiona and Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett). Marie has unleashed a bunch of zombies on the Coven, namely Delphine’s (Kathy Bates) three daughters whom she put in cages after discovering they were planning her demise. Even with her own family, Delphine’s cruelty knew no bounds. In comparison, Fiona is an angel.

The evolution of Delphine is an interesting one. For a woman who was racist and evil to the bone, and then rendered immortal by Marie, through a series of events, she is now repentant for her evil deeds. It’s only in the face of true horror, having her own life saved by Queenie and facing her daughters as zombies, that she is shaken to her core and is now sorrowful. She was clearly a psychopath years past and that does not fundamentally change so how can we account for her tears of regret and remorse? It seems implausible, and pretty unfathomable. American Horror Story would definitely take a fascinating turn if Delphine reverts to her true nature.

Madison isn’t the only missing person. Where is Kyle (Evan Peters)? There is no mention of him but Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) can be forgiven for this oversight because she was too busy offing the swarm of zombies and saving the girl witches. Did you see what happened when she was faced with the biggest zombie of all? I think we have the answer regarding who the next Supreme will be. It’ll only be a matter of time before Fiona finds out.

FX Orders a New Season of American Horror Story

FX Network has announced it will go ahead with a fourth season of American Horror Story. Horror fans everywhere, including myself, can rejoice.

According to TV Guide, CEO of FX Networks, John Landgraf, said of creator Ryan Murphy:

“Time and time again he [Murphy] reinvents the form…Every year, they create a riveting and brilliant new miniseries.  American Horror Story: Coven is the best yet, and I have no doubt that the next installment will be even better.”

By Juana Poareo