American Horror Story: Coven-“The Dead” Season 3 Episode 7 Review

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Wow. Just, wow. I have never been as continually surprised by a show as I am by Coven week after week.

First of all, I could easily write 500 words on Madison’s opening monologue. For a show that veils most of its social commentary with wildly inappropriate humor, it was refreshing and startling to hear such a raw, direct critique of Millennial culture.

There were a plethora of disturbing developments this week. Hank Foxx surrounded by a stockpile of weapons. Zoe returning Spaulding’s bewitched tongue before murdering him. (But only time will tell if he’ll stay murdered. Most people don’t this season.) Speaking of people who used to be murdered…Madison, Kyle, and Zoe have a threesome. (I know only 2 out of 3 of those people are formerly dead, but there’s really no graceful transition to that sentence.)

There was lots of action for anyone who was back from the dead this week, as the Axeman successfully seduced Fiona…and then revealed that he’d watched her over the course of her life and had become infatuated with her. Fiona didn’t seem quite as revolted by this creep show as she should have been. I know she’s upset that her hair is falling out, but she needs to get it together. And not be so cool with having slept with a serial killer from the Jazz Age. Especially now that Cordelia knows the truth about her murdering Madison, Fiona really needs to be on her toes

I guess really the only person who didn’t get lucky this week was Delphine. Queenie paid a visit to Marie this week, who invited her to join the voodoo witches, for a price. That price is Madame LaLaurie. I was just beginning to soften to Delphine, to really enjoy her and Queenie’s offbeat friendship. And then I found out, through a horrifying flashback, that she killed an infant. And yet I felt awful for her when Queenie sold her out. It’s the magic of this show. The series of events, and the sheer brilliance of Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates as actors. Marie Laveau is terrifying,and Delphine was terrified, and they both made me feel it to my core.

This was a very strong episode in an already strong season. Due to the strength of the cast, this show doesn’t need to rely solely on shock value, but there was a ton of it this week. There are so many elements at play in the plot this season, but unlike last season of American Horror Story, none of it seems too overwhelming. Coven has a confidence that both previous seasons lacked, and rightfully so.

I’m starting to suspect that witches just aren’t very nice people. Maybe no one should have that kind of power. (Lessons!) But watching the power go to everyone’s heads and the chaos that’s ensuing is riveting. I’d gladly skip Thanksgiving if it meant we didn’t have to wait two more weeks for the next episode. I don’t have that kind of power though, I’m not the supreme. Grade: A

By: Meghan Coan

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