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American Horror Story S03E12: "Go to Hell"

Do you ever find yourself watching something new and original in the present tense and suddenly realize that THIS is what will be rebooted or remade in a few decades? In just surveying everything currently on TV and in theaters and on our Zunes and on our Dick Tracy watches: Fully half of it existed a long time ago under the same title. But it's pretty rare to be able to spot future reboots before the advantage of hindsight kicks in. I think we can all agree that however many seasons of American Horror Story Ryan Murphy bestows upon us, and however many years pass before it becomes a dormant franchise, it WILL be back. And that version WILL be a hit. The format is just too perfect. Some cool future TV network (FXXXXXX) will team up with a powerful showrunner (Selena Gomez) to dust off the franchise, hire an elderly Taissa Farmiga and multiple-time Oscar nominee Dylan O'Brien to be the resident scenery-chewers, and introduce a whole new generation of discerning viewers to this weekly exercise in madness. But much like how the Friday the 13th remake simply skipped to the good parts of the original franchise—Jason Voorhees as the killer (Part 2) AND wearing a hockey mask (Part 3)—I feel like the inevitable AHS reboot will just skip to the Coven season. Sure, the writers will throw in a vinyl gimp suit and a spirited performance of "The Name Game," just to keep the references flowing. But it's Coven that will be seared into nostalgists' memory as the quintessential season. I realize these are a bold statements to make, but if you're reading this you LOVE bold statements because no TV show is bolder than AHS. What I'm trying to say is, something has to be very good for you to observe it in the present moment and immediately imagine its long and celebrated legacy in the future. This is that kind of season and this is that kind of show. 

"Go to Hell." What an episode. Just what an episode. Death, mayhem, hell, witchslaps, axe murder, hobo murder, voodoo devils eating marshmallows: This thing had it all and more. And every second of it was earned. Yes, a lot of these episodes can feel like a mixtape of outrageous things (and I'm never one to criticize randomness; I mostly wish TV made less sense), but it's truly a feat when an episode can be as filled-to-the-brim with insanity as this one was, but have it all be painstakingly set up in episodes past. Nothing felt out of place or cheap or unearned. Anyway, why am I trying to sell you on this, you already KNEW these things. So let's just get into it, dudes and lady dudes! 

It all started with a presentation of all the Seven Wonders tests that witches must face. And it was filmed in an old-timey silent film style (including cheesy in-camera special effects) that reminded me of those old-timey sinister clips in BioShock. Yes I am equating all old-timey movies with DEATH and looking back at history can you blame me? All of those people died! Anyway, these were my two favorite tests:

Haha sometimes witchcraft looks VERY annoying.

This was all in the context of Fiona explaining to Queenie that Queenie was going to have to perform all seven tests the following weekend. But Queenie wasn't that interested because she knew that Fiona probably just wanted to murderize her, plus she was all mad about Marie Laveau's disappearance and had a feeling that Fiona was involved.


Just a typical morning coffee hang.

Meanwhile, guess who was back and blinder than ever?

BLIND CORDELIA! And she was in top form, just ambling around with her tapping stick demanding to touch people and read all their secrets. 

Of course Madison didn't want everyone knowing about how she'd boxed up Misty Day (LOL) so she kept using teleportation to elude the blind woman pawing clumsily for her. Which oh cool, Madison had a new power! That was the thing about this episode: Basically all the witches were growing more and more powerful as Fiona was getting closer to death. None of them attempted to win the lottery or whatever, so it's not like they were using their powers wisely. But still, I was captivated. Anyway, finally Madison let Cordelia touch her:

But Cordelia's second-sight (uh, first-sight?) still hadn't turned back on! So no dice.

Even though Fiona did not want to discuss what had happened to Marie Laveau (which, why would she not even be curious about it? Weren't they pretty close allies by this point?), Queenie still took it upon herself to figure out where Marie Laveau had gone. The giant blood stain in the potions room was a pretty big clue in my opinion. So then Queenie looked through a voodoo scrapbook and started yammering some things and suddenly this happened:

She was back at her old job! But it was technically HELL! Or voodoo hell. Who knows? But there were chicken tenders and all-you-can-drink Chubbie's Soda, so who would complain? Queenie, that's who.

But I guess Papa Legba respected Queenie's pluck, so he granted her a flashback of what had happened to Marie Laveau:

Delphine had CUT HER UP and she had cut her up SO MUCH. Twice in this episode very powerful women were murdered by someone way less powerful, so it just goes to show that magic can't necessarily save your life if you're not thinking clearly. Just FYI.


Then Queenie made Papa Legba some hot cocoa (he wanted extra marshmallows obviously) and used some stone-cold LOGIC on him: If Marie Laveau could no longer steal babies for Papa Legba, then her immortality contract must be null and void and if her immortality contract is null and void then Delphine must be mortal again also. Papa Legba was like "YA GOT ME!" The thing about Papa Legba is, he seems like a pretty chill dude for being the king of voodoo hell. You know? I expected him to be a much bigger dick about everything.

After cutting up Marie Laveau, Delphine decided to get a Kathy Bates makeover and then get a job as a docent at her old pad. But if you ask me the owners should fire her right away because instead of giving the tourists what they want (salacious tales of old-time race-based torture), she was attempting to do tons of damage control on her own reputation instead. Boring!


This pan-over was the best. Look who was just chilling outside in the alleyway:

Oh man Queenie sorta stole this whole episode. Sorry, everybody else in the show, but you're gonna have to call the cops on Queenie. The show is gone because Queenie stole it.

Oh and here's how Delphine got her docent position, in case you were wondering:

She murdered the previous docent with a hammer! And then she did this:


It was disgusting tbh. Delphine was disgusting in general if we're being even more honest.

Anyway, Queenie cornered her in the attic and attempted to get her to repent and do social work or whatever, but Delphine was NOT about it, and even admitted that when she'd cried earlier during the Civil Rights videos she was only crying because it was tragic to let black people think they're equals and also Paula Deen shouldn't have had to apologize and junk like that.

And then Queenie STRAIGHT MURDERED Delphine and she died with a fountain of blood gushing all over her face. Holy moly. What a disgusting and completely deserved way to go. Maybe it was too quick, though? Maybe it should've been drawn out for a couple of years because in my opinion Delphine was not a great person. Still, do you see what I'm saying about Queenie being a BOSS in this episode? She got results!

Fiona had had it. Beautiful custom portrait or not, half her brain was falling out of her nose and she was hella dying. We've all been there.

I guess because she was in a dying kinda mood, she decided to get out her fancy jewelry and give it to Cordelia.

But then Cordelia's powers suddenly came back! And instead of merely seeing things that had happened in the past, she could now see the future! And the future looked very bloody. It involved property damage and broken bannisters and also tons of dead witches.

Trust me, it was not the best kind of vision to have. Pretty much any vision would have been cooler or more chill. And it was especially weird when Cordelia snapped out of it and Fiona noticed that she looked troubled.

But she saved the situation by asking for more jewelry. That is a trick I always use when somebody is hassling me too. "Where is your rent check?" Please give me jewelry. "Most of your teeth are now just clumps of skittles." More jewelry pls. (Note: This does not work and also I may have to go away for a while.)

Much like Queenie, Cordelia was ALL ABOUT results in this episode. She was very results-oriented and should probably put that on her resume now. But yeah, she went and visited Axeman and gave him some bad news via mind-meld.

The main thing he learned? That Fiona was planning to straight-up LEAVE his butt. No country homes, no camping, no waterslide parks, NO romantic ostrich rides. They were going to be dunzo and Axeman did not seem happy about it.

But Cordelia wasn't done with her errand list yet. Next up: Figuring out where Misty Day (LOL) went!

It didn't take long for Cordelia to sniff her out, so she took her fellow partner-in-takin'-care-of-bizness Queenie with her to the cemetery, where Queenie used her new witch powers to exhume Misty Day (LOL) AND bring her back to life too.

I am not going to lie, I felt super bad for Misty Day (LOL) here. She was finally done with the whole coven, probably enjoying a wonderful sleep, getting some very good Zs, but NOPE. Now she's been dragged back into it. I get irritated when my phone dings before 11am, I can't even imagine what it's like to be torn from a coffin and slapped alive again. Poor Misty Day (LOL)!

Meanwhile Myrtle and Madison had a very meaningful conversation through a bouquet of flowers.

Unfortunately this Shakespearean exchange was interrupted by the surprise return of these two:

See, what had happened was, they went to Florida and ate a orange and then murdered a hobo and then brought him back to life and now Zoe wants to be Supreme. Classic Zoe.

Um, so there tends to be this weird thing in society when people love seeing two women go at it in a "cat fight" situation which always faintly reeks of misogyny and carries troubling connotations for—OH FORGET IT THIS WAS AMAZING:

Misty Day (LOL) ran in the house and BEAT MADISON UP BAD.

HAHAHAH HOLY S. This fight went on for SO LONG. It was seriously approaching They Live levels of (very necessary) duration. Who knew Misty Day was such a THUG? She kicked Madison's ass all over the place (I will be forever pissed that it wasn't scored to "Edge of Seventeen" but whatever). Luckily Kyle broke it up, because when Kyle isn't murdering dogs and hobos he is the very model of restraint. Also, he interrupted them just in time, because look who suddenly ran in with an axe! 

HAHA oh, Axeman. Literally when will you learn?

After all the witches pushed him across the house, Cordelia sniffed the blood he'd trailed on the parquet and realized that it belonged to FIONA.

That's when we found out what had happened to her! Axeman confronted her about her plans to leave him and it didn't go well:

I mean the scene was way longer and much more Tennessee Williams-esque, but you get the point. In fact, Fiona was just about to start rattling off a story about a cat when she suddenly got AXED. It was shocking and gross and hilarious and exactly the kind of brutal death Fiona pretty much had coming. I was surprised that Axeman got to be the one to do it, but then again, we probably haven't seen the last of Fiona, right? Even though Axeman fed her body to alligators? Who knows! All we (or the rest of the coven) knew was that the supreme had been murdered by a ghost and now that ghost must pay.

Let me tell you something: This was a VERY satisfying murder scene.

And just like that AXEMAN went softly into the night. Farewell Axeman, you were a baffling character through and through. But I loved that he kept getting stabbed to death by witches. That's Axeman's thing. Playing saxophone, axe murderin', humping on dying witches, and getting murdered by angry covens. What a life!

Um, so, okay. Then we got some closure (?) on Marie Laveau and Delphine. As Papa Legba told us earlier, everyone has a personal hell, and sometimes a personal hell involves other people being there. So in this case Marie Laveau and Delphine will be serving in hell TOGETHER. Delphine as a prisoner forced to watch her own family members be eviscerated with hot pokers, and Marie Laveau as the one who inflicts the pain despite not really wanting to.

In my opinion this was very unfair to Marie Laveau and I'm not super stoked about it. She deserved way, way better. Yes, she stole babies, but that was Papa Legba's idea. Marie Laveau gave free haircuts to old ladies and also single-handedly kept the New Orleans fashion world afloat with her impeccable taste and style. I don't know, guys. Feeling kinda disappointed here. But I get it, they both deserved each other. Fine. I think I just liked Marie Laveau too much. Sue me. (Do not sue me.)

Which left us with the episode's final question: What happens when the supreme is dead??

Oh boy. I don't even know. I just do not even know. What will happen? EVERYTHING? Will EVERYTHING happen? Probably. No less than everything will happen next week and I am not ready now nor will I ever be.

(By the way, which lucky producer or crew member gets to hang this gorgeous painting in their salon or game room or vestibule? It is truly wonderful and I'm insanely jealous.)

So yeah: This was the penultimate episode and it contained the deaths of at least THREE of the leads. Those three venerated actresses who appeared on all the posters? DEAD. All dead. Now it's just the junior witches left (sans Nan. (Snans.)) And it looks like next week will be ALL about the trials of the seven wonders. Bring them on? Yes, bring them on. I would speculate more but that would force me to accept the notion that there is only one episode left of this thing and I CAN'T. I just can't. And I won't.

BYE.

(I loved "Go to Hell" very very much.)

SRSLY BYE.


QUESTIONS:

... Is Fiona perma-dead?

... Which witch are you rooting for now?

... How many additional minutes should Misty and Madison's fight have lasted? Five minutes? Ten minutes? Thirty-five minutes?

... Do you hope your personal hell also smells like chicken tenders?


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AIRED ON 1/13/2016

Season 5 : Episode 12

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"The format is just too perfect. Some cool future TV network will team up with a powerful showrunner Selena Gomez..."

You take that back RIGHT NOW!

"BOBBY WOMACK"

Ha! I think Delphine Lalaurie's house was actually on Royal street, not 100th...but still. Ha!

"In my opinion this was very unfair to Marie Laveau and I'm not super stoked about it. She deserved way, way better."

I'm okay with her personal hell. As far as hell goes, tormenting a psycotic slave torturer isn't the worst way to go.

I am however a little disappointed in her death. While a miraculous spell to unto Papa Legba's immortality might have been a little cheesy...it would have been better than a bonk on the head and dismemberment by Delphine and her punk ass ghost lacky.
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Amazeballs! Correct me if I'm wrong but the scene with Axeman and Fiona was one long single shot, from the moment Fiona walked in until the kitty cat story which was cut short (see what I did there?).
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I think something's going to happen and then all of the surviving witches will be Supremes now like at the end of Buffy.
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I do just that. I just know some how, some way, a show like my beloved The Golden Girls would be recreated in some way that will never live up to it. It has happened, but you know, It's just become such a part of the norm, that I'd become immune to it.

When I was watching the opening, I was wondering where did this bad magic come from. Then I realized it was a magicks and other things. I was about to get all pissed that they weren't airing it.

When Fiona showed her powers to Queenie, I all about fell out of bed. It was great on so many levels. Dammit she's good!

Madison is so Fiona that it's not even plausible to thing anything else at this point.

I saw the Voodoo Diary and my mind went straight to a dumb sequence that if it were any other show, that it would have worked out. I thought of Queenie writing, "Dear Diary, I was totally thinking of Voodoo Priest Papa Legba the other day, because I know he knows something about Delphine and Marie, but I don't have the guts to talk to him about it. What am I to do dear Diary? Do you think I should ask him?" And a few days later she would.

I totally enjoyed Papa Legba and his evilness drinking hot cocoa and asking for marshmallows, because, for real, the King Of Hell must enjoy his cocoa at times.

I did not like how Queenie died. I wanted something more epic than that. And btw, why was the blood so dark. So much blood and no one to clean it up. Where were the maids?!

Delphine, oh my goodness, Delphine. She was beyond wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed her way of inserting herself in a way to make what it is seem to be justified. I found it unintentionally funny. And yes, that is wrong on many a level.

With Queenie standing in the backdrop waiting for that moment to get her, was just on point. Well done there, well done.

Um, I want that painting. Just her legs alone is worth it. And her scowl is like the best thing ever!

Who knew that putting on some real old jewelry would make one's powers return. That moment was good and bad, because it was foretelling. Someone had to stop the great one and who would it be. It set us up with some great dialogue again between Axeman and Fiona. Fiona is such a wily ole woman. Did he really think that she was going to live on a farm of all places? Not my Fiona.

Myrtle's entire diatribe was hilarious and mean. I swear, she's like that unsung hero in a movie where when you re-watch said movie, you realize how good she was.

Misty vs Madison was good. I was hoping Madison could have done more and gotten better hits in, but alas, it was not meant to be.

Did anyone else get that musical feel, where after everyone's done singing, they go back to stuff like nothing happened? That's how I felt after they fought and then banded together to take out the Axeman.

Misty has almost the best line of the night about how even she couldn't bring someone back from corocdile $@#!.

Fiona's daughter, who's name I cannot recall, had be rolling with what she said about her Mom at the very end of the episode.

I found this to be a well told episode that tied up loose ends. I hope the season finale is great.
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Hello there, fellow fanboys and fangirls.

^_^

I'm Melizmatic, but you can just call me 'late';

Late to AHS, (but honestly the first two seasons seemed lame) and late to these wonderfully entertaining recaps with the silly-as-hell macros, (which are pure comedic gold in of themselves.)

Oh, well; at least there's next week.

Idk who the next Supreme is; the way this show works, it's anybody's guess, and they may all still end up dead.

But at least it will be fun to watch.


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I hope Lance Reddick back on AHS for season 4.
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Reddick is a powerful actor. I still remember his acting from OZ. Playing a guy like Papa Legba is practically effortless for him. There's some amazing talent on AHS.
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I never watched Oz or the Wire; (I'm a serious tv snob) but his talent is obvious, even in the short scenes he has on Coven.

ITA that they have a highly skilled cast this season.

:)
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1) Yeah, she gone.
2) Queenie. It's Queenie. Or Zoe. They've shown a leadership for this coven (Zoe's is arguable) and determination and loyalty that the rest of the coven has yet to reveal. Well, after saying that Cordelia could be too.
3) I would have watched that fight forever! It took me by surprise. As soon as Misty threw that first punch, I knew she could scrap. lol
4) I don't know. I'm not even trying to think of how that will turn out for me.
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Queenie is just awesome she basically stole the episode, i only hope that image of Minotaure fapping to finally go away from my mind on day ( or not LOL)

I think Fiona is not dead, she made that pact (along with Marie) with Papa Legba when she killed Nann and he accepted so is safe to assume she will come back, maybe Marie´s contract is broken but doesnt mean Fiona´s pact is broken aswell.

I ´m actually disapointed we never got to know more about the Voodoo coven and Marie just abandoned it like it never was, that doesnt make much of a sense, the logical thing to do was solve the witch hunters problem and get back to her home to rule her own coven. Also i don´t know why Angela Basset is credited as a guest star when she is actually a main character from the get go. Very unfair with that magnificent actress...she and Mrs Lange OWNED this season.

Nan will be back i´m quite sure ( at this point all the witches have extra /similar powers and i dare to say she managed to survived and escaped Papa´s hell somehow), not sure who the next supreme would be : assuming is Misty Day or Zoe is way too obvious, is not Madison evidently .

Myrtle is awesome i love how she basically hangs around the house fixing flowers and playing her music being all low profile but i´m sure she´s planing something, let´s remember that she also came back from the dead (Broiler) via Misty day, she killed the rest of the witch coincile and also tryed to get rid of Zoe sending her to Florida "in the name of love", she knew about Misty being buried alive - and you can notice when she confronted Madison-, She had a 50 years old feud with Fiona for the control of the Coven, she has been cooking that revenge for decades. My money is on Myrtle Snow being the killer.

Cordelia´s future vision was very revealing, is like those things gonna happen anyways and she only assumed was Fiona´s plan but maybe it wasnt...maybe will happen slighty different ( sans Fiona) and the killer witch is someone else...the only one´s who doesnt apear dead in that vision are Myrtle and Nan... so the supreme is either one of them.

This is my favorite season to date... i wonder how the next season gonna be themed.
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Um... Fiona didn't have a binding contract with Papa Legba; they started to, but he instantly broke it off, because Fiona "ain't got no soul."



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Holy crap this description of the episode made me laugh so hard XD
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There are SEVEN Wonders and there are SEVEN main characters left! Coincidence?
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The coven from Secret Circle shows up, kicks everyone's asses, and TSC gets a new season (I think all the clickity clacking is just foreshadowing).
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Plot twist: Stevie Nicks comes back and kills them all and is the next supreme. Lolololol
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While they're all ripping each other apart, old Myrtle is just tending the flowers.....nobody is paying any attention to her.....and maybe she'll the last one standing.
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Very interesting theory; it has merit.
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I love the b*tchfight Misty Day kickass!
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Fiona is a genius, she planted two little visions in Cordellia and Axebooboo and some blood on his "30 dollar suit" (nice try miss eye-deal outfit) an she saved herself from the overly attached axe murderer and the snakepit that is this coven. Well played you old slut <3
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Okay so I was right: Cordelia did (basically) kill Fiona at the end.

I hope she becomes the next Supreme since she does care about that damn coven instead of just having all the powers.... but with this show who knows, and that's a good thing!
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I think you're right. This is an all-timer.

I don't want to believe that there's only one left.
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American Horror Story is brilliant. I have enjoyed this season more than almost anything else tv. It's totally depraved.
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Regarding the Seven Wonders, I suspect there may be a monster to vanquish, or some puzzle to solve that will involve imaginative use of the seven powers, not just performing them in isolation like conjuring tricks.
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The only character I will miss on Coven is Marie Laveau. She had some truly funny lines on the show. Myrtle's speech may be esoteric, poetic, and eccentric, but Laveau was the class clown. I had thought Queenie would play treasure hunt, fish out Laveau's parts and reassemble her. I guess not.
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I don't thin Fiona is dead yet, cause wouldn't a new Supreme have risen by now....?
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"And it was filmed in an old-timey silent film style (including cheesy in-camera special effects) that reminded me of those old timey sinister clips in BioShock."

That was the very first thing I thought as soon as the episode started.
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Sweeeeeeeet!! And I'm still rooting for Nan to return with a vengance, putting an end to the cat fighting and rule the coven (and, hopefully, mankind) for ever and ever.

Or they all just kill each other and the show ends with Spalding playing tea time with their dead, mutilated bodies for ever and ever.
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You had me at "multi-Oscar nominee Dylan O'Brien". Hahaha!
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OMG!! WHAT A EPISODE! JUST LOVED IT!!
First a big applause for this fantastic review...i laughed so hard about the recaps when Misty kicked Madisons ass...so funny..
I could write a whole story, but all is already said in the review and ...i just cannot believe that there is only one episode left of this amazing season...
So sad when i think about it. I know one thing. When next week is done..i am going to have a Coven marathon and watched all of them again!!
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Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. Love it!!
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Very much looked forward to this review. Pop! Even greater as usual! Snans. haha I agree that it is sad to see the show coming to an end...but it will equally be hard to say TTFN to your weekly recaps!
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This may be the best episode I've seen. Absolutely crazy. Sadism and every color of lunacy. Lance Reddick + Kathy Bates = Genius
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Sorry, but tough. I very much intend to sue you now. I'm on the phone to my lawyers as I type....
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I don't think Fiona's dead. I think she set up the visions with the necklace. She's probably still in cahoots with Spalding, and it's probably him who shoots Cordelia. Myrtle may temporarily get an influx of power with the other witches killed, what she does with it, is anyones guess.

Also, since the axeman was murdered in the house again, will he be skulking around the hallways?

My guess is that Nan, and the two remaining Hunters will show up in the finale.

And ya, Marie got screwed, she wasn't necessarily a good person, but she deserved better than that.

Most of the recap photos above are awesome but this:


made me laugh like a crazy person. Seriously I'm laughing as I'm typing this. Best stance ever!! Hoo boy, Jessica you are a national treasure.
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My favorite part about Misty Day kicking Madison's ass is that they are two powerful witches but they resorted to - as Myrtle said - fisticuffs. Bloody brilliant if you ask me.

I feel like maybe they're all going to end up dead at this rate. Either that, or maybe - since Fiona murdered the previous Supreme - it means an end to the Supreme and an equalization of the girls' powers. I don't actually think that would happen, but since it's anyone's guess at what will happen, I thought I'd throw that out there.

Kyle and Zoe looked SO happy to be together in Florida that it almost broke my heart. AHS often lacks smiles on the characters faces, and when it happens, it almost always throws me off (The Name Game, anyone?).

I'm super excited for next week's episode! Queenie was definitely MVP of this one!
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Oh my God!! Edge of Seventeen playing over the Misty-Madison fight would have been such sweet icing on an already tasty cake! ugh... it would have been beautiful.
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The new supreme, will be, a longshot, Stevie Nicks! Why bring her back for the last show? Why not her? Or maybe Connie Britton will make a comeback to claim the "supreme" title?
Jessica Lange has been amazing again this season. As great as Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates have been all year, whenever Jessica Lange is on screen, well she is supreme. This has been the best season of the three. No question.
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Jessica Lange is a legend for a reason. She has absolutely perfected her craft!
You can really see that in this episode. This is why she's hollywood royalty.
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As long as they keep the waste of space on the tv screen that is Dylan McDermott far far away from anything having to do with this season. See how much better this show is in a season completely devoid of his presence?
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Season one was awful. Like a whole nother show really.
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Oh, good; it's not just me that feels that way.

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Nothing more to say except Madison blocked Cordelia's visions - exhibiting one of the 7 wonders. The awesome Myrtle pointed that out to idiot Cordelia - that she always had the power - the blindness and costume jewelry had nothing to do with it. Queenie wins the episode. Fun fact the actress that played Delphine's poor, completely abused daughter is one of the witches in the new WGN show 'Salem'. That is how to do a perfect penultimate episode - get rid of some pieces and set the stage for an epic finale. Fiona had to die to make that possible - we get to witness the fight for one of these women to become Supreme. Queenie has seen it all and doesn't put up with any sh!t. She's the only one that can keep Madison in line - or Madison knows what she's getting...... I bet ya Spalding has Fiona's corpse somewhere.
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awesome review. maybe no one will become the new Supreme and the Coven will go extinct? That seems to be a running theme all season (and it'd be a crazy twist).

Check out my own review too if you can, appreciate it greatly! http://mikeydislikesit.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/american-horror-story-coven-go-to-hell-review/
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This review was awesome, first off. As always. Second, your .gifs of the coven stabbing axeman are too hilarious ( me and my friend have this running joke about knife/nice puns).

Queenie really did steal this episode. Did you see her straight geeking out when Madison was getting her ass kicked by Misty? WHICH WAS AMAZING. But damn Queenie's smile on her face was too classic. I also loved her execution of her plan to rid of both LaLaurie and Marie. Well done. I'll miss Lance Reddick on AHS..I hope he becomes a series veteran in future seasons...(God I miss Fringe!). I think Fiona is for reals dead, and since she doesn't have a soul..I'd imagine that's just it for her. ALthough...where's the fun in that? I'm sure we might get a surprise cameo next week from Lange.

I'm actually content with the season finale being all about the next Supreme. We know they all wont survive the 7 Wonders, some might puss out halfway through..and we know there will be a twist or two thrown in. I'm hoping that we get a little 5 minute epilouge at the end of the episode to give us just a bit of closure on what happens after the next Supreme rises. At least some text scrolling across the screen at the end? Something?

Remaining Questions other than Supreme Rising:
-Nan? In hell?
-Marie's Baby still with Spalding? Please don't leave that unanswered. They need to save that thing!
- Voodoo vs Witchcraft War. Completely over? Was Marie the only voodoo practitioner in New Orleans? This one's just leftover squabble.. not too invested in it.
This episode kicked ass. And even though consistency hasn't been this season's strong suit, the story, the actors most definitely, and the wit of the dialogue has made this season my favorite above the others.
Coven-->Asylum--->Murder House (From most awesome to least awesome)

Bring on The finale and Season 4!
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Coven = Asylum > murder house (season 1 wasn't that great imo). I hope Fiona isn't dead
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You know she aint dead. She's the heartbeat of AHS.

Season one was awful compared to season 3.
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I think Season 2 was the weakest. Not by much but I didn't like the alien aspect to it whilst the gimp suit stuff was pretty intense. Season 3 is of course the best by far!!!
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I still havent watched season 2. (that shows just how much I hated season one.)
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I'd actually like to know what happened to her soul? Did she lose it in a game of poker? Did she leave it on top of the car and drive away? Did it get washed down the drain when she was doing laundry?
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I assume she's just peformed so much shitty things in her life (betrayal, murder, generally not giving a damn about anyone at all?)

or maybe that's the price you pay for becoming The Supreme? Or being the Supreme for a long period of time? Or forcing your time to be longer by murdering destroys it? or maybe we'll never know..AHS style
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She certainly didn't seem concerned about it, did she?
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The Misty and Madison brawl was epic!!! Papa Legba is on another dimension of hot chocolate sipping badass!! and Axeman you don't bring an axe to a witch fight haha
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Amazing that so many people criticize this show or don't seem to understand it's flow by now. If you think that the show doesn't do anything with it's story lines or fails to keep a premise going....I don't think you get what the show is going for, because it succeeds brilliantly. I mean, this is by far (imo) the weakest of the 3 seasons so far, and it's still probably the second best show on American TV behind Justified. Personally, I love the way that the different characters keep their motivations in tact throughout the episodes and wind up wrapping up the story in a non-conventional way. No, I didn't see coming the way the departed thus far have died.....but that's the point. AHS doesn't care about our preconceived notions of needing to be MORE powerful to take down a super-powerful witch. If the first two seasons of AHS showed us anything, it's that the deaths and character arcs aren't going to follow a "storybook" line. They're going to be organic, very WTF???, and above all, show us that no matter what supernatural horrors the show has foisted on us for the season, plain ol' human hatred is the most dangerous and scariest thing of all. Frankly, I love that about the show. There's so much to be frightened of in a coven full of scheming witches, but ultimately you have to watch out for a simple murderer with an axe to grind (see what I did there????). Oh btw...since I've seen some discussion about it.....the show did explain the Axe-Man's corporeal state back when he was introduced. I don't know that it made it abundantly clear, but it was addressed that it was a result of Zoe's (?) spell.
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I think Nan & Klyle will have a baby & she/he will be supreme. The director of the show said "no one will guess who'll be the next supreme."
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Nan's dead. I think you mean Zoe.
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I think Nan & Klyle will have a baby & she/he will be supreme. The director of the show said "no one will guess who'll be the next supreme."
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Jesus Christ, Madison is smokin' haute!
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What's with magical powers? do they come and go? Why didn't Fiona do anything to the axeman before she was killed? And also, why didn't Madison fight Misty Day (LOL) back with she was kicking her ass?? Don't get it. Otherwise, great episode. So sorry for Marie Laveau's death, tho.

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Seconded on all accounts. For that matter, why didn't Marrie fight of Delphine? She managed to make two police officers kill each other with just using her tongue but nothing to Delphine?
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My guess is the Benydryl put her to sleep
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Well Madison and Misty Day (LOL) are pretty evenly matched..although I guess she could've teleported out of the way a couple times, but it pretty much came down to Misty being able to kick her ass, no magic needed. Madison just cant throw down, all bark that one.
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I couldn't get enough to Misty Day (LOL) beating the crap out of Madison. it was just amazing to see. then Axeman busting into the middle of it just to have them all stop, turn, hold up the hand and say "Wow did you ever break into the wrong house". so awesome.. I don't want to watch next weeks cause then it'll be over. :(
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I really hope Fiona isn't dead, and that she has some sort of brilliant plan. 'Cause Cordelia's vision of her murder was different than what we saw. And that whole scene of all the girls (as awesome as it was) raises a couple of questions, like why would Fiona shoot Cordelia, and where was Myrtle?
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Maybe Cordelia didn't see everything.... maybe Myrtle did it and Fiona just found them all ;)
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I just want Nan to come back next week and be the Supreme.

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That would be a nice surprise. Maybe it's the baby Marie stole from the hospital.
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Spaulding and the baby, Team Supreme!
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As I said a couple of episodes ago, I'm extremely worried that as with the first two seasons, the ending of Coven is just going to be a disappointment in comparison to what make before it, and unfortunately this episode did nothing to qualm that idea in my mind.

Having Queenie use a clause in Papa Legba's deal with Marie to easily dispatch both Marie and subsequently Delphine felt far too easy. I mean, the Coven wanted Marie dead for over half the season, and no one thought it was an simple as ensuring that Marie couldn't give Papa his babies? Good on Queenie though for getting stuff done, and for finally teaching Delphine a lesson that will stick. As for their personal hells, Delphine's was fitting, but Marie's didn't make sense. She should have had to suffer an eternity of her children being stolen from her or something, not torturing Delphine and her family.

As for the Axeman and Fiona's demise... I said when the Axeman was initially introduced that he seemed forced into the series and felt out of place, and my thoughts on him never changed. The fact that ultimately Fiona's relationship with him meant nothing means we wasted our time spent with him, and although I like the idea that Fiona chose her own fate by betraying someone close to her for the last time, I really wish it would have been at the hands of Cordelia, or Spalding, or Myrtle... or pretty much anyone but the Axeman.

On Cordelia's vision of the future, I'm wondering whether she actually stopped it from happening, or whether her sight is one that only allows her to see what will happen but have no ability whatsoever to stop it. For some reason I got the idea in my head that Fiona didn't properly dispose of all the witch hunters and that it was them responsible for the deaths in the vision.Who knows if Fiona, Marie, and Delphine (or all of them) will be back or not next week, but I guess I'll have to reserve my judgement until then considering this show seems to do whatever the hell it wants.
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Queenie was uniquely suited to come up with that solution. The big reveal that Marie has a deal with Papa Legba just happened a few episodes ago and only for Fiona. Queenie worked closely with Marie, was smart enough to pull out a book on Legba and powerful enough to contact him. He even was impressed that she could on her own so he was willing to talk to her. Also, Queenie didn't necessarily want to kill Marie. She was the only one who cared enough to look for her. She just wanted to stop Delphine. Marie was collateral damage. She even gave Delphine another chance to redeem herself before deciding that it wasn't going to happen. Their fates were linked because of Marie's own spell so Marie went down too.

Marie's hell made perfect sense. The worst time in her life was when she decided to torture Delphine after what she did to her husband by casting that eternal life spell on her. She didn't know that hundreds of years later that evening (and spell) would be her own undoing. She gave Legba his souls for years and helped the community but all that vengeful stuff she did to the coven after Delphine came back due to Fiona, all traces back to that night. She became the thing that she hated the most at the end of her life, Delphine.

The only "benefit" she gets is that she's the one doing the torturing (as Legba requests) which probably sucks for her since she "thought" she was a good person. However, as Legba pointed out, that's not accurate. Even if you forget the kids she gave to him she just killed Nan and two cops an episode or two ago
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Excellent points all around. I was thinking of the physical aspects of her not being in pain but tormenting Delphene, whom she despised and had already been torturing. Didn't seem like much of a punishment to me.
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But she's tormenting Delphine through her kids who are "innocent" as Marie said herself
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Here's my theory; those aren't actually Delphine's kids, just as Hell is not really a chicken shack.

:)

I think they are just constructs of her mind presentations of her children that seem very real to her.

Pops L. stated it right out that Hell is unique to each person; an eternity of being trapped in their worst nightmares.

And from what I can tell, the only people Delphine ever even came close to caring about was her daughters.

So of course that's her personal Hell; but I think that even if her daughters were evil too, (which isn't ever made clear) they'd each have a different version of eternal punishment.

But again, it's just a theory.

^_^
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In terms of your statement about Marie's hell not seeming fit, I offer a different perspective. Papa Legba didn't exactly say that Marie deserved an eternity of torturing Delphine. He said, "You'll do as you're tasked." Remember that Queenie was told that her personal hell was the fast-food place because "it was the worst time in her life." Perhaps Marie's personal hell is the same. Her most horrible moments in life were doing whatever Legba asked.

Also, I agree that Fiona should've been killed by one of the other witches. Unfortunately, they're all cowards. They're more worried about being the next Supreme instead of being ALIVE. After realizing that Fiona slashed Madison's neck, drowned Nan, and had Myrtle burned alive, it should've become IMPERATIVE for Fiona to die. PERIOD. Eff the Seven Wonders test. The next Supreme should be the witch that kills Fiona-- the biggest threat to the coven by far. But no. I'm forced to watch these teen idiots worry about being the Supreme like Gollum worries about "my P r e c i o u s."

And speaking of wasted characters, what was the point of Kyle? Most of the season he was learning to form sentences on Leap Frog and look at him now. Just pointless. My wish for Supreme - LUKE!!
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'Her most horrible moments in life were doing whatever Legba asked.', fair point, but I would put the loss of my own child over that, although technically she did do this while under Legba's orders, so I guess continuing to do so in hell is a fitting punishment.
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They didn't know she was immortal or how to attain immortality
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Not for a while, no, only once Legba, but still, to me it felt like a solution that could have easily been discovered earlier, had, y'know, any of the witches been consistently proactive in defending the coven and not so self-centred.
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I can't even begin to state how much I agree with every single word you said. Everything about this season feels so... pointless.

What was the point of the neighbours? They just came and died to develop Nan who died a moment later?

Marrie and Fiona are enemies, then they are friends, then Marrie just dies?
Say what?!?

Characters just appear and disappear on a whim and nobody seems to care.

I'm thinking since we didn't actually see Fiona in the vision turning into swamp dumpage that Cordy lied about this. My guess is Fiona is still alive and kicking.
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Queenie's victory over Marie (and Delphine) by identifying her breach of contract may have seemed simple but i thought it was rather intelligent. As you say, the Coven wanted her dead but they got too bogged down by magic and witchcraft to see a logical and earthly path to their goal. After all, a contract is a contract. A breach is a breach.
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No, it was insanely stupid. No breach occured. He canceled the contract because Marrie might not be able to perform in the future?

Delphine was hacked to pieces then put back together. How does he know that someone won't save Marrie later on and she'll be back together in time to steal another baby?

That was flat out stupid of them to end it all that way.
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I agree. It's like assuming someone won't pay their rent when the first of the month hasn't come yet. You have to actually allow the breach to occur.
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Oh jeez.....lol..........I love the insanely stupid bit! If you really want to get technical then a premise known as Frustration of contract may well give credence to the argument. However, I'm in the UK so the law here is different to US law and if not Frustration then there is another premise which I don't recall off the top of my head, that fits. Please don't make me look it up.
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If I know american horror story, especially season three, then no, Fiona's not dead. I don't know what's going to happen but I would bet money Fiona somehow survived, or brought herself back to life, either way, AHS refuses to kill it's character for good so I can't see her dying in the penultimate episode.
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I hope you're right!
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Okay, I laughed at Emma Roberts' caption being "Scream 4 is underrated" after the other three were "knife" puns.
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Season 1 was great BUT Season 3 is frigging awesome. I hope they tell us more in the DVD about the casts and behind the scene. I never knew Queenie was such a good actress. The writing ( who thinks up these crazy plots?)and cast are just perfect. Jessica Lange was a great fav of mine . I remeber watching her in King Kong as a child, and her quirky roles over the years, someone please give her an award pronto!. Kudos and may the best witch win next week.
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Are you kidding? Queenie aka Gabourey Sidibe got an Oscar nomination for her 2009 acting debut in the film Precious and was a regular in the The Big C.
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I LOVED her in The Big C!! As soon as I found out she was in this season, I was incredibly excited for her character.
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I loved the return of blind Cordelia, and when at first she wasn't seeing anything I'm ashamed to say that I thought it would have been the most hilarious and ironic thing ever had she mutilated herself only to not have her powers return (but they did, so I didn't have to feel bad for too long).
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Umm... you should feel bad. The whole point was that she took her eyes out for nothing...

She simply needed some self esteem to gain her powers back. Mutiliating hserself was indeed for nothing.
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