American Horror Story: Coven – Recap: You Walked Into the Wrong House
With one episode left to go before the finale, American Horror Story: Coven axed four major characters in tonight’s bloodbath! Well, only two of them actually got axed. They might have had it easy!
Episode 12 of Season 3 of American Horror Story: Coven, “Go to Hell” aired tonight, and in some sick and twisted way, the coven finally got to a place of sisterhood. Of course, sisterhood among this crew equals hair pulling, uppercuts, strangling, one massive bitch slap, and a group murder. While Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) searched for Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett), Fiona oscillated between making peace with death and clawing her way back to the world of the living. As Misty Day (Lily Rabe) began to rot inside her tomb, Delphine (Kathy Bates) attempted to enjoy her contemporary life free from Marie. Would Delia’s (Sarah Paulson) epic sacrifice be entirely in vain? Here is the Recap and Review of Season 3 Episode 12 of American Horror Story: Coven, “Go to Hell”!
Episode 12 opened with Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) reviewing the Seven Wonders with Queenie in the kitchen. As we watched the gifts performed in what I would best describe as a throwback black-and-white PSA of sorts, we were reintroduced to the talents the new Supreme must possess; Telekinesis, Pyrokinesis, Divination, Concilum, Vitalum Vitalis, Decension, and Transmutation. For all of us boring muggles; mentally moving things, fire starting, spiritual vision, mind control, resurrection, venturing to Hell and back, and teleportation. Fiona, figuring herself to have about two weeks left, had seriously had enough of these whiny brats sucking up the same air as her. Queenie learned that the hard way after demanding that Fiona respect the divinity that is Papa Legba (Lance Reddick), ruler of Hell. It was also interesting to watch Fiona sit for a portrait this week. As per tradition, the Supreme usually does so on her way out in order to grace the walls of Miss Robichaux’s Academy with her presence for years to come. Fiona, catching her reflection in the glass base of a lamp, couldn’t bear the thought of her aging face forever captured in art. What’s great about Fiona is that she always seems unflappable and all-powerful, but she has moments where her vanity fries her brain. It’s almost like you can feel the reeling inside of her, and we always know some blood will be shed whenever that happens.
Queenie was dead set on rescuing Marie Laveau from wherever she was being held hostage. A bit of snooping and a little magical intuition clued Queenie in to the fact that Delphine had performed the same butchery on Laveau that was previously done to her. In fact, she was downright inspired by her rival! Practicing the power of Decension, Queenie seemed to astral project for a moment before eventually plummeting into her own washed out Hell. Legba was surprised to find a young soul so eager to journey down to his home. In Queenie’s case, she’d be forever trapped working the register at the fried chicken shack she’d been so desperate to leave for this coven. Interestingly enough, Queenie managed to power her way back to reality before it was too late, impressing Papa Legba in the process. In her bedroom, the two shared what actually seemed like a nice, quiet conversation regarding the fate of both Marie and Delphine. Delphine and Marie are forever linked because of their immortality, yet Marie belongs to Papa Legba and thus could not be compromised. Of course, Marie was no good to Legba scattered across New Orleans in several hacked up pieces. How could she ever deliver another fresh baby soul in that condition? Legba, admiring Queenie’s determination and cleverness, struck a deal.
Delphine, meanwhile, finally got with the times! Episode 12 showcased a modern Madame LaLaurie working as the twisted tour guide of her own home. Along with Queenie, we became aware of the fact that she’d murdered the prior tour guide with the intention of clearing her “good” name and rebuilding her family’s reputation. What was so funny was that even amidst the horror, Delphine and Queenie still had great chemistry. It was bizarre in that Delphine’s sentiments were still adamantly racist and she still remained the monster that she is. Still, I’m not sure I buy that Delphine sobbed her eyes out during Queenie’s soul song a few episodes back because she was simply upset that the world has come to a place where heinous people are held accountable for their actions. Queenie, on her part, seemed to grow increasingly frustrated with her former “friend,” eventually landing a knife square in her chest. Delphine LaLaurie was made mortal just as she’d come to decide that she wanted to give life a go, thanks to Papa Legba. She died in her own Chamber of Horrors at the hands of Queenie.
As Delia carefully stumbled her way into Madison’s (Emma Roberts) room, you could feel the starlet’s stomach sink. Not only did Cordelia’s self-mutilation look quite grotesque during Episode 12, but she was under the impression that, like the prior time, Madison could be the key to unlocking her gift of sight. Madison, refusing to allow Delia to touch her for fear of revealing the truth about her attempt at murdering Misty Day, unlocked the power of transmutation. At first, she toyed with Delia by zipping and zapping around the bedroom, avoiding the blind woman’s touch; however, Delia’s insistence eventually gave rise to the more confident Madison, who bravely stood before her mentor ready for the worst. What was great to consider here is that Madison most likely figured Delia would see the truth. She didn’t. Cordelia saw nothing at all, yet Madison was prepped for it. What could have went down here?
Funny enough, Delia’s gift of sight was not gone at all. It simply had not been triggered by the correct encounter. Fiona, realizing that her days were dwindling down, decided to bid her daughter farewell by passing down her own mother’s necklace, the family heirloom. The moment seemed entirely selfless on Fiona’s part, but by the time she was latching the beautiful piece of jewelry around Delia’s neck, the sight had been summoned. Cordelia read the future, this time, rather than the past. A vision revealed each of her girls murdered in cold blood, herself capping off the bloodbath. At the end of the line, Fiona Goode snatched the necklace back from her daughter’s throat. Delia, keeping the information to herself, now knew what she had to do.
Delia paid the Axeman (Danny Huston) an impromptu visit with information regarding the part of the vision that we were not previously privy to. Fiona wasn’t only planning on destroying the coven. In fact, she was planning on ditching the Axeman and skipping town. At first, Fiona’s lover refused to believe the truth; however, Delia is simply an honest spirit. Her unwavering tone eventually seemed to hit home. Would the Axeman come to betray his Fiona? Or would the girls of the coven suffer the couple’s wrath?
Cordelia was on a roll, it seemed, and some more digging around Misty’s belongings began to piece together the location of her dying young protégé. Dragging Queenie along for the ride, Delia eventually walked her through the ability to “make a door a window.” Meaning, Queenie discovered her own innate power of telekinesis here, destroying the bricks that kept Misty locked away in a tomb in the cemetery. Sadly, she’d already passed away inside the casket in which Madison had trapped her. Luckily, Delia wasn’t the only witch gaining momentum, and Queenie managed to revive Misty in no time.
Back at Miss Robichaux’s Academy, Madison and Myrtle (Frances Conroy) had a conversation through the petals of some nightshade. It seems Myrtle has grown increasingly wise and, also, seemingly more tolerant after being burned at the stake. It was as though she knew that Madison was to blame for Misty’s current predicament, yet this new Myrtle seems to have taken a page from Fiona’s book. She has a loopy personality, needless to say, but she’s a rock within the coven. In the end, these girls have to be a family whether they like it or not. At this point, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) and Kyle (Evan Peters) arrived home from their trip to Florida, and… Wait, I’m sorry. We didn’t get one snippet or snapshot of Zoe and Kyle at Epcot? Not even a picture with Peter Pan or in front of Spaceship Earth? Okay, back to the recap. Having spent about a day or two in Florida, it seemed their luck had run out. Kyle killed an aggressive bum in blind rage, leading Zoe to tap into her magic to bring the innocent man back to life. Thus, she had the revelation that she was meant to be a part of the coven, whether Myrtle liked it or not.
Listen, I love Madison Montgomery, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I will say, though, that Misty Day’s epic return to the coven in which she simply kicked the crap out of Madison Montgomery sans magical help was fantastic. The whole ordeal started with a massive slap. Also, I think I enjoyed it because I felt like it served as punishment for Madison, who is polarizing but has had her own trials and tribulations to deal with. The show basically opened with a gang rape, if you recall. Let’s allow these young girls to band together in the end. It’s never going to happen on American Horror Story. I know that, but I can dream.
You walked into the wrong house.
Poor Axeman. I never thought I’d be saying that when we were first introduced to him! He entered the school mid-catfight. Without skipping a beat, Madison, Misty, and the rest of the girls jolted Fiona’s lover onto the staircase for interrogation with no effort at all. Stangely, he was already covered in blood. Some more psychic digging on Delia’s part revealed the donor.
The Axeman had chosen to take Cordelia’s word. Once Fiona arrived back at his apartment later that day, her travel itinerary folded and casually tossed in her purse sealed her fate. I will say, I thought this was a quick change of heart on Fiona’s part. We are used to that, but I really thought she was in love with this man. I thought they were the perfect match! I guess that’s just the nature of Fiona Goode. She began her arc on American Horror Story: Coven sucking the life out of an innocent man, and she ended it sucking the love out of another. I’m not sure what Fiona expected here, but it ended with her brutal murder. The Axeman, for what its worth, didn’t get off easy. I loved that Kyle, the guard dog, was ready to attack, but the girls, led by Madison, wouldn’t let a man handle their business. I wonder how it felt for the Axeman to watch Madison Montgomery wield his axe? Miss Robichaux’s Academy, once again, put an end to the Axeman.
To close the Recap of Episode 12 of American Horror Story: Coven, we learned of the fate of Delphine LaLaurie. Trapped within the confines of one of her own torture cages, Delphine saw no company but the servants she’d mutilated in life and her own daughters trapped around her but just out of reach. This was no longer her Chamber of Horrors. Marie Laveau revealed herself, eager to torture Delphine’s children as she pleased. First, she force-fed Borquita Delphine’s blood, straight from the throat. Next, she raised a hot poker with the intention of jamming it down the girl’s throat or worse, but… another twist was added to the mix. Marie snapped out of her daze and realized where she was. This was no illusion of Marie Laveau. Her soul was present in this attic torture chamber as well. Papa Legba revealed himself from the shadown, claiming ownership of the home. It is, after all, in Hell, and everyone pays for their sins. Marie’s immortality came at the price of hundreds of innocent souls. Delphine, well… You know the deal. Marie is forced spend her eternity torturing the innocent children of Delphine LaLaurie before their mother’s eyes. As far as these characters are concerned, I think they belong together. I will say, though, that it wasn’t very fair of American Horror Story: Coven to cast Kathy Bates as Delphine if they weren’t planning on getting our hopes up for some kind of redemption. I guess AHS simply couldn’t make real sense out of glorifying such a terrible historical figure from American history. Apparently, that was all chalked up to Kathy Bates’ talent. Marie’s fate is also a sad one to behold.
At Miss Robichaux’s Academy, the entire coven gathered around Fiona’s portrait to say their goodbyes. She was a terrible Supreme, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t one hell of a powerful woman. They can’t say they didn’t learn anything from her. Still, there is the case of finding their next leader. The finale brings the tournament to perform the Seven Wonders in hopes of becoming the next Supreme!
Be sure to check out this post if you’re interested: American Horror Story: Coven – Who Will Be the Next Supreme? – Theories and Poll
What did you think of American Horror Story: Coven Season 3 Episode 12, “Go to Hell”? Who will be the next Supreme? Is Fiona Goode gone for good? Did you sympathize with the Axeman? Do Delphine and Marie, as characters on this show, deserve this fate?
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