American Horror Story "Burn, Witch. Burn!"

American Horror Story: Coven “Burn, Witch. Burn!” Review

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

American Horror Story: Coven bounced back this week with another solidly crafted episode. Starting off with a flashback of Madam LaLaurie and her daughters, we get the stage set for an oncoming zombie attack. During the last episode, I was a little skeptical about this show going for too much of a Walking Dead vibe this week. Fortunately, the zombies were only in about half the episode. They attack the school throughout the first half of the episode as dead relatives seek vengeance.

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For the most part, the zombie attack works well. Zoe actually steps up this week and becomes something of a badass. Especially towards the end of the episode when she pulls an Evil Dead out of nowhere and wreaks havoc. Zoe hasn’t come up a whole lot since the first two episodes, but now that Madison has bit the dust, I think we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of Zoe. Though, I have never seen a zombie go down from a stab through the chest. Don’t know what the writers were thinking there.

Picking up from last episode, Delia got acid thrown on her face. This of course throws Fiona into a bitter rage, as she wanders the hospital in a drug induced daze. We again get to see the extent of Fiona’s incredible powers when she enters the room of a mother and her stillborn child. This entire scene was like watching AHS last season in the demented asylum. Hank (Cordelia’s Husband), also resurfaced during this tragic attack. Fiona can tell that Hank is not all he appears to be, and from what happened at the end of the episode, Cordelia may know now too.

The theme of mother-daughter relationships has been a recurring one all season. From Madame LaLaurie and her conniving daughters, to Delia and Fiona’s strange relationship, all the way to the strange motherly bond of Misty Day, who also popped back up right at the end of the episode. This theme has made for an interesting motif throughout the season and will surely just develop more so as the season carries on.

As the title might suggest, we finally get a full blown witch burning scene in this episode. Some pretty awesome, backstabbing, lies and set-ups leads to a witch on the cross and another mystery to the ever growing pile. I don’t want to spoil what happens, but it involves Fiona and the council of witches going head-to-head so to speak. Fiona may be a very dark, often evil person, but she has become increasingly likable over the season, and this episode was yet another showcase for Jessica Lange.

What I enjoyed most about this episode was the fact that things seemed to focus back up a little bit. The randomness factor was kept to an absolute minimum, and the level of suspense I now possess has been amped to the maximum level. The biggest mystery on my mind is who the next supreme might be. Zoe is the obvious choice, but AHS has never been one to go with the obvious selection. Still we are only five episodes in, so we still have quite a ways to go. This episode of American Horror Story: Coven may be my season highlight thus far.

 

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