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American Horror Story: Coven “Bitchcraft” Details and Character Portraits

“American Horror Story: Coven” is a couple weeks out and we are just starting to learn more about the characters from the FX series that is pushing into its chilling third season. Over the last couple of weeks, we have had an abundance of promotions for the series and now, we introduce the characters of “Coven.” Some of these actors will be familiar from previous seasons, while others are new to the show.

October 9th is our big premiere date of Ryan Murphy’s horror hit and this season, we timewarp to 1830’s New Orleans, voodoo and witchcraft. There are a few details that have surfaced for the first few episodes along with some newcomers; Danny Huston, Christine Ebersole, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Leslie Jordan, Gabourey Sidibe and the returning veterans Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Lily Rabe, Denis O’Hare, Alexandra Breckinridge, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.

Also, FX has released the following plot synopsis for the series premiere episode titled “Bitchraft,” which debuts on October 9.

“1834. New Orleans. The evil and perverse Madame LaLaurie, who bathes in the blood of others in an attempt to stay young, punishes a servant for having been seduced by her daughter Pauline by transforming him into a beast… not by magic, but by far more gruesome means.

Today. Orlando, Florida. Teenaged Zoe Benson, upon losing her virginity, learns in a terribly horrific way that she’s a witch. It runs in her family, who descended from the witches at Salem, but only manifests in some of her family, not all of it. None of the real witches at Salem were burned; they escaped suspicion and fled to New Orleans. Zoe is forcibly sent to a witches’ boarding school there, Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, never to see her mother again. There, after a terrifying ordeal, she meets her new classmates: spoiled brat teenage movie star Madison Montgomery, who can move objects with her mind; the feisty Queenie, a human voodoo doll, who can inflict her wounds on the person who gave them to her; and Nan, who has Down’s Syndrome… and is clairvoyant. Zoe also meets the Head Mistress, Cordelia Foxx, and mute, sullen butler Spalding. In its heyday, the school had over sixty students, but today witches are a dying breed. Zoe learns that most witches learn a few spells, but in each generation there is a “Supreme,” who embodies countless magical “gifts” – perhaps all of them. But Cordelia also warns Zoe that their kind are still under threat of being persecuted and burned alive… like young Misty Day, who terrified the folks at her church when she discovered she could raise the dead.

We next meet Fiona, a wealthy witch obsessed with eternal youth, and frustrated that her attempts to obtain it – both scientific and magical – continually end in failure. She is Cordelia’s mother, and they have a fraught history. While Cordelia wants to teach the girls to live peacefully, Fiona – who is the Supreme – wants to teach them to make the world fear them. Meanwhile, Madison takes Zoe to a frat party, where Zoe meets the sweet, grounded Kyle, but the other frat boys are not so kind – and will regret the horror they visit upon Madison. Later, Fiona takes the girls to visit the home of the legendary Madame LaLaurie, who, we learn, was killed by the Voodoo Queen as revenge for her murder of her lover… and Nan sees ominous portents of the future.”

Meet the cast of “American Horror Story: Coven” in the gallery below:

Photos courtesy of FX.

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