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American Horror Story: Coven Episode recap

Ryan Murphy never shied away when it came to the horror fact on his show American Horror Story, and this season it appears that Murphy is taking his story telling to another level. When it comes to horror, fans can often take solace in knowing that it isn’t real. In this case, LaLaurie was a real person who committed some of the most gruesome murders known in US history.

The premiere was titled “Bitchcraft”. The first five minutes is a flash back to 1835, where Kathy Bates is all like

American Horror Story Coven Kathy Bates
American Horror Story Coven Kathy Bates
American Horror Story Coven Kathy Bates
American Horror Story Coven Kathy Bates

She introduces her daughters, whose names are in French and not important. The youngest is named Pauline. Pauline is a whore. Lalaurie keeps several slaves in her attic where she tortures them. A gruesome scene where a man is shown with his month sown shut with presumably feces in his mouth. Another slave has her skin peeled back. The takes another slave and places the head of a bull on him.

American Horror Story Coven
American Horror Story Coven
American Horror Story Coven Kathy Bates
American Horror Story Coven

Fast Forward to present time and it’s basically Hogwarts gone wild (am I right?).

We are introduced to Zoe who has decided to lose her virginity to her boyfriend. While getting it on, his head literally implodes and the poor boy dies.

American Horror Story Coven
American Horror Story Coven

Zoe’s mother tells her that she is a witch, and they are a long line of witches, which apparently skipped a generation. Not wanting to deal with their witch daughter, her parents send her away to a school for girls like her. She is taken forcibly to the Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. Frances Conroy is the schools witch herder and comes to take Zoe to New Orleans.

When she arrives, she is pranked by her fellow classmate.

American Horror Story Coven
American Horror Story Coven

Madison Montgomery, a starlet who has the ability of telekinesis. Queenie has the gift of a human voo doo doll, and Nan, a smart girl with a gift of clairvoyance. The headmistress, Cordelia Foxx explains that witches are a dying breed, either because witches refuse to procreate or they are being killed by religious radicals. Foxx also explains that a witch can only have one or two powers, but every generation there is a supreme witch who has the capability to have all powers.

Fiona is an aging supreme witch with a fascination with vitality and beauty. Her former husband was the CEO of a pharmaceutical corporation who were developing a youth serum. After demanding the serum and not working, she argues with the scientist. After the scientist explains that we are meant to rot, she sucks the youth from a doctor who ages rapidly, though this does not have any effect on the appearance of Fiona. She appears at the Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies when she sees that a witch was murdered.

American Horror Story Coven
American Horror Story Coven

Zoe and Madison attend a frat party, led by the Kappa Lamba Gamma Fraternity. One of the frat boys, Kyle Spencer, takes a liking to Zoe. While Kyle and Zoe are having their flirtatious moments near the ice sculpture (la la Romeo + Juliet)

American Horror Story Coven
American Horror Story Coven

Madison is drugged and gang raped by one of the frat boys. Kyle tries to stop the rape and ends up being knocked unconscious on the bus. Madison appears and flips the bus, killing 7 and injuring 2 of the frat boys.

The following day Fiona takes the girls on a field trip, where they are taken to the LaLaurie mansion. During the tour of the mansion, it was revealed that LaLaurie was poisoned by Marie Laveau for enslaving her lover. Nan is drawn outside to the garden where she tells Fiona that LaLaurie is buried.

American Horror Story Coven
American Horror Story Coven

Zoe enters the hospital hoping to see Kyle among the survivors, but discovers that one of the survivors is the frat boy who started the rape she uses her powers (killer vagina?) to extract revenge, cementing her Black Widow status.

American Horror Story Coven
American Horror Story Coven

Fiona digs up the grave of LaLaurie and is shocked to discover that she is very much alive and in need of a drink.

American Horror Story Coven
American Horror Story Coven

The premiere episode sets the tone for what promises to be a great season. Previews for the upcoming episodes show a battle brewing between Lalaurie/Fiona and Marie Laveau and the undead.

Questions-

Why doesn’t Delia want to be a supreme?

Who are the members of the counsel that Delia and Fiona were discussing?

Who did Queenie and Nan arrive at the school?

Since Queenie is a human voodoo doll, is she related to Marie Laveau?

Bonus

American Horror Story: Coven
American Horror Story: Coven
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