Can’t Stop Watching: ‘American Horror Story: Coven’s’ Top 7 Moments

Gabourey Sidibe as Queenie in "American Horror Story: Coven." (Photo: FX)


We’re just about at the finish line! “American Horror Story: Coven’s” final episode airs next week and by then a new supreme should be named. The ladies will have to perform the Seven Wonders, “seven acts of magic so advanced, each pushes the boundary of craft into art,” in order to determine the next high witch. It seems that the fate of some of the older ladies of the house–Fiona Goode, Marie Laveau and Delphine LaLaurie–has been decided (it’s nothing pretty) and it’s up to the young’uns led by Myrtle Snow and Cordelia Foxx to help return Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies to its former glory. I’ve watched this show from the start, my interest piqued after binging on previous seasons and by an interest in Angela Bassett’s portrayal of New Orleans Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. The season has been very interesting, to say the least. And I’ve questioned from the start the abilities of these witches because for all the power they possess they seem very weak to the obvious. They’re more typical humans than sorceresses. But things may soon change for the remaining ladies. Below, are the top stand-out moments from last night’s penultimate episode. Check it out. New to “AHS: Coven?” Catch up here.

I like the way Queenie handles Papa Legba. She doesn’t worship him as a god, she comes to him as an equal, recognizing his power as he recognizes hers. Queenie went to Papa Legba to help save Marie–who entered a pact with him 300-plus years ago that resulted in her being immortal and bound to making human sacrifices–and came up with a plan that would free the Voodoo Queen (kind of) and deal with Delphine. “You are one crafty witch,” Papa Legba tells Queenie, to which they toast. I think this is one of the mistakes Marie made when dealing with this particular deity. She didn’t come to him like Queenie did and for that she became his slave. As a (wo-)man thinketh …

Delphine giving her story a makeover. This scene tickled me the most. Delphine poses as a tour guide at her old mansion that has been converted to a museum where she retells her history. The act is so flagrant that I couldn’t help but chuckle… loudly.  “The elegant and universally admired Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie was not only a brilliant hostess for high society soirees but she was also renowned for her remarkable equestrian abilities and her tireless charitable works,” says Delphine, looking like the beneficiary of a Tim Gunn makeover. Say what? Yeah, the tourists weren’t buying it either. When one recounted the true story, she called it “a misprint” and that the “wild tales of barbarian are lies.” I’m all for moving beyond your mistakes, but Delphine not only continues to hold on to the past, she also hasn’t evolved in any way. And for that, her future in hell has been determined.

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Fiona reminding her daughter Cordelia of her power. Fiona’s a lot of things but a good, nurturing mother isn’t one of them. She did, occasionally, have moments where her love for Cordelia was apparent. In order to save the coven, Cordelia blinded herself to regain the second-sight she had when she was previously blinded. “Did you really think self-mutilation would restore your power? You cannot lose your power. You never will; it’s inside of you. And it is not something I gave to you. As much as I like to, I can’t take credit for that. It’s all you,” Fiona says to Cordelia. Oh, now you tell her? Had you instilled this in her from jump, she could’ve avoided a lot suffering. Anyway, Fiona’s telling Cordelia something I noted last week: if you experienced something before you can do it again–without self-mutilation.

Queenie and Cordelia rescuing Misty Day. Once Cordelia locates the crypt where Misty is buried, she and Queenie go to rescue her. Queenie has doubts about their effort and insists on getting help to which Cordelia tells her, “Stop being so literal and remember who you are. When the rest of the world sees a wall, we see a window,” Cordelia says. A more confident Queenie raises her hand to destroy brick wall. “That’s it. Keeping going,” Cordelia coaches. Queenie performs a form of resurgence, vitalum vitalis, to revive Misty, an act Fiona once performed on her. I love what Cordelia tells Queenie because it leads her to allow her power to surface. Cordelia’s encouraging the young witch like her mother should’ve done for her years earlier. It’s so “ABC Afterschool Special.”

Myrtle’s cultural references. If there’s one thing Myrtle is good for, it’s the way she injects random cultural references into the conversation. My favorite from last night? When, upon seeing Zoe Benson and Kyle Spencer return after she sent them away, she exclaims, “You were supposed to spend your days in romantic splendor with your true love. You’re just like Halston when he sold his brand to JC Penney. You’ve forsaken your destiny.” Hilarious! With her flaming red hair that she orders in bulk from overseas, eclectic fashion sense and this cultural knowledge, she should consider writing a fashion blog: Myrtle’s Musings. Girlfriend is funny.

Marie Laveau sentenced to hell with Delphine. I believe Delphine’s guilt–“I’m consumed with regret”–is what led her to hell, a state that also includes her daughters–“There’s no greater pain than being this close and not being able to reach you and to comfort you.”  After Queenie killed Delphine, she was sent to a hell where she and her three daughters are recipients of the same gross, tortuous behavior she dished out. Initially, I thought it was her own personal hell where they suffered at the hands of Delphine’s victims, including a variation of Marie Laveau. Then Marie, ready to shove a hot fire poker down Delphine’s daughter’s throat, becomes conscious  and realizes she didn’t want to continue. “How did I get here. No, no, no, no–I don’t want to do that! That girl ain’t never done anything to me. I don’t want to do that,” a shaken Marie says. Then we here Papa Legba say, “You will do as you are tasked.  It is your soul’s purpose because I own it.” Damn, Marie. Seems that Marie, consumed with the past and unable to truly realize her own power, will be Papa Legba’s flunky for life. As my grandfather often said, “Let that be a lesson to you.”

Deuces, Fiona! What’s a witch without her true sense of power? Nothing. And that’s kind of what we’ve gotten from our dearly departed Supreme Witch. All I have to say about this one–who was murdered by her lover, the Axeman–is that she should’ve taken the advice she gave Cordelia above. For all the “power” she possessed, she failed to use it appropriately. As I’ve stated in previous posts, had Fiona really been on her square, she would’ve realized that Cordelia figured out her plot when she touched the heirloom necklace and would’ve foreseen the Axeman’s murderous rampage. Maybe her powers were weakened as the next supreme grew stronger or maybe her ego clouded her judgment. Either way, it seems she’s really gone, though something tells me she may make an appearance in the finale, even if it’s just her ghost.

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