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'The Axeman Cometh' And Drama Followed Last Night On American Horror Story: Coven

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11/15/2013 8:11 pm
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'The Axeman Cometh' And Drama Followed Last Night On American Horror Story: Coven
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Well Zoe certainly came into her own this week! We got some awesome developments, gruesome answers and were once again plied with questions... What’s resurrected “Auntie Myrtle” gonna be like? Will Zoe live long enough to be the next Supreme? Who is Misty’s tribe? And will we ever see a face to face voodoo/witchcraft duel? (Yes, please.) We open with a typewriter and what we discover to be "The Axeman" bragging to himself about never having been caught. It's 1919 in New Orleans and we're getting a much jazzier view of the city. We see Mr Axeman kill a couple of people in a house (some soft jazz plays in the background) and then we see what the 1919 coven looked like. They don some pretty hideous uniforms (though each is slightly personalised so that's a nice touch, costume department). They are also suffragettes and when they receive a letter from the Axeman telling them if they don't play jazz at a certain time he'll kill them all, they decide to do what any radical feminist would do - kill him.
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"Intelligence with grace. Strength with an iron will. No man can make us cower in our own home." You go, girls! The Axeman (also known as Joe) is at a jazz club, where a woman asks if he could walk her home as she's afraid of "The Axeman". "Oh he's not gonna lay a finger on you," he offers her instead. "Rumour has it he's got a thing for jazz, and you've got rhythm in your soul, baby." Creep factor alert. As he walks past the school that night, he hears classical music blast and crossly enters with his phallic weapon in tow. One of the young ladies is sat on the floor inside, calmly reading tarot cards. The death card comes up, and just as the axeman is about to kill her, she informs him the reading was his and all her coven pals swoop in to take turns stabbing him to death.
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AHS is loving the Freudian metaphors this season. After the intro credits, we find Zoe rooting through Madison's old things, presumably trying to find a clue as to where she's gone. Thank goodness for Zoe, I mean nobody else has even tried. She comes across a hidden cubby in Madison's closet that contain loads of old pictures. She sees a class photo of the 1919 coven (along with other classes) and realises that the number of Salem witches has been reducing each year. She also finds a Ouija Board, which she grabs and opens in front of Nan and Queenie. Zoe: "Witches are dying! In Salem there were hundreds of us, now there's three - used to be four until Madison went missing or dead. And no-one in charge has done shit." Queenie: "Then go to Fiona." Zoe: "Last time I checked, she was setting witches on fire." Zoe then tells them they need to stick together and watch each other's backs if they're going to survive. They toast and down a shot of absinthe to seal the pact. Who knew absinthe was the "drink of the divine"... Queenie's unsure but ultimately agrees to join forces. Though we still don't trust that bitch after she fell in with Fiona last week...
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Zoe wants to use the "spirit board" to try and find Madison. Queenie's scared because she saw her mother use one to release a bad spirit and it burned their house down. Zoe ain't scared though! She tells Queenie to, "Witch up!" Which I am totally gonna use instead of the  traditional "man up"! Rock on weird AHS quasi-feminism.
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They set up the board and start talking to a spirit. It turns out to be The Axeman. They ask him who killed him and he replies with, "You did." Queenie blows out the candles before Zoe can continue the conversation, afraid someone will release his spirit. Meanwhile, Fiona is undergoing chemo for her cancer in a much friendlier looking hospital than the one Delia was shoved in. She doesn't look happy about it. She's also hearing people's sad thoughts which annoys her - this is apparently a new power she's surprised to have suddenly gained. Fiona reasons that the medication is probably messing with her powers but we all know there's most likely another explanation...
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She stands up suddenly and tries to leave but a young doctor ushers her back to her seat. She doesn't like to be coddled and she doesn't like to be weak so this is an interesting new development. "I'm doing this for my daughter, not for me," she insists. Fiona: "I'm just not ready to go quite yet. I want one more great love affair in my life." Bless her, she even offers some kind words to a lady fretting about whether she'll be able to go to her daughter's wedding.
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Back at school, the girls research "The Axeman" online and work out that the 1919 coven killed him and that's what he meant when he said "you did". Nan and Queenie are freaked out and don't want to talk to him again through the spirit board but Zoe's a woman on a mission and doesn't want to give up just yet. She pulls it out on her own that night and tricks the Axeman into telling her where Madison is by assuring him she'll release him after he does. The board spells out, A-T-T-I-C and Zoe heads upstairs to check it out.
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She finds the creepy doll room with all the creepy tea sets and clothes belonging to Spalding. It smells pretty putrid by the look on Zoe's face. She opens the large chest of drawers and finds a rather dolled up, dead Madison inside. Just as she's about to take her out, Spalding appears and grabs her from behind.
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When we come back, Fiona is in Delia's bedroom waiting for her to return. She enters with her husband, looking pale but determined with her dark sunglasses covering her eyes, and a cane to help guide herself. She doesn't look happy with the husband. Good for you Delia, dump that loser!
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He touches her again to help her sit down but she pushes him away, once again seeing flashes of his adultery. Delia: "Who is she? Who is the red-head?" She asks this almost as if she's met her before... The plot thickens! He denies everything and she tells him he may as well fess up to everything because she will see it sooner or later! Then she whips him with her cane and tells him to get out. Yeah!
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Later on we find out that old Hank has a pretty major secret he's hiding - Marie Laveau hired him years ago as a witchhunter to find and kill as many witches from the Salem coven as possible. He only married Delia because she had access to files and through her he could find more witches. Oh dear, Fiona was so right. Although if she can read minds now couldn't she hear him thinking about this while they were in the bedroom together? Or can she only read minds when she's having chemo? *Confused Face* Anywho, Marie mocks him for having actually fallen in love with Delia when he's just been using her all these years (he denies this) and swiftly informs him that he will have to kill the whole coven immediately or else she will kill him. There's just one problem with this little mission (Marie doesn't know about Misty Day). Back with Fiona and Delia, they discuss Delia's new power; having 'the sight' is the greatest power to behold and the hardest to live with, Fiona tells her. That's cool because Delia's potioning ways weren't too exciting we must admit...
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Fiona moves to help Delia get undressed, and Delia's struck with visions of Myrtle's stake burning. "Oh! Auntie Myrtle!" she cries. Fiona explains she wanted to tell her about Myrt's death but was waiting for the right time. Okay so Delia doesn't know it was all Fiona's plotting, yet... This means Fiona better watch herself because sooner or later Delia's going to see what she's done... and it also means that Delia doesn't necessarily see the whole truth, just bits of it. Well isn't that a useful plot device? The three students have Spalding tied to a chair up in the attic, and we see how laughably easy it was for Zoe to over power him. Zoe tries to ask him who killed Madison while Nan reads his mind. Some of the grossest lines of all time ensue as he covers for Fiona by taking the blame for killing Madison.
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Spalding: "I had to have her. Madison Montgomery was so beautiful, the moment we met I knew that only by sliding myself into her cold, stiff, unyielding mound..." Props to Denis O'Hare for being so seedy in this scene. Like super, super seedy. Zoe gives him a swift kick to shut him up and the girls take turns burning him with a red hot metal spatula. Zoe sees through him and when he's unconscious suggests that instead of killing him they wait to see if they can find out who really did kill Madison.
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Cut to Misty Day living it up in her summery looking swamp home. Humming some Stevie to herself, she nibbles on veggies from her garden and waters some plants before pouring more magic swamp water on a large pile of mud.
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A blistered looking hand breaks through the mud and Misty tells it to have patience, "it won't be long now". Oh yeah, Myrtle and Misty will soon be the world's greatest double act! Once Myrtle's looking less like Voldemort and more like herself, that is.
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Kyle appears in the shrubbery all of a sudden, and Misty is happy to see him. She takes him inside for a bath but he goes all PTSD and wrecks her cozy little mud cabin. He even smashes up her radio, silencing Stevie Nicks! How could you, Monster-Kyle! Misty is then distraught and yells at him but he doesn't fully understand. Just in the nick of time, Zoe turns up and monster-Kyle runs to give her a tearful hug.
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Misty tells Zoe to take him away because, "he broke Stevie", and Zoe says she wants to take them both away as she needs Misty's help. Yay Madison might be coming back!
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In Delia's greenhouse, Zoe ties monster-Kyle up and shows Madison (who's lying on a table) to Misty. Misty: "He likes you, you two are made for each other." Zoe: "Not likely, he killed his mother." If only you knew, Zoe! If only you knew... Misty gives Madison a sniff and concludes she's been dead for too long, she can't bring her back "plus she's missing an arm". But Zoe insists, telling Misty, "you have the power of resurgence, you have to bring her back!" Misty likes that, so she reattaches Madison's arm with some magic swamp goop and starts pressing down on Madison's stomach to push the death out.
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After coughing up some bloody blackened substance and a large cockroach, Madison pops up.
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I'm now wondering whether bringing all these people back to life will ever have any consequences? Does it shorten Misty's life? If one person comes back does another have to die?
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Next we find out that the red-head was no random internet hook-up on Delia's husband's part. She was a witch who met with Delia at the school but decided she didn't want to be part of it. He traced her shortly after and planned her murder. I guess that's a little less freaky than being a random internet dating murderer, but whatevs.
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Zoe's now in the school kitchen introducing Misty to Nan and Queenie. She tells Misty she can stay the night if she likes but Misty rejects the offer (while helping herself to a bunch of bagels)...
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... and tells Zoe that Kyle is her responsibility now, she won't take him back to her swamp home because he's a "walking tornado".
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Zoe: "I thought you were looking for your tribe?" Misty: " I was and I am, this ain't it. I got bad vibes, real bad. There's something foul in this house." Good choice Misty. Although I hope you're able to grab a new radio before you leave. Delia wakes up alone and struggles to find her pills. She suddenly sees the Axeman standing at the foot of her bed. She screams. Who wouldn't? Next door, Zoe feeds Madison some ginger ale but she throws it up, and asks what she remembers. She doesn't remember much. Her last memory is "red", which we see is the red lace worn by Fiona the night she killed her. Oooh Fiona's not gonna be happy when she finds out Madison's alive. Then again she now knows Madison was never going to be the next Supreme she might not care. The Axeman threatens Delia and demands that she release him, but she insists she doesn't know how. He's pretty pissed that Zoe tricked him, "Goddamn witches." Is it ever a good idea to piss off a bad spirit? Meh, it was worth it to have Madison back in the fold - good job Zoe!
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Poor Delia then gets chased around the drawing room in her underwear by an axe-wielding murderer as she refuses to tell Zoe to release him. As if Delia didn't have enough on her plate, Joe!
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Zoe hears the commotion and runs to find a spell that will help him move on. Luckily a spell calls to her and she casts it with a little help from Nan and Queenie. They go and collect a thoroughly traumatised Delia who'd been cowering under a table, while Axeman toddles off down the road to a bar.
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The same bar as Fiona in fact! Who's just realised her hair is falling out and doesn't look too happy. Until a certain Mr Axeman sits next to her and offers to buy her a drink... Nawww just what she always wanted... Be careful what you wish for though, Fiona! 
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Witch Weekly: She wasn't in it much this week but she had the best lines for sure. Marie Laveau might be vying for Fiona's crown as the baddest witch in town, but only time will tell how close she'll come... "You're supposed to be ridding me of my enemies... Instead they're mouthier than ever! Showing up on my doorstep, disrespecting me, digging up my enemies... When I plant a fat-ass cracker bitch I expect her to stay planted! Not come back up like a damn ragweed!"
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Sweet dreams ‘til next week guys, Delia’s on the warpath! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fZll6tV-LM Also, can we take a second to appreciate the awesomeness of this:
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