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The Coven Screams 'Burn, Witch. Burn!' This Week On American Horror Story

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11/08/2013 12:44 pm
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The Coven Screams 'Burn, Witch. Burn!' This Week On American Horror Story
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Rosie Clarke

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Halloween part two was where AHS was at this week, folks. So I hope you weren’t getting too comfortable with your left-over candy and laughable TV specials... This episode was all gory trick and certainly no treat (unless you consider zombies, dark magic and creepy deserted hospitals a treat... which we kinda do). The show began back in 1833 New Orleans on All Hallow’s Eve, watching Delphine put her eldest daughter’s latest suitor to the test. “My my, Jacques what a suave fellow you are, but I wonder if you’re brave enough to enter my Chamber of Horrors.” That’s horrors, FYI, not secrets. And horrific it is: Delphine orders young Jacques to feel around inside several large bowls and guess what’s inside them. He thinks the first bowl contains loads of peeled grapes; nope, freshly plucked human eyeballs. He thinks the second bowl contains a string of sausages; nope, human intestines torn from the bellies of attic-bound slaves. Gruesome stuff: you can’t blame poor old Jacques for running off without a second glance at the daughter he’d previously eyed up. Run Jacques, run.
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As Delphine cackles away, we flick to her three daughters griping away in their bedroom about how they’ll never rake in a husband while their evil mother reigns supreme. The only option they have, according to the eldest, is to kill her off. Nobody will suspect the grieving children, they reason.
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Of course nothing is simple, so when Delphine overhears she has them dragged up to the attic and caged alongside her slaves. She has on girl’s leg snapped and gleefully informs the eldest daughter that because she was the ringleader in the half-hearted murder plot, “on christmas morning I’m gonna stuff your conniving mouth full o’ shit”. Yuck. So much for Delphine’s rant a few episodes back...
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Back in the present day, the zombies are closing in on the school, led by Delphine’s corpse daughters. Delphine starts to panic, Zoe and Nan look nervous, Luke looks rather oblivious and Queenie’s still looking a bit peaky as she hobbles down from her bedroom after hearing all the commotion.
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After the credits we cut to an agonized Delia who has crawled, wailing in agony, to her mother in the bar. Shrieking for somebody to call an ambulance, Fiona tearfully begs Delia to let her see what’s happened to her face. Shaking and howling, Delia removes her hands from her eyes and Fiona screams when she sees the raw, dissolving flesh that used to be her daughter’s face. In the background, she also notices a dark, hooded figure creeping out the back door. Who the hell is it? By the look on Fiona’s face  we’re about to see some serious revenge! Poor Cordelia...
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At the world’s creepiest hospital Fiona gulps down some pills while stuck in the waiting room, and lashes out at the doctor who comes over to tell her he’s never seen such horrific burns before. Delia’s now blind as the sulphuric acid burned through her optic nerve. Fiona is understandably devastated but it’s actually quite sweet to see that she does indeed care about her daughter.
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After sitting vigil at her bedside for a short while, Fiona goes off in search of more pills. (where better to run out of meds, than in a building full of medicine cabinets?) Unfortunately though, the hospital in question appears to have very few items in it at all (and apparently no electricity? Come on guys, fix the lights, people are dying!).
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As she’s traipsing around she steals enough pills to open her own pharmacy and then happens upon a dead baby in an incubator, lying next to its rather bloody and distressed mother. Why’d the docs leave them like that? Note to self: must stop questioning AHS logic.  In a disturbing then bizarrely sweet scene, Fiona orders the mother to hold her dead baby and cajoles her into saying a few phrases. We get a glimmer of motherly love from Fiona, who’s clearly thinking of her own child.
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Fiona: “You have to keep them close, so they feel safe. Now talk to her.” Mother: “I don’t understand. Why are you doing this? My baby is dead.” Fiona: “No, no, no, no, no! Come on, talk to her. Tell her: ‘I love you more than the whole world’. Come on, say it to her!” Mother: “I love you more than the whole world.” Fiona: “Now say, ‘I’ll never leave you’.” Mother: “I’ll never leave you.”
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Then she lightly touches the baby’s head and leaves as she comes back to life. Yay, Fiona can bring people back to life. Oh, this means she could’ve brought Madison back but chose not to... If she can resurrect, why can’t she heal? That would’ve been super useful for Delia right about now. Later on, while Fiona’s sat next to Delia again (who’s still unconscious), the weirdo husband rocks up. Fiona is not impressed, and when he tells her to stop pretending she actually cares about her daughter, Fiona quips back. Fiona: “I may not have been the mother she needed me to be but I can smell the bullshit in your pockets, even if she can’t. I begged her not to marry you, you’re a loser!” Talk about having a witch for a mother in law... You've gotta love Fiona. That loser really needs to get his comeuppance. She gives him fifteen minutes to talk to Delia alone before promising to kick him out of the hospital (and Delia’s life) forever. After she leaves the room, Hank the skank bends down to tell his wife he loves her, etc. But as he takes her hand she bolts upright, gasping for air, struck with visions of Hank’s infidelity as we see her cloudy, scarred eyes for the first time. Girl's got a new power.
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Seriously though, worst hospital ever! Her burns defo don’t look treated... Now back to the school... Nan makes the astute observation that the zombies must be dead because she can’t hear their thoughts. (You’d think she’d be able to hear Marie’s voodoo thoughts in the air, controlling the zombies through? I guess that’s not how it works.) Zoe takes charge, which is a nice departure from her previous sappiness. Ordering everyone to get away from the windows, she kills the lights and tells Spalding to take the others to safety upstairs. The genius that is Luke feels pretty certain the zombies are actually neighbourhood kids so storms outside to put an end to the madness. What actually happens is that he gets whacked by one and Nan has to come running out to save him. They both lock themselves inside a car and are about to be mauled by zombies, until Zoe lures them away with a drum, then brings out a chainsaw to massacre those mo-fos (the zombies, not Nan and Luke). Cue awesome shot of Zoe splitting a zombie in half, head-to-crotch.
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Meanwhile, upstairs Spalding eventually retreats into his bedroom where he accidentally pulls off one of Madison’s arms. She’s getting a little ripe there, Spalding... You might have to bury her soon.
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Delphine’s back in the kitchen fetching Queenie some ice when she decides to let one of the zombies in because she realizes it’s her eldest daughter, Borquita. Oh dear. Delphine tries to find some humanity in the zombie corpse that was once her child (how ironic), but acknowledges there is no hope once the corpse tries to throttle her.
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A little later, it seems zombie-Borquita has made it up the stairs and into Queenie’s bedroom. Queenie tries to use her voodoo doll gifts to kill the corpse with a pair of scissors but it doesn’t work. Although Queenie slitting her/its throat then watching awestruck as nothing but dirt spills out, was pretty cool. Luckily, Delphine arrives just in the nick of time to stab it through the heart with a fire poker, killing it once and for all.
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Queenie: “Holy shit, you killed it!” Delphine: “She had a monster for a mother. This last act was the only kindness I ever did for her.” Queenie then offers old Delphine a shoulder to cry on. Mostly unlikely friendship of the season so far? Probably. Outside, Zoe has her final showdown with the last remaining zombie when her chainsaw runs out of juice. She’s cornered by a nasty looking corpse when she realises she’s able to whisper a few magical words to make the thing drop dead.
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On the other side of town, Marie Laveau also drops to the ground - yeah she’d been levitating while all this was happening - and looks mighty puzzled. Marie: “I don’t know what that was but they’ve got some real power in that witch house now.” Okay so I kinda thought Zoe would be too obvious a choice for the next Supreme... Guess not! Fiona’s got some new competition. The next morning Fiona has returned to the school and is overseeing the burning of zombie corpses. Man that smell must be awful. She gives Zoe two thumbs up for protecting the coven and Zoe keeps schtum about her new magic trick. Good choice Zoe. Fiona also decides that Luke should stay at the school until he’s properly healed.
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Delphine wanders over and tells Fiona they share tragedy when it comes to their daughters. But while Delphine offers that this might bring them closer together, Fiona insists not; after all, Delphine is just the maid. A joke though this may be, it’s also true... You can’t have redemption and power, it’s one or the other. While Delphine is powerless as a maid she seems to be claiming some redemption... Fiona on the other hand is clinging on to her Supreme power for as long as possible - does this mean she’ll never redeem herself? Do we even want her to redeem herself? The council is now back and they mean business. Straight away they blame all the terrible goings on, on Fiona and demand that she step down as Supreme - the council will take charge until the new Supreme presents herself.
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Fiona’s not having that. She turns the whole thing on its head by revealing that Myrtle Snow is in fact to blame. She announces that she saw Myrtle wearing a black hood back at the hospital, and removes one of her (amazing) red gloves to uncover acid burns on Myrtle’s hand, similar to those sustained by Cordelia.
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Fiona even places Myrtle at the scene of Madison’s murder by claiming she was staying at a nearby hotel that night, unbeknownst to the other council members (where Fiona found her Carrie-Mathison-style stalker board).
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The council are forced to believe Fiona due to the overwhelming evidence, and decide they must “burn the witch”. Myrtle: “No need to bind me. I shall not resist. Why would I? I have been swimming against the tide my whole life. Look where it got me. I’m used to being an outcast; a freak until I found my place in this coven. I thought I’d come home but I was wrong. I go proudly to the flame! Go ahead, burn me!”
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Alrighty then, said Fiona’s implied interior monologue.
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Myrtle is marched to the stake by the entire coven, plus a few albino henchmen, set to the tune of a rather funky backing track.
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I'm totes gutted as I love Myrtle Snow! Still, she won’t really burn right? Fiona wouldn’t really burn her lifelong rival, right? What would be the fun in that, right? Wrong. With a flick of her cigarette, Fiona burns that red-headed witch to the ground. Damn.
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Fiona: “Any last words?” Myrtle: “You’re all a bunch of little toads in a pot that Fiona is slowly bringing to a boil. You won’t even feel it until it’s too late: I’d rather burn than boil.”
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It’s a slow, screaming process being burnt at the stake. The school girls all appear rather shocked.
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Back at the academy, Queenie comes into Fiona’s bedroom for a little heart to heart. It turns out that Queenie’s feeling guilty because she used her voodoo doll party trick to cause Myrtle’s hand to burn and didn’t realise it would lead to her death. Fiona calms her by inferring that she could be the next Supreme, and if she keeps quiet she’ll teach her everything she knows.
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Just when we think the episode is over, we see that our favorite Stevie Nicks obsessive has managed the (assumedly long) stroll down to see Myrtle’s roasted flesh. She places her hands on Myrt's charred head and concentrates... Myrtle’s eyes flick open just as the episode ends. Hell yeah! As if we needed another reason to love Misty Day, she just brought Myrtle Snow back to us. Can these two become besties, please? #DreamTeam
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Witch Weekly: Zoe was pretty badass this week... but she’s yet to have a one-liner so she’s not up for the prize just yet! It’s gotta go to Fiona! Not only did she manage to resurrect a baby, burn an innocent woman alive and manipulate an entire coven, but she also maintained a fairly killer drug habit. Oh, and she gave Hank a hard time. Not a fan of Hank. What is up with that freaky dude? “You have fifteen minutes with her, and then I’ll be back. And you will disappear... You can go on your own or my way, I don’t care which. Although I’d prefer the latter.”
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