American Horror Story: Coven 3×01 Recap


Finally, the wait is over for my fellow horror fans! American Horror Story has returned with its highly anticipated third season. Coven is set in New Orleans and follows witches as they face challenges that are centuries in the making.

Taissa Farmiga is the main character, Zoe Benson, a witch with a problematic “power:” she kills anyone she has sex with. After accidentally killing her boyfriend in this manner, she is shipped off to witch boarding school. There she meets fellow witches Madison (Emma Roberts), Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), and Nan (Jamie Brewers), who each have their own special powers.

The witches are lead on a field trip by the Supreme.

Madison, a movie star, takes Zoe to a local frat party. Zoe and frat boy Kyle (Evan Peters) make eyes at each other, but Zoe turns him down knowing what would happen if they became intimate. Meanwhile, Kyle’s frat brothers drug and rape Madison upstairs. Kyle finds them and yells at them to stop, as Zoe tries to help Madison. Madison ends up using her telekinetic powers to make their getaway bus flip over, killing seven of the nine frat brothers.

Zoe and Kyle have a moment at the frat party.

An interwoven plot follows the headmistress of the boarding school, Cordelia Foxx (Sara Paulson). Daughter of the “Supreme” head-honcho witch, Cordelia and her mother have a lot of issues that are immediately cause tension. The Supreme, played by Jessica Lange, shows up to ensure that the boarding school produces well taught witches.

Fiona (the Supreme’s real name) is obsessed with her appearance, and spends a lot of money and effort attempting to regain her youth. She ends up taking the girls on a field trip to a New Orleans house that had been occupied several centuries ago by Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates), a witch who used the pancreases of her slaves to preserve her youth. Fiona ends up digging Delphine’s casket up, and the shock of the episode is that Delphine is still alive!

Madame LaLaurie gloats in a flashback to her murderous years.

As someone absolutely obsessed with the first two seasons of American Horror Story, I was psyched for the next installment. One thing that instantly struck me was how colorful the overall atmosphere was compared to the first two seasons. To me, this episode wasn’t nearly as scary as its predecessors. With very few jump-out-at-you scenes and not much gore, the “Horror” of American Horror Story wasn’t really there.

However, I am intrigued by the plot. Zoe’s decision to become a sexual killer by punishing those who have wronged her/her friends reminds me of the cult classic Teeth. The rape scene was chilling and easily the most horrifying part of the show. I’m a little disappointed in the lack of scares, but I am hoping for a more terrifying rest of the season.

Also, fun fact! Madame Lalaurie is a real-life serial killer who tortured and killed slaves in the early 1800′s! Perhaps if we do some research into her life we can find spoilers to this season?

What were your reactions to the latest story of American Horror Story?

  • Flitzy

    I liked how this wasn’t the typical AHS opener, too. It was more psychological; it reminded me less of slasher stories and more of an Anne Rice or Bram Stoker type of story (and being that I’m obsessed with this kind of story; witches, Salem, New Orleans, etc. it was very welcome!).

    I thought Emma was fantastic as Madison – as were the others. I do hope we haven’t seen the last of Lily Rabe, though. It would be a shame to only see her in the first few moments!