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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN “Burn, Witch. Burn!” Review

American Horror Story: Coven picked back up right where it left off on this week’s episode, “Burn, Witch. Burn!” And, who doesn’t enjoy a good zombie episode (even when Halloween has come and gone) on a show that pushes the supernatural envelope anyway? Even if aforementioned zombies were defeated by a 16-year old witch with a chainsaw.

Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) proved to be developing some other witch talents, besides killing men in her own special way that is, and it’s beginning to look a lot like she might be the next Supreme. Although, we can’t forget that Madison (Emma Roberts) also started demonstrating new gifts a couple episodes back, and look where it got her – the best seat at a tea party she never RSVP’d for.

Nevertheless, Zoe did come out of the situation on top, or at least alive (because face it, those blood stains are never coming out of that shirt). She also earned herself a genuine thank you from Fiona (Jessica Lange), an accolade that is few and far between – and, if she really is the next Supreme, will be out of stock shortly.

Given the circumstances with Cordelia (Sarah Paulson), it amazes me that Fiona had time to remove herself from her own guilt ridden cocoon long enough to notice the girls at all. But then again, if she hadn’t returned to the house, who would have been around to greet the council with the same surly disposition that she’s so fond of bringing out for company?

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Fiona is definitely a woman that is used to getting what she wants. From the beginning of her reign at Supreme, she has been a firm believer in taking what you want when it doesn’t naturally come your way. Unfortunately, that won’t solve many of her current dilemmas. But why would she let that stop her from exerting her power while she still can? So, Fiona decides to take this opportunity to eliminate her most vocal adversary, Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy).

It’s hard to tell how much of the evidence Fiona had to forge. We already know that Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) helped her out by “dipping” Myrtle’s hand in the same acid that was thrown at Cordelia, but it’s possible that the flashbacks were authentic. It’s not like the council could see them anyway. Strangely enough, Myrtle didn’t have much of a defense for being in New Orleans for the weeks leading up to Madison’s “disappearance.” We know that she brought Zoe to the school, but the next time we saw her was when she was being flanked by her colleagues.

It strikes me as odd that they never utilize Nan (Jamie Brewer) in these situations. Common sense would dictate that if you have your own living, breathing lie detector – you take full advantage of it, right? They could have easily brought Nan in as a character witness in both recent interrogations, and put these matters to bed. There are those pesky repercussions that come along with incriminating the Supreme, but I’m sure that having the power to read her thoughts would be an advantage in that situation – even if it’s just gives you a few second head start, running for your life.

None of that really matters though. Fiona convinced the remaining members of the council of Myrtle’s guilt, and she was readily burned at the stake. If only a witch that has the power of resurrection hadn’t come wandering by. We may have not seen the last of that fiery red head.

Do you think that in “death” Myrtle will be able to take down Fiona? Will Cordelia’s new power of sight help the coven out of the mess they’re in? How much longer before there isn’t enough Lysol to hide the stench of Madison?

Let us know what you thought of this episode of American Horror Story: Coven in the comment section below!

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Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling

Lindsay Sperling has A.D.D. and her tastes reflect it. Her movie collection boasts everything from Casablanca to John Tucker Must Die to every season of Sons of Anarchy to-date. She adamantly supported a Veronica Mars Movie, hopes that the Fast & Furious franchise continues far into the future, and has read every popular YA book series turned film in recent years (except Harry Potter..). When she's not on an indie film set or educating the youth of America, she uses her time arguably productive as a freelance writer.

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