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Madame Delphine LaLaurie
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Once again, it is the most human moments on American Horror Story: Coven that really get me. Last night that would be the grueling effects of Fiona's terminal cancer and its treatment: vomiting, moaning, writhing in agony.
In maybe the most touching scene of the series so far, Fiona and Delia finally bond in the kitchen over their witch hunter/stalker.
"The Sacred Taking" finds the show's variables nearly, but not quite, cohering into a grand narrative arc.
We're in it to the end because we love watching these broads have fun, but the storytelling has utterly collapsed this season and we don't find ourselves invested much in the outcome.
Things are starting to unravel a little too uncontrollably. Insane moments give this series color, and until now they've been a bit more subdued this season, but the fact that nobody can stay dead for long is starting to wear on the season.
The latest installment was not completely devoid of action, but it was noticeably lacking the urgency and pace of the last three episodes. Still, American Horror Story: Coven remains well worth the watch.
Not the most shocking note on which to end the episode, and, in fact, a little disappointing. If this is how we're going to see Kathy Bates for the rest of the season... I'm hoping that someone finds a way to put her out of her misery.
This episode was a return to the highest peaks of this show's entertainment-value.
Transitional or not, this episode zipped by like nobody's business, thanks to a taut script by co-creator Ryan Murphy, and the typically stylish direction from series regular Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.