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The Sacred Taking



Critic Consensus: The polished writing and creative direction turn "The Sacred Taking" into a more-than watchable transitional episode, speckled with touching, human moments.

Episode Info

The third season of Ryan Murphy's twisted horror anthology presents a new tale in 'American Horror Story: Coven'.


Kathy Bates
as Delphine LaLaurie
Sarah Paulson
as Cordelia
Lily Rabe
as Misty, Misty Day
Denis O'Hare
as Spalding
Angela Bassett
as Marie Laveau
Patti LuPone
as Joan Ramsey
Emma Roberts
as Madison
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Critic reviews for The Sacred Taking

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.

June 18, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

August 10, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

August 2, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Oh, this show!!!!

July 26, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

July 26, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

July 19, 2016 | Full Review…

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