The Sacred Taking
American Horror Story Coven



Critic Ratings: 16
Critics 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'.

Cast & Crew

Jessica Lange
Fiona Goode
Kathy Bates
Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Sarah Paulson
Cordelia Foxx
Evan Peters
Kyle Spencer
Taissa Farmiga
Zoe Benson
Lily Rabe
Misty Day
Emma Roberts
Madison Montgomery
Angela Bassett
Marie Laveau
Danny Huston
The Axeman
Patti LuPone
Joan Ramsey
Gregory Bright
Homeless Man
Ryan Murphy
Executive Producer
Brad Falchuk
Executive Producer
Dante Di Loreto
Executive Producer
Tim Minear
Executive Producer
James Wong
Executive Producer
Jennifer Salt
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Sacred Taking

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.

Jul 19, 2016 | Full Review…

In maybe the most touching scene of the series so far, Fiona and Delia finally bond in the kitchen over their witch hunter/stalker.

Jul 19, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"The Sacred Taking" finds the show's variables nearly, but not quite, cohering into a grand narrative arc.

Jul 12, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 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.

Aug 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.

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

Oh, this show!!!!

Jul 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.

Jul 26, 2016 | Full Review…

This episode was a return to the highest peaks of this show's entertainment-value.

Jul 19, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 12, 2016 | Full Review…

I think Misty is my favorite character.

Jul 12, 2016 | Full Review…

s far as kitchen-sink episodes go... 'The Sacred Taking' at least manages to circle back to the foreshadowing of who will be revealed as the new Supreme enough times that the answer felt pretty evenly split between two characters.

Jul 7, 2016 | Full Review…