Critic Consensus: "Protect the Coven" satisfyingly sets the table for the season finale with a suitably gross installment whose extra plot point makes its hard-to-follow storyline even more confusing.
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Critic reviews for Protect the Coven
If we were the types to give out letter grades, this episode - and the season overall, in fact - would get a big, fat F.
When the show is operating at such a high rate of speed, it's often hard to stop and appreciate everything that's going on.
After last week's boring, plodding mess of an episode, American Horror Story: Coven returned with some ultra-violence to spice up the final half of the season and make up for Stevie Nicks being Stevie Nicks.
The plot at this point is generally incomprehensible, and character motivations are almost nonexistent.
I have to hand it to Murphy and Falchuk for never letting LaLaurie become fully rehabilitated, despite Queenie's best efforts
"Protect the Coven" is not the first episode of Coven to drop a huge unwieldy plot bomb on us, but it's so disappointing this late in the game because it distances us from the characters at what should be a juncture of pivotal emotional understanding.
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