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"Go to Hell" presents a microcosm of Coven's flaws with a crowded episode whose messy narrative crowds out an effective surprise for a leading character.
Myrtle is totally the Brutus of this whole operation, and I bet you that some dirty, dirty secrets are going to come tumbling out of her belladonna-strewn laundry next week.
Taken on its own merit, "Go to Hell" would've been an effective episode if it had been properly prepared for.
"Go To Hell" wasn't just another Gomez-Rejon joint. This was the showiest hour the great American Horror Story director has had since Asylum's finale.
For an episode that ends with a hail of murders, it's depressingly boring, and it underlines almost all of the problems with this season that I outlined last month.
Hell, this whole season has felt like a joke at the viewer's expense. Feh. If you've been reading our reviews, then you've heard it all before.
The showrunners, while able to create atmosphere and stylish violence, have no self-control when it comes to saving ideas for another day. Again, these complaints reflect the series as a whole, but Go To Hell just made them more evident for Coven.
Tonight's episode of American Horror Story: Coven was plenty messy. Sure, it was messy in the sense of corn syrup blood spurting like geysers, but it was also a disjointed, erratic mess in terms of plot and pace.
This week, as we're only one episode away from the finale, it's all about comeuppance. Most of it is richly deserved, yes, but not much fun to watch.
Just what an episode. Death, mayhem, hell, witchslaps, axe murder, hobo murder, voodoo devils eating marshmallows: This thing had it all and more. And every second of it was earned.
Television doesn't get much better than this, folks.
As far as penultimate episodes are concerned, 'Go to Hell' winds up being a more structured chapter of American Horror Story: Coven than may have been expected.
"Go to Hell" was a more focused episode, with a lot of driving action. It sounded off a few sour notes here and there, but in the end parts of it felt like a season finale.