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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Review: ‘Go to Hell’ Proves Ryan Murphy Hates Us All

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Go to Hell - Episode 312 (Airs Wednesday, January 22, 10:00 PM e/p) --Pictured: (L-R): Lily Rabe as Misty Day, Taissa Farmiga as Zoe, Evan Peters as Kyle, Sarah Paulson as Cordelia, Emma Roberts as Madison -- CR. Michele K. Short/FX

I’ve reached the point where I’m ready for American Horror Story: Coven to come to an end, because trying to make sense of what’s going on during this hour of television is exhausting.  This week’s episode, “Go to Hell,” had me throwing up my hands and asking if Ryan Murphy hates his viewers.

We see that Queenie somehow gets Marie back in one piece after making a deal with Papa Legba, Delia “sees” how Fiona is going to turn on the coven, and Madison finally gets the beat down from Misty that she just deserves. Once again, however, the Coven remains an absolute mess under one roof and this is before the young ones attempt the “seven wonders” to see who takes over as Supreme.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love seeing Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and Jessica Lange throw themselves into their roles – the only reason I’m seeing this show through to the end – but I think I’ve reached the point where it’s time to wrap up the storytelling as the sharks are tired of being jumped over.

Delphine, Marie, and Queenie: It’s Complicated
The complicated relationship between Delphine and Queenie comes to a head when Queenie confronts Delphine at her home as she’s giving “updated” tours to visitors. Delphine reveals that she actually hasn’t learned anything from her psychopathic ways and breaks Queenie’s heart.  In return, Queenie stabs Delphine in hers, fair trade honestly. Interestingly, because Delphine has spread Marie’s body parts all over the city, she is unable to hold up her end of the deal with Papa Legba.  Consequently, Marie becomes his property in the place of his choosing and since Delphine was only immortal because Marie was immortal she also becomes property of Papa Legba in their version of hell: Delphine’s house where Marie tortures Delphine and her daughter for all eternity. It took me 2.5 watchings to figure this plotline out, which is always a good sign for viewers.

Fiona Plans for the Future
Since Fiona realizes that she has very little time left as The Supreme, she wants Queenie (and I assume the rest of the young set) to demonstrate their powers of “the seven wonders” to reveal the next Supreme of the coven. Fiona even has her portrait painted to go up on the wall of Supremes, indicating that she is getting ready to step aside and let the next generation take over.  But is she really? This is the woman that Papa Legba refused to make a deal with because she had no soul. Is she suddenly growing one as she gets closer to being put out to pasture?  I really think she was torn for a brief moment between being happy with The Axeman and remaining the head bitch in charge of the Coven. Of course, she chooses to remain HBIC and The Axeman becomes the lover scorned and kills Fiona. WHAT IN THE ACTUAL HELL, RYAN MURPHY. Everyone who is killed on this show either comes back – see Misty, Madison, Queenie – or gets a send off like Nan, but not The Supreme, Fiona Goode.  Ryan Murphy is just going to have this scorned man hack Fiona to death and feed her to the gators?? Hell naw. How about how the Coven reacts, like “oh, well, I guess we should kill him for killing her.” Lord, give me strength not to go through my TV.

Cordelia Puts Her Missing Eyes to Good Use
Since Cordelia is back to having empty eye sockets, she believes her second sight will come back to help guide the coven to the next Supreme. By the way, I am still shaking my head at Delia’s over the top reaction of gauging out her own eyes to save the coven.  That said, she does figure out what Madison did to Misty and with Queenie’s help, frees her from her coffin.  More importantly, she lets Misty give Madison the ass whooping she has been earning for 12 episodes, the best scene of the episode.  My issue with Delia stems from her vision of Fiona killing everyone in the coven to remain The Supreme. Delia finds it necessary to run and tell Fiona’s boy toy that she’s going to double cross him and leave him blowing in the wind. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Delia touches him after revealing this information. Meaning she could see what the new future would be – him killing Fiona – and did nothing to stop it. Consequently, Delia is dead to me.

A few weeks ago, I expressed my desire for Murphy would focus on the story and tone down the “shock value” in the last couple of episodes because they add no real value. Every week since that initial review, it is reinforced to me that my wish will never come true. While there is less blood spewing, the actual storylines are ending up muddled, confusing and just dumb.

Madison is still in the running to be the next Supreme, but Fiona is hacked to death by her scorned lover? Talk about a disappointment! Also, why is Myrtle once again acting like she’s head of the Coven?  I hope next week’s finale is tolerable with the young ones vying for Supreme status with “the seven wonders” competition, but honestly I’m just relieved there’s an end in sight.

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