By The Gorgeous Palah Chingu
Ryan Murphy never ceases to amaze me with variety of his works like Nip/Tuck, Glee, New Normal and American Horror Story (AHS). His work that I am most impressed with is American Horror Story. I love all 3 seasons of American Horror Story wholeheartedly. It is not a typical of horrifying and terrifying ghost or unknown apparition wandering in the area; it is the whole new level of ghastly and grisly of ghost/spirit/the supernatural story. American Horror Story season one connecting the audiences to haunted house and the buried truth of it while season 2 shared the stories of Briarcliff Mental institution and its hidden secret lies within it. With 2 previous season that is so engaging, true to the storyline and raw in the element of sheer terror, there is no doubt the season 3 of American Horror Story are expected to be great among audiences and fans of AHS themselves.
American Horror Story: Coven embarks the story of witches at New Orleans. After Salem Witch Trials happened 300 years ago, the witches are less in number and mostly are in great danger. The opening of witch institution or they called it ‘Coven’ is to educate witches especially the young one on how to protect their life. The coven leads by the one supreme as the leader of the coven. However, the position of supreme is not fixed and will be replaced by someone new when the right time appear. This power struggle among young witches occurred as all of them desired to be the next supreme. It is the least thing that they should be worried of since the current supreme, Fiona Goode (who knew that her days are numbered and her reign will be over) does not intended to be replaced. She wanted to stay being supreme for as long as she can.
The story also emphasized on the racial slurs, voodoo, witchcrafts and witches hunting that taken place and time way back then. The old rivalry between Fiona Goode and Marie Laveau (The Voodoo Queen) also had been set among the theme in the story as they had targeted each other for revenge since the Salem incident. Fiona Goode craze of power is something that worries her daughter, Cordelia. She knew that her mother will kill any of those young witches if any of them happened to be selected as the next supreme. When coven already airing their first episode, I am excited on the comeback of my OTP between Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga. I have been worshipping them since AHS season 1 as they portrayed the dysfunctional couple in it. Who doesn’t love a rebellious and suicidal girl who fell in love with a psychotic murderer boy? I know I did. Their chemistry work and I even wish they would date in real life (that was until I know even peters dates Emma Robert). Then, the dream of seeing Violet and Tate reliving their romance off screen shattered. Violet and Tate is their character’s names in AHS season 1.
When Taissa Farmiga (acted as Zoe) returned in third season of American Horror story, I am ecstatic. I know Evan Peters (His character’s name is Kyle) will be paired with her again in this season. They are playing, once again, as the dysfunctional character and are in love with each other. Unfortunately, Emma Robert also casted in the AHS season 3 which totally killed my mood to celebrate my OTP returns on the screen. It’s not that I hate her; it’s just disturbed the whole dynamic thing between Zoe and Kyle in the story. It turned out I was right, Emma Robert played a girl names Madison that bitchy and always get in the way of the relationship between Zoe and Kyle. It’s just not cool at all. Zoe in this series has a power of black widow spider. Anyone who is in contact intimately either forcibly or willingly with her will end up dead. Before entering the coven, Zoe’s boyfriend died of unknown cause right after having sex with her. Zoe met Kyle at a fraternity party and somehow, they both knew that they are attracted to each other. She knew it was impossible to have a relationship with him. However, Kyle involved in bus accident and died in that accident right after that party.When Zoe revived Kyle back to life with madison’s help, he was confused and terrified. Zoe seeks help from misty, the witch who had a power of resurrection to nurse Kyle until he’s finally stable.
There are also characters that are so evil in the series but somehow it worked in it. One of the examples is the notorious killer, Madam Lalaurie. Madam Lalaurie is a psychotic slave torturer who had been cursed by the Voodoo Queen to be immortal. Well, it is a curse since she are buried deep in the ground that nobody would ever heard from her even she screamed. For so many years she’s been buried, when she’s freed she can’t believe how the world had changed. She still maintains her bigotry and intolerance of other races to what she called a ‘color person’. She does not believe that they are all equal by now and unlike during her times before, they all are slaves to her. When Fiona freed her, she saw that her history remains intact and people remembered her for crimes and pains she inflicted on her slaves. She saw people used her house as a museum and exhibition of her history.
The series shows that even you possess the strongest magic and is proclaimed to be among powerful witches, the thought of people wanted your power and reign could led you to live miserably and unhappily. That’s what happened to Fiona Goode, she’s one of the influential and great witches but she’s lonely and tends to feel that everybody wanted to betray her. She failed to be a good mother to her daughter Cordelia causing their relationship to drift apart over the years. When Fiona did find her true love, it is the legendary Axeman, whose known to take life of his victims using the axe. The Axeman spirit wandered in the coven for so many years until Zoe accidentally set him free. He met Fiona at the bar and later confessed that he’s been Fiona’s guardian angel in the coven even Fiona could not see him back then.
The young witches in this series aside Zoe and Madison, is Nan and Queenie. Queenie is the only black girl in the coven and always felt she’s not part of the coven. She possess of voodoo power as she can inflicted pain to others when she’s hurting herself. Nan, on the other hand, is a witch that had a power of persuasion and can listen to other’s thought and mind. Overall, American Horror Story: coven covered the story of witches in many themes. There are oppression, marginalization of different group of people, family drama, racism and bigotry and power struggles. Sure, there are gory and bloodthirsty rituals and scene in the series but I would like to spare you guys the details of it. I cant wait for 2 more episodes and to see who’s among them will be the next supreme of coven. My bet will always be on Zoe. I don’t know why. I just felt it will be her.