Episode 12: Go to Hell
This penultimate episode of Coven delivers its audience a rollercoaster of a ride. Yes, it is often jittery, rugged and oddly-paced, but that’s the nature of the beast when it comes to American Horror Story.
Throughout the series, we’ve often heard of the ominous ‘Seven Wonders’ (no, not the Fleetwood Mac song) and it looks as if this showing of magical strength is now upon us. Considering the dark, brooding, sinister and twisted show that Coven is, we’re treated to a brilliantly playful black and white opening that breaks down the Seven Wonders for viewers. Acting almost like a silent movie infomercial, we’re informed that the mystical wonders are telekinesis, concilium, transmutation, divination, vitalum viatlis, descensum and pyrokinesis. Don’t worry if some of those words mean nothing to you, for we will get given examples throughout Go to Hell.
It’s established early on, to become The Supreme, one most complete the Seven Wonders. As Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) quizzes Fiona (Jessica Lange) on this, we’re shown an aggressive side of Fiona that demands respect; a side of the character that we have rarely seen throughout Coven’s run. With the current Supreme curtly proclaiming “You will perform the Seven Wonders or die trying,” it appears that our group of young witches will have their powers firmly put to the test.
With Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) last seen being used as a plaything for Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates), we find young Queenie on the mission to find out what happened to the immortal Marie. Let’s just say, for Marie, payback is most certainly a bitch, as the whole situation between Laveau and LaLaurie seems to have headed in a Death Becomes Her direction.
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