I've been feeling like American Horror Story: Coven has gotten messier and messier as it has progressed, but these last couple of weeks have cemented an idea: that the coven, in order to protect the foundation of witchhood, must band together to destroy evil guys who would kill them given the chance. Fiona and Marie Laveau have been brought together - a capable duo of actresses, no doubt, but also two very powerful witches - to try to set things straight.
And it seemed like we were working toward the main point of Coven's season, an attempt to assimilate the witches and drive home that "racism isn't the answer" theme that has been hiding in the wings throughout this season. But "Protect the Coven" kind of ends that arc before it even gets started, so I'm getting the feeling that maybe the protection of the coven from outside forces isn't really the storyline either.
So what is? I'm not sure yet again, and it really hits on the reason why Coven just isn't working well. I mean, it's got a great cast and a cool idea, but the problem is that it doesn't know what to do with everything that's going on. It's always been a problem in AHS, but this season feels somehow even worse at figuring out plot events and where to go.
There's the whole Axeman love story with Fiona - it's only there when the show wants it to be, and in "Protect the Coven," the show REALLY needs it to be there. There's the whole Kyle and Zoe thing; remember Kyle? He's in it when Zoe or Madison need a toy to play with, and also to give Zoe a reason to leave town in this episode.
Oh yeah, did I mention Queenie and Madame LaLaurie are back? Because they are. Yes, LaLaurie was a decapitated head and Queenie was shot, but miraculous both of them are alive and in solid bodies. How does this happen? Queenie claims it's a Supreme thing. Bam - problem solved!
It points to the issue of death in Coven and how all of those momentous occurrences we've seen thus far have merely been setbacks. When death doesn't seem like such a terrible thing, what does? It's hard to say, and now that nearly all the witches have come back to life, the forthcoming conclusion to this season doesn't feel as grim as it probably should knowing that Fiona wants to kill everyone before a Supreme can rise.
That's not to say that "Protect the Coven" isn't fun to watch. Seeing Fiona chop into her enemy's throat with glee is quite the sight, and Madison delivers a few good lines about sucking dicks and not flushing her own shit. But ultimately Coven has been hindered by its own magic, and the season finale is sure to be one that attempts to wrap up this storyline way too fast.