SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers.
Halloween may officially be over, but the remnants from last week's episode of "American Horror Story: Coven" surely took hold in this week's, "Burn, Witch. Burn!" with zombies waging a full-throttle attack on the school and a witch burned at the stake. The aftermath has raised some questions about the future of the coven — namely, who will be in charge — but before delving into the standout moments, it's worth a look back to see what exactly has caused the chaos.
Fiona is off sort of caring for Cordelia, who has been blinded by sulfuric acid, but is mainly popping pills. Her absence leaves the coven largely unprotected from Marie Laveau's hold on the zombie populace that starts to convene on the front lawn of Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.
Obviously, bedlam ensues and Zoe is left to take charge as the zombies come to life, kill some trick-or-treaters, and almost whack Nan and their studly neighbor Luke. Meanwhile, Fiona is hunting down the hooded figure who is responsible for throwing acid at Cordelia and continues to lurk in the darkness throughout the hospital.
As zombies flood the coven, an amazing chainsaw scene à la "Evil Dead" highlights potential Supreme-in-the-making Zoe hacking off zombie heads and exuding some major witchy chops. Her talents continue to develop, and she even surprises herself at the height of panic by overpowering Laveau's control over the undead with what appears to be sheer will.
Is this a new power she's developed? Does this mean she's the new Supreme? Questions abound, and all bets are currently on Zoe as the next leader of the New Orleans coven.
Burnt to a Crisp
Amid the moving plot pieces within the now unprotected coven, the major standout moment was definitely Fiona believing she had discovered that Myrtle Snow is underneath the black hood and guilty of attacking Cordelia. Despite some intense and incriminating serial killer-esque collages of Cordelia and Fiona found in Myrtle's hotel room, Fiona goes one step further to secure punishment and recruits Queenie to dip her hand (and thus Myrtle's hand) in acid.
Myrtle's badly burned hand is the last piece of evidence needed before the witch council declares that Myrtle will be burned at the stake for her supposed crimes against the coven. Cue the superchic all-black witch ensembles and one flick of Fiona's cigarette, and with that, Myrtle is burned alive. Or so we think. The last seconds of the episode shows Misty bringing a badly burned Myrtle back to life... so there may be some scorned, or rather scorched, witch revenge in the future.
Delphine's House of Horrors: Talk about a rough first date. Delphine's daughter Borquita'ssuitor is taunted to try to guess what's in the cauldron at her Halloween party, and ends up touching real eyeballs and human entrails. Side note: The Best Mother of the Year award doesn't go to Delphine after telling her daughter, "You've earned a special present. On Christmas morning, I'm going to stuff your conniving mouth full of s--t." No wonder her now-zombie daughter tried to strangle her.
"Functioning" Hospital vs. Asylum: The hospital Cordelia is staying in is potentially more horrifying than last season's "Asylum," with rusty tools, flickering lights, and deranged patients wandering the halls. If you were left wanting to disinfect everything and wash your hands after witnessing this portrayal of a "functioning" hospital, you're not alone.
Cordelia Sees All: Despite being blinded by acid, Cordelia is able to gain insight into her husband Hank's misdeeds. Visions of infidelities and generally unsavory behavior startle the witch out of her slumber, and she's sure to react to this eye-opener.
"American Horror Story: Coven" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.
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