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The Axeman Cometh to the 'Coven' and the Lying Husband Taketh Away

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Josh Hamilton as Hank in "American Horror Story: Coven"

Josh Hamilton as Hank in "American Horror Story: Coven"

SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers.

In this week's episode of "American Horror Story: Coven," plot twists and witch resurgence abound, as new characters are introduced and familiar ones are exposed for who they really are. Certainly not the scariest episode as of late, but "The Axeman Cometh" is vital in understanding the coven's new "every witch for herself" mentality as Fiona remains MIA while receiving cancer treatment, and the coven is yet again under attack. The real question on everyone's mind is, who is Hank Foxx? Here are this week's top moments that have left burning questions.

Biggest Shocker

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Sarah Paulson as Cordelia in "American Horror Story: Coven"

Sarah Paulson as Cordelia in "American Horror Story: Coven"

 

 

The ultimate shocker this episode was the realization that Cordelia Foxx's husband, Hank Foxx, has been in cahoots with Marie Laveau for six years. In this time he has promised Laveau he would "erase all Salem descendants" but has instead married Cordelia and claims to have been working at gaining acceptance into the coven. If Fiona's frigid welcome and Cordelia's blindness and subsequent increased insight on her husband's infidelities are any indication, Hank hasn't been holding up his end of the bargain. However, the main question is, who is Hank really, and what is he getting out of this? Hank's currently on Laveau's bad side, so he might start getting reckless and brazen in upcoming episodes as a means to an end.

[Related: 'American Horror Story' Welcomes Stevie Nicks to 'Coven']

The Axeman

Supersuave and always charismatic, the Axeman (Danny Huston) was introduced in this episode as a talented saxophone player and vicious ax murderer who targeted women in New Orleans around the turn of the century. The witches at the coven refused his ploy to control their fears, and they played opera music rather than his requested live jazz as the only means to ward him off. Once murdered — stabbed about a hundred times by the witches upon his arrival — he has haunted the coven ever since.

Ouija Board

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Taissa Farmiga as Zoe in "American Horror Story: Coven"

Taissa Farmiga as Zoe in "American Horror Story: Coven"

 

 

Zoe becomes desperate to figure out whether Madison is dead or alive, and claims the Ouija board in her closet "found her first." Willing to risk anything to get some answers, Zoe defies Queenie and Nan and decides to make a deal to release the Axeman if he tells her where Madison is. Soon the witches are in the attic and up-to-date on Madison's untimely death and Spaulding's creepy doll fetish. Thus, the Axeman has been released and is no longer "betwixt" but is once again able to wander the streets of New Orleans. Will the Axeman strike again? Or, maybe there's potential for a rekindling of friendship between the murderer and the new wave of witches at the coven?

[Related: Falling In Love (With Snakes) on the 'Horror Story' Set: 10 Big Questions With Sarah Paulson]

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Emma Roberts as Madison in "American Horror Story: Coven"

Emma Roberts as Madison in "American Horror Story: Coven"

Back From the Dead

Once Madison is found, obviously very much dead, Zoe asks Misty Day to resurge her. Initially assessing that she had simply "too much death," Misty enlists Zoe's help in bringing Madison back, and together by pressing on her stomach she is revived. Does this mean that Zoe has the power of resurgence too? Or was her aid just that of witch reinforcement? Regardless, all bets are still on Zoe as the future Supreme after she once again shows her range of skills.

"American Horror Story: Coven" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

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