'American Horror Story: Coven' had it's first episode last night (9 October) on FX. 'Bitchcraft' introduces the audience to the magical past and present of New Orleans and a host of new characters (with some old habits)
American Horror Story: Coven has begun and is promising to be the best season yet. Its dramatic, complicated and moderately sinister. What more could you ask for from AHS?
Taissa Farmiga stars as Zoe Benson, a teenage witch who - upon discovering her powers - goes to a school for witches. She is joined by Emma Roberts as a fellow student witch; and Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates who act as the teaching staff, respectively named Fiona Goode and Madame Delphine LaLaurie.
American Horror Story: Coven's premiere episode, entitled 'Bitchcraft,' aired last night (9 October) on FX. Here's what happened so far (spoilers):
We discover Zoe's magical talent is that she kills whoever she has sex with. Evan Peters, playing fraternity boy Kyle, doesn't last long after their romance (from American Horror Story: Murder House) is rekindled. However, all is not lost for fans of Peters as he will return later in a storyline evocative of Frankenstein.
Taissa Farmiga plays a witch Zoe Benson, who has unusual powers.
As usual with the franchise, there's overlapping time periods. In this one, the 1830's are intermingled with the modern day. There's going to be further time periods to come including scenes based around the Salem Witch Trials, which will reveal the fates of the witch student's ancestors.
A relic from the dark past of New Orleans, where this latest instalment of the American Horror franchise is set, is Madame Delphine LaLaurie (Bates); an evil and racist serial killer. There's definitely tension between the head witch Fiona Goode (Lange) and LaLaurie. Creator Ryan Murphy describes Goode was "liberal" (whilst speaking to E!) who despises LaLaurie's attitude. In recompense for LaLaurie's heinous crimes, Goode makes her a servant to one of her students.
Jessica Lange's Goode is accompanied by her daughter Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) in teaching the young witches: Emma Roberts as Madison, Gabourey Sidibe as human voodoo doll Queenie; and Jaime Brewer as Nan.
American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX at 10pm on Wednesdays.
Emma Roberts and Evan Peters, an off screen couple, star as Madison and Kyle (is he wearing slippers?)