Violet recaps Season 3 Episode 5 of American Horror Story: Coven, titled Burn, Witch. Burn!, where the witch academy is under attack by zombies! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on Burn, Witch. Burn!
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American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 5: Burn, Witch. Burn! Recap Overview
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- In a flashback to 1833, LaLaurie has her daughters locked in cages. In the present, zombies descend on the witch house, and we find out that Cordelia is blind.
- Luke goes outside and gets attacked by zombies, who are being controlled by Laveau. Nan saves him, and they take refuge in a car. Fiona brings a stillborn baby back to life at the hospital.
- Zoe distracts the zombies. LaLaurie lets her zombie daughter inside, who attacks LaLaurie, Spalding, and Queenie. LaLaurie kills her daughter with a poker stick.
- Zoe hacks the zombies up with a chainsaw, which stops working when one zombie is left. Zoe uses her power to kill him, which breaks Laveau‘s spell. Cordelia’s husband arrives, and when he touches her hand, Cordelia has a vision of him cheating on her.
- Fiona provides evidence to the Witch Council that Myrtle was in town when Madison disappeared, and that she threw acid at Cordelia. The coven watches Myrtle get burned at the stake.
- Queenie feels guilty about helping Fiona frame Myrtle. Misty Day revives Myrtle.
American Horror Story: Coven Episode Recap: Burn, Witch. Burn!, the Details
1833 Halloween, 2013 Halloween
Season 3 Episode 5 of American Horror Story: Coven, titled Burn, Witch. Burn! begins in 1833 at a Halloween party at LaLaurie’s house. A man seems interested in her daughter, and she offers to show him her Chamber of Horrors. She has him reach inside a bowl, which he thinks contains grapes, but turn out to be eyeballs. The next bowl contains intestines, and he runs off. Later, LaLaurie’s daughters scheme how to kill their mother. Later that night, while LaLaurie’s daughters are sleeping, LaLaurie has her slaves lock them in cages.
Back to the present, we pick up where we left off last episode, with LaLaurie’s daughters showing up at the doorstep as zombies, as several zombies crowd around the house. Meanwhile, Cordelia is suffering in pain, covering her eyes, and her hooded attacker leaves unnoticed. At the hospital, the doctor tells Fiona his best guess is that someone threw sulfuric acid at her, and that she is blind.
Meanwhile, Nan realizes that she can’t hear any of the beings outside, which means they are dead. Zoe goes around turning off all the lights. However, Luke thinks it’s just a bunch of neighborhood kids trying to scare them, and goes outside to yell at the zombies to go away. They’re just standing there, motionless, until Laveau, who is floating in midair, commands them to attack. They kill two teenage boys who happen by, then come after Luke. Inside, LaLaurie starts to open the door to see her daughters, but Zoe stops her, and moves everyone upstairs. However, Nan has run outside to save Luke, who has been wounded. They get inside a car for safety.
Fiona sits with an unconscious Cordelia at the hospital, then goes for a walk. She uses her powers to get into a restricted area, and steals some medication, and takes some pills right then and there. She wanders around some more, and finds a grieving woman, whose baby was stillborn. Fiona brings the baby girl to the mother to hold. The woman doesn’t understand why Fiona wants her to hold a dead baby. Fiona has the woman speak loving words to the baby. Then Fiona beings the baby back to life, and leaves.
LaLaurie’s Zombie Daughter
Nan and Luke sit in the car as the zombies try to break in. However, Zoe distracts them by banging pans together. They begin chasing her, but she runs into a tool shed. Inside, LaLaurie makes Queenie get back in bed, while she goes downstairs to get some ice. While in the kitchen, LaLaurie hears a sound, and grabs a knife. She looks out the window and sees that it’s her daughter. She opens the door and lets her in. The zombie proceeds to choke LaLaurie.
Queenie wonders what’s taking LaLaurie so long, and has Spalding go check on her. She hears Spalding groan in pain, and goes in the hall to see the zombie that LaLaurie let in has hit Spalding over the head. Queenie uses her power to slit the zombie’s throat, but it continues to come after her. LaLaurie stabs her daughter from behind with a poker stick, which kills her. LaLaurie confesses that her daughter had a monster for a mother, and this last act was the only kindness she ever did for her. She cries, as Queenie comforts her.
Zoe to the Rescue, Cordelia Has a Vision
Nan and Luke make a run for it to the house, but Luke falls, and the zombies begin to descend on them. However, Zoe shows up with a chainsaw and hacks the zombies to bits, until they are no longer moving. But then one last zombie comes up behind her, and unfortunately, the chainsaw has stops working. Zoe extends her hand to the zombie and speaks some magic words, then the zombie falls lifeless to the ground. At the same time, Laveau is snapped out of her trance and falls to the floor. She comments that the witches have some real power now.
At the hospital, Cordelia’s husband shows up, claiming he’s been driving all night from Lake Charles. Fiona expresses her disapproval of him. Fiona informs him that Cordelia is blind. He insists that Fiona is the one that doesn’t belong, not him. Fiona gives him 15 minutes with her, and says when she gets back, he will disappear, either on his own, or her way. When he touches her hand, Cordelia wakes up and gets a vision of him cheating on her.
Burn, Witch. Burn!
The next day, Fiona supervises as Nan and Zoe burn the remains of the zombies in a bonfire. It seems that Luke is recovering in Nan’s room. Fiona tells Zoe she likes a witch that knows how to fight, and thanks her for her great service to the coven. LaLaurie comes outside and watches her daughters burn. LaLaurie comments that maybe her and Fiona’s tragedies will bring them closer together, but Fiona doubts it, considering LaLaurie is the maid.
The Witch Council demands that Fiona immediately abdicate her role as Supreme. In the meantime, since the new Supreme has not shown herself yet, the coven will fall under the stewardship of the Council. Fiona accuses Myrtle of trying to steal the Supremacy, and of destroying her daughter so that she could destroy Fiona. Fiona points out that Myrtle was in town at the time of Madison’s disappearance, secretly staying at a motel under a false name, planning this coup. Fiona shows the Council members pictures of a motel room wall covered with photos of Fiona with red X marks on her face. Fiona pulls a glove off of Myrtle’s hand, and we see that it has an acid burn on it, just like Cordelia’s eyes. The Council decides to burn Myrtle.
The entire coven goes out to the middle of nowhere to witness Myrtle being burned at the stake. Zoe thinks this must be just a joke, but Queenie replies, “You don’t mess with the Supreme.” Myrtle’s last words are to warn the others about Fiona, then Fiona flicks her cigarette at Mytrle, who catches on fire and burns to death.
Myrtle Was Framed
Later, Queenie asks Fiona if she helped her frame a guilty woman or an innocent one. In a flashback, we see that Queenie used her powers to make the acid burn appear on Myrtle’s hand. Fiona says that none of us are innocent. Queenie feels guilty about what happened, she didn’t know they were going to burn Myrtle. She doesn’t think she can live with this. Fiona tries to reassure her, and brings up the idea of her being the next Supreme. But she tells Queenie she has to trust her and follow her instructions. Queenie says she will.
In Spalding’s room, he is spraying air freshener, and we soon see why: he still has Madison’s decomposing body, laying in a chest. He pulls her arm to make her sit up, but it comes off.
Misty Day visits the site of Myrtle’s burning, and uses her power to bring Myrtle back to life.
Violet’s Thoughts on Episode 5 of American Horror Story: Coven: Burn, Witch. Burn!
The first time I watched this episode, my initial reaction was that this season had started off so strong, but now the show is losing me. I felt like this episode was a bit over the top in ridiculousness. It was like the whole point of this episode was just so we could see zombies hacked up. I thought that Zoe seemed out of character, when she stepped up and was giving orders to everyone, then when she went outside to help save Nan from the zombies. It seemed like too much of a leadership, authoritative role to the point that it felt off for her character.
Upon watching it through a second time, I was able to catch a theme that I didn’t really notice the first time through, probably because of the distraction of the zombies. The theme was that of motherhood. Fiona was feeling guilty that she was not a better mother to Cordelia. As a result, she gave the life of a child back to its mother. LaLaurie also realized that she was a terrible mother to her daughters. While LaLaurie can no longer do anything to rectify that situation, Fiona still has a chance. I’m guessing Cordelia’s husband won’t be around much longer, one way or the other, so Fiona will be the one to care for Cordelia. I’m wondering if Myrtle is really the one who threw acid at Cordelia, or if Fiona just used a convenient way to prove it was her.
So who will be the next Supreme? With Zoe’s newfound leadership and fighting skills, along with her ability to stop Laveau’s spell, it seems like the Supremacy may be manifesting in her. However, Fiona seems to have promised to mentor Queenie to become the Supreme. But I think she was just saying that so that she could get Queenie to do whatever she wants her to do in the future.
As for this teamup of Misty Day and Myrtle… this can’t be good. It looks like a witch war may be coming!
Josh’s Thoughts: American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 5: Burn, Witch. Burn!
Lately American Horror Story hasn’t been keeping my attention too well. I feel like the show is going for shock factor, more than a good story at the moment.
What was probably most entertaining to me was Zoe going “Texas Chainsaw” on the zombies. I thought that was a cool scene, and the special effects were done really well with the zombies.
What was creepy was LaLaurie’s treatment of her own children. Locking them in cages and breaking their legs to get them into the cage. Geez. I do not know how anyone can call that love.
Poor Cordelia having to deal with her now burned face, and blindness. What I am curious to know is if Fiona’s accusations of Myrtle were true or not. We know that Fiona used deception and trickery to pin the crimes on Myrtle, but it remains unclear if she is the one who actually perpetrated the crimes against Cordelia. What would be awful is if Fiona burned Cordelia in order to get out of trouble with the Witch’s Council. I wouldn’t put it past her, but I also do not think the timeline fits right, as when Cordelia went to the restroom, it seemed like the person in the bathroom was already there. Also, Fiona has seemed pretty broken up about the damage done to her daughter.
I wondered why Fiona brought the child back to life in this episode. I could not quite figure out why she did so. Considering how bitter she always seems to be. I would take a guess that the grief her now blind and disfigured daughter has in some ways make her realize how much she cares for her daughter, even though they mostly seem at odds.
I guess after discussing the episode, I like it a little more than I initially thought. Fiona is probably the most interesting character so far. I really am liking Kyle, but he was absent from this episode for the most part. I guess we will have to wait till tonight to see if he is back!
Scenes from American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 6: The Axeman Cometh
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