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'American Horror Story: Coven': Is Zoe right about her future fate?

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'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 3.12 "Go to Hell" Air Date January 22, 2014

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“American Horror Story: Coven” aired the season three penultimate episode, “Go to Hell” on Jan. 22.

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The grisly installment is arguably the most dark and gruesome of the season. Fiona (Jessica Lange), Marie (Angela Bassett) and Delphine (Kathy Bates) are all dead, with the two latter bitter rivals being banished to Hell.

As for Fiona, it seems like an odd display of poetic justice when her axeman splits her down her back with a hatchet. She’s the best of the backstabbers, after all, as she relentlessly pursued killing off her potential successor until her own untimely death.

But alas, the new Supreme should rise and rule, because all of the other girls are alive or resurrected. But, Myrtle (Frances Conroy) encouraged Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) and Kyle (Evan Peters) to run away and bask in their love.

However, Zoe didn’t want to abandon the coven or her future, as she states upon their unexpected return. She also informs the others she’s clearly the next Supreme. Is Zoe right about her future fate? Is she the next girl to walk in Fiona’s coveted coven-reigning shoes?

Hell Hath No Fury Like Delphine Scorned

Kathy Bates deserves a squeamish standing “o” for practically bathing herself in blood and gore to carry out Madame LaLaurie’s horrific slaughtering. (How can we think of the “first little piggy” rhyme in the same innocent way ever again?)

She slices and dices Marie Laveaux to gory bits. (Take that, for chopping off my head!) But, her own day of reckoning soon comes when Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) points out to Papa Legba how Marie forfeited their deal. Hence, Marie loses her immortality which also renders Delphine subject to permanent death.

Queenie does the honors in Delphine’s attic torture chamber, which becomes Delphine and Marie’s eternal un-resting place and personal Hell. Delphine is caged and must watch Marie torture her daughter for all eternity. Shudder, shudder!

Both of these women doled out sadistic punishment to scores of innocent victims. Justice is finally and fittingly served in their ultimate demise.

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead

Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) regains her second sight when Fiona clasps her grandmother’s necklace around her neck as a farewell token. She’s horrified by a sudden vision of Madison (Emma Roberts), Zoe, Misty (Lily Rabe), Queenie and herself all being massacred; all at her own mother's evil hands.

She hurries to Fiona’s murderous axe-wielding lover and clues him in on the fact that Fiona is merely using him and has no plans to run away with him. He’s stunned and still wants to believe in their love until Fiona herself proves Cordelia right.

Axeman can’t take the rejection. So he strikes her in the back with his axe and she dies a miserable and lonely death.

We don’t really see this one coming. Although, we can’t say we’re not happy enough to ring out our own chorus of “Ding dong, the witch is dead!” Fiona was evil and self-absorbed and never used her power for good. The coven is obviously much better off without her …

But, the question remains: Who is the next Supreme?

Is Zoe Next to Reign Supreme?

Raise your hand if you also hoped Zoe and Kyle were just going to ride off on a blissful sunset and live happily ever after. It would have been so nice. Sigh ...

But, Zoe has finally accepted her heritage. She feels tied to the coven and she’s certain she’s the next Supreme. So, instead of running away, she returns to embrace her fate.

Questions: Is she right? Is Zoe the next Supreme? Do Zoe and Kyle still stand a chance at a future together? Or, will jealous and wickedly ambitious Madison drive a wedge between them, or kill one of them or both?

All of the girls are gaining power at light speed. Misty survived the stake and being entombed. Madison brought a corpse to life. Queenie ventured to Hell and back. And Zoe killed a string of zombies, saw Nan’s (Jamie Brewer) murder and also brought a man back to life.

Any one of these girls could ultimately take the throne. However, since the story started with Zoe traveling across the country to seek refuge and learn about her Salem birthright, it almost makes sense that the story ends with her rise to power.

Is Zoe too obvious as the next Supreme? What about Fiona’s flesh and blood daughter Cordelia? Until now, her powers have been underplayed and underestimated. Is there a chance Cordelia could fill her dead mother’s huge coven shoes?

Lasting Impressions

All in all, “Coven” has been a riveting, often funny, brilliantly played season. Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare and Danny Huston have held their own with the wild and wicked women. The centuries old feud between Salem descendants and Voodoo practitioners has also been fascinating to watch. Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett have been devilishly delightful and the revolving AHS troupe have made these new roles totally fresh and believable. True-to-AHS-form, Ryan Murphy is making us dangle on the edge of our seats awaiting the season’s final resolution.

Next week’s Seven Wonders Supreme reveal should undoubtedly be spectacular. Anyone care to venture a guess about who will rise to take Fiona’s place? Feel free to hit the comments below with your picks!

The “American Horror Story: Coven” season finales airs Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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