Intense isn’t even the word to describe tonight’s episode of American Horror Story: Coven, entitled simply “Head.” The title is a double entendre for Madam LaLaurie’s (Kathy Bates) head itself, which is a very important part of the episode, and because everything finally comes to a head.
This is the episode I have been waiting for. There’s death, destruction and, finally, a little song from Patti LuPone. I know I wasn’t the only person wondering when that was going to happen.
Let’s go over some really important parts of tonight’s episode without really spoiling anything.
Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) loses her second sight. Is this a good or bad thing? I’ll let you judge.
Myrtle Snow (Frances Conroy) is not as much of a stick in the mud as you thought. In fact, she is willing to go to extremes for the coven no one may have expected.
Madam LaLaurie’s head is taken in by Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) and forced to learn about slavery and oppression through popular African American TV shows and films. Even as a disembodied head, Bates is an amazing actress.
Fiona (Jessica Lange) approaches Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) about banding together against the witch hunter. Well, you can imagine how that goes. She also finds a use for Kyle (Evan Peters).
We finally see how Hank (Josh Hamilton) became the witch hunter he is. Where his loyalties really lie is another story all together.
Luke (Alexandre Dreymon) is in a coma after last week’s shooting attack by Hank. Nan (Jamie Brewer) uses her clairvoyant powers to tell Joan (Patti LuPone) what Luke is thinking, and it’s nothing she wants to hear.
“Head” lives up to the American Horror Story reputation. It’s dark, strange and gory in that Asylum Bloody Face/Dr. Arden kind of way. You’ll find your mouth agape on more than one occasion and probable speechlessness after it’s all over.
The battle is starting and it’s not what you thought.