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"The Axeman Cometh" drops the exciting new Axeman character and his interesting mythology into the mix, taking the focus away from the main storyline with insanely fun results.
It's so convenient when a historical serial killer's real-life purple prose is just as over-the-top and divaish as everything else on American Horror Story: Coven.
The look of delight, flattery, self-doubt, and passion on Fiona's face - just after a clump of her hair falls out - is as good as anything that Jessica Lange has done this season.
In this week's episode of American Horror Story: Coven, memorably titled "The Axeman Cometh," an elegantly interlocking series of plot turns suggests a major character's undoing.
Not the strongest episode of the season, but enough fun and crazy stuff to keep me thoroughly entertained and excited for the next installment. This show rocks.
American Horror Story, you so crazy! I say that with love, by the way. So much happened in this episode, much of it entirely batcrap insane, that it took a while to digest it all. It was like going to a Vegas buffet of all-you-can-eat mucho nutso.
Definitely the least eventful episode of the season so far. But that doesn't mean it was boring. No, in addition to setting up the season's various storytelling dominos, this episode kept us very entertained with BEAUTY and FLAIR and BUTTS.
It's gruesome business, but it fits perfectly into Coven's twisted version of New Orleans.
We realized with this episode just how much time has been spent on ambience and quips and how little has been spent on storytelling or even envelope-pushing.
The addition of the Axeman worked well, and I especially liked that he immediately went after Fiona, rather than going after the other witches.
Though not a lot happened in total this week, we did get Madison back and learned the truth about Hank, which definitely is going to have a great affect on things going forward.
The episode still managed to reveal Hank as a witch hunter, while also bringing Frankenkyle and Madison back into the fold.
"The Axeman Cometh," as with Ian McShane's killer Santa last year, allowed another superb elder actor the chance to play a murdering psycho on AHS. A fun step away from the central story.