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The polished writing and creative direction turn "The Sacred Taking" into a more-than watchable transitional episode, speckled with touching, human moments.
Once again, it is the most human moments on American Horror Story: Coven that really get me. Last night that would be the grueling effects of Fiona's terminal cancer and its treatment: vomiting, moaning, writhing in agony.
In maybe the most touching scene of the series so far, Fiona and Delia finally bond in the kitchen over their witch hunter/stalker.
"The Sacred Taking" finds the show's variables nearly, but not quite, cohering into a grand narrative arc.
Oh, this show!!!!
Not the most shocking note on which to end the episode, and, in fact, a little disappointing. If this is how we're going to see Kathy Bates for the rest of the season... I'm hoping that someone finds a way to put her out of her misery.
This episode was a return to the highest peaks of this show's entertainment-value.
Things are starting to unravel a little too uncontrollably. Insane moments give this series color, and until now they've been a bit more subdued this season, but the fact that nobody can stay dead for long is starting to wear on the season.
We're in it to the end because we love watching these broads have fun, but the storytelling has utterly collapsed this season and we don't find ourselves invested much in the outcome.
Transitional or not, this episode zipped by like nobody's business, thanks to a taut script by co-creator Ryan Murphy, and the typically stylish direction from series regular Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
The latest installment was not completely devoid of action, but it was noticeably lacking the urgency and pace of the last three episodes. Still, American Horror Story: Coven remains well worth the watch.
I think Misty is my favorite character.
s far as kitchen-sink episodes go... 'The Sacred Taking' at least manages to circle back to the foreshadowing of who will be revealed as the new Supreme enough times that the answer felt pretty evenly split between two characters.