American Horror Story: Season 3, Episode 7

The Dead (20 Nov. 2013)

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Fiona finds new purpose in a dangerous love affair. A night out with LaLaurie leads Queenie to question her place in the Coven. Cordelia makes a fateful decision about her mother.

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Fiona finds new purpose in a dangerous love affair. A night out with LaLaurie leads Queenie to question her place in the Coven. Cordelia makes a fateful decision about her mother.

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Madison Montgomery: What have you been up to?
Zoe Benson: Nothing. Do you mind? I need to get dressed.
Madison Montgomery: No, I don't mind... but you do.
Zoe Benson: What are we talking about?
Madison Montgomery: Come on, Zoe. What you walked in on before.
Zoe Benson: It's none of my business.
Madison Montgomery: You brought the dude back from the dead. You must like him a little.
Zoe Benson: We brought you back too.
Madison Montgomery: Starting to wish you hadn't?
Zoe Benson: Look, it's not like we can be together anyways.
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After seeming like the likely loser in the war, Marie Laveau gains a new recruit.
24 November 2013 | by (http://www.amari-sali.blogspot.com/) – See all my reviews

Internal strife has always been the weakness of the coven, be it back when Fiona and Myrtle were rivals in school, or in modern times when backstabbing has gone so far that some witches are thinking of defecting, if not killing one another. But, perhaps through revolution the coven can get stronger, the witches themselves are starting to get more confident and powerful after all. To begin, let's talk about Zoe.

When we first met Zoe she was this innocent girl, just killed her first boy through her Black Widow type powers, and had a doe-like expression. Now look at her. She is beginning to hone her powers so that she can weaken even the greatest of voodoo queens, she is now capable of torture, murder and even participating in a 3-way.

Leading us to talk about 3-way participant Madison. Life after death doesn't seem much different for Madison. She still feels numb to life, and seemingly she has lost her powers so now she is bored as well. In a way, since being revived she is a shell of her former self, but then she looks at Kyle, someone she can relate to, being that he is a zombie as well, and what starts as a touching moment, a bond between zombies, ends up with Madison being pressed up against something as Kyle has sex with her. Mind you, it doesn't seem entirely to be an act against Zoe, if anything, perhaps this is the first time, maybe ever, Kyle has had sex with someone he wanted to, and Madison says this is the first time she felt something since being revived. And as for the 3-way, think of this as something to form a stronger bond. After all, Zoe is incapable of having sex with an alive person for she would kill them, so with Kyle, and Madison adding to the experience, she maybe actually able to enjoy herself.

Which, considering what is on the horizon, they will need that strong bond. The reason I say this is, Cordelia is readying to kill her mother, and Hank is readying to destroy the coven. But, lest we forget, Myrtle Snow has been revived and also will have an ally in Misty, and then we must talk about Queenie.

As Cordelia speaks of killing her mother, and the others bond through sex, Queenie is out there crossing over to the other side. Side note: We have no idea where Nan is during all of this. Anyway, Queenie finds herself in the home of Marie Laveau and Marie welcomes her with open arms. The idea of solidarity between them comes from the idea of race. Queenie feels slightly like an outsider for being fat as well as Black, but Delphine tells her straight up being Black is the reason she is an outside, and considering in the flashbacks we have not seen one Black witch before her, she truly is an outsider. However, Marie looks at her like she should have been with her in the first place. A Voodoo Queen and a witch with Voodoo doll like powers, she belongs with them and Marie says she can be with them with the cost of admission: Delphine LaLaurie.

Of course, this leads to a conflict in Queenie's mind. After all, while she feels like an outsider, she has just taken part in helping someone to die, and had some guilt about it. As for Delphine though, she was racist to her, but Fiona made her, her slave. Marie though reminds her that Delphine ain't redeemable, far from it, and this leads to Queenie doing some investigating. What she finds out is Delphine killed a black baby just because she would have been the bastard son of her husband. With that known, off Delphine goes to Marie's house.

Now, the last thing that needs to be talked about is Fiona and the Axeman. As Fiona's body withers away, and she finds herself humbled by the whole experience, the Axeman strokes her ego. At first, this serial killer and the Supreme seem like a match, not necessarily made in heaven, but something very fitting. He finds her attractive, she feels sexy again, and they can even have decent conversation. Thing is though, Axemen is far older than Fiona, and has been watching her since he was a child. To make things even creepier, he first saw her as a daughter he never had and then, apparently once she hit puberty, his feelings evolved.

But what he has that many men, if not people in general, don't, is an acceptance for who she is. Despite his love for her being almost like a pedophile, he knows all her secrets and loves her anyway. Something which she can't claim her daughter has, or anyone we know of. And with that, comes a bit of forgiveness for his flaws. Which includes a dead body in the bathtub.

Overall, the episode I felt was quite good. Not phenomenal, but definitely part of that shift I spoke of in earlier episodes where now it seems they are rebuilding Marie Laveau to be a threat, much less make the coven seem less invincible. I will say though, I'm sort of confused why Nan disappears for episodes at a time. Not to say she is my favorite character, but considering how memorable she was in the first season, it sort of feels like she got the short end of the stick this season, at least thus far.


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