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The Sacred Taking 

With Fiona struggling to cope with the effects of her medication, the rest of the coven undertake a ritual known as the "sacred taking" to prepare for the next supreme. However Fiona must take her own life if the ritual is to be a success.


Ryan Murphy (created by), Brad Falchuk (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Paulson ... Cordelia Foxx
Taissa Farmiga ... Zoe Benson
Frances Conroy ... Myrtle Snow
Evan Peters ... Kyle Spencer
Lily Rabe ... Misty Day
Emma Roberts ... Madison Montgomery
Denis O'Hare ... Spalding
Kathy Bates ... Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Jessica Lange ... Fiona Goode
Angela Bassett ... Marie Laveau
Danny Huston ... The Axeman
Gabourey Sidibe ... Queenie
Patti LuPone ... Joan Ramsey
Josh Hamilton ... Hank Foxx
Jamie Brewer ... Nan


Fearing for their lives, Misty and a resurrected Myrtle arrive at the coven. While Fiona's away, the group performs a ritual of protection, led by Cordelia. They all decide that, no matter who is to be the next Supreme, Fiona must die. Myrtle later gives Fiona a choice: death by suicide or be burned at the stake. Feeling more ill, Fiona chooses to take sleeping pills. Before she dies, a ghostly Spalding convinces her that they were both murdered. She vomits out the pills, swearing to avenge them both. After an assassination attempt on the witches, Fiona and Cordelia make peace, but an unmarked package arrives from Marie, containing Delphine's head with its eyes still blinking. Written by FX

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

4 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fiona (Jessica Lange) asks that her portrait be hung in her chosen spot and not stored in the basement with "the disgraced Russian witch". This is a reference to Madame Helena Petrona Blavatsky, the Russian-born occultist and founder of Theosophy, which later evolved into the New Age Movement. Blavatsky was charged with fraud and plagiarism by many of her critics. See more »


When Luke is being taken into the ambulance after the shooting, Misty Day is facing the door. Then Fiona enters and the camera changes view, when the camera does this Misty is facing the mirror and acts surprised to see Fiona even though she just saw her walk in. See more »


Queenie: Ain't they feeding you?
Madame Delphine LaLaurie: All they ever do is bleed me for her poultice. Come tomorrow, I'm gonna be dry as a bone. Whatever did I do to deserve this betrayal? Didn't you like my pot pie and my peach crumble I learned how to make just for you? You put me in here. You can get me out. Only for a minute, just so I can stretch my legs. This cage is just unfit for a human.
Marie Laveau: Which is why it's so perfect for you! What I told you about feeding the animals, Queenie?
Queenie: I'm sorry, reine.
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References Bewitched (1964) See more »


Everybody's Got Somebody But Me
Written and performed by Mildred Anderson
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