So while Episode 2 dealt with resurgence and life, this episode deals very much in death.
First, we learn how Fiona took her reign as Supreme, back 40 years ago goading the original Supreme and slashing her throat. She knew her place was coming because her powers were coming in multitudes and becoming stronger, while it was slowly killing the Supreme Anna-Lee. So imagine Fiona’s slow surprise when she learns that our dear Madison now not only is telekinetic, but pyrotechnic as well.
I felt dread all episode, waiting for Madison’s fate, wondering if Fiona would kill her and if that would reclaim her diminishing powers and youth. I also loved feeling the dread, because this show is one that WILL kill its characters, realistically and not spare them for story. Of course, their deaths don’t always mean permanence, as we know this season with Misty Day and Franken-Kyle. So when the blade was drawn and handed to Madison to kill Fiona, I knew it could be either that could die. I wasn’t surprised by the outcome.
What I was surprised and delighted by was Fiona’s handling of Delphine, who is now maid to the school, and who is specifically made to serve Queenie after her abhorrent treatment of her. I felt some centuries old vindication with Queenie addressing Delphine as slave, though disappointed she didn’t voodoo on her, and I’d hoped she’d do more of. Instead, righteously, she protects Delphine from the Minotaur that comes for her, offering herself up sexually, beast to beast. I also wasn’t surprised by this outcome, though it was ambiguous, though the next episode’s promos seem to point in the obvious direction.
Zoe’s guilt impedes the reunion she makes for Kyle and his mother, and we learn the horrible truth that Kyle was living in a house of incest. That Zoe doesn’t realize she lead him back into the arms of this nightmare is heartbreaking, and his poor scrambled rebirth forces a bludgeoning that I suspected could have happened had he not died in the bus crash.
Poor Cordelia. She suffers from her mother’s plight tenfold, from having Fiona’s health problems that prevent her pregnancy through the natural sciences, to having been born to the “wrong witch” and Marie LaVeau rejecting her request for fertility help. Marie is vengeful, and I can’t say I blame her, though I do feel sorry for poor Cordelia, innocent in the middle.
And I haven’t even touched on the new Christian devouts that have moved in next door, sexy Luke Ramsey and his stern mother Joan, deliciously played by Patti Lupone. Their short introductions manage to seal Madison’s fate and should inspire some interesting battles going forward.
Two quick observations:
- It seems that Denis O’Hare won’t have any lines this season, as Fiona’s flippant “Cat got your tongue?” address to him in his first appearance feels like it’s a literal and rhetorical question.
- Nan is awesome, from her quick to flirt with Luke, upstaging Madison, to her clairvoyant and flippant observation to Zoe. I’m bothered that she can’t seem to see far enough about what happened to Kyle, and what happens to Madison and Queenie. I guess those red headphones really can drown out the future voices.