In a 17thcentury Salem flashback we finally get a visual demonstration of all the Seven Wonders: Telekinesis, Concilium (mind control), Transmutation (teleportation), Divination (second sight), Vitalum Vitalis (balancing of scales of life forces a.k.a raising the dead), Descensum (descent into netherworlds of afterlife), and Pyrokinesis. My spell check doesn’t believe in magic because it has flagged these Wonders. We have seen five of them used by the young witches throughout the series, and the final two Descensum & Transmutation were manifested in this episode. Are you disappointed that shawl twirling was not one of them?
Fiona explains to Queenie over kitchen table talk about the Seven Wonders ritual. Queenie calls Fiona out for planning to kill the new Supreme and starts bitching about Marie’s unknown whereabouts. A tired & irritated Fiona dismisses Marie’s absence because she is likely with “that half-baked Beetlejuice Papa Legaboo-boo”. She corrects Fiona that Papa Legba should be respected for being a deity, but Fiona responds with a killer glare and DEMANDS that as the Supreme she will get some Aretha Franklin level of #R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by snatching Queenie by the neck and telekinetically choking her ass out. Fiona firmly orders “You will perform the Seven Wonders, or you will die trying.”
I wish Cordelia would put on some Chanel sunglasses because she is grotesque with her moist fleshy vacant eye holes exposed. After spending time in Misty’s room, she was unable to re-manifest her second sight to find her. She seeks out Madison for help; but an uncooperative Madison starts bouncing around the room with her transmutation powers claiming it’s a cool involuntary reaction to her growing powers. Cordelia informs her that they all will experience multiple growing powers in times of crisis, not necessarily resulting in being Supreme. I think Madison did some Concilium on herself to clear her mind because Cordelia was unable to “read” her. #Guilty
Queenie follows a trail of Marie’s residual energy to the garden house where there is a lot of blood, and she can hear Marie vowing vengeance against Delphine. She uses a voodoo spell book to conjure Papa Legba to help her find Marie. She starts chanting a voodoo version of Streisand’s “Papa Can You Hear Me?” and she descends into HELL.
HELL is customized like your Google searches. It is different for everybody, and represented as a state of mind by living your worst life experience for eternity. Papa Legba tells her, “It’s not THE Hell, it’s YOUR Hell.” In Queenie’s case it would be her old job at Chubbie’s Chicken when she was hopeless with a bleak future. Papa Legba is impressed with her abilities to visit Hell so soon before her time. When she asks him about Marie he says she is not ‘here’ because for the immortal Hell is on earth. He advises Queenie to hurry back to otherside before the sun comes up or she will be stuck there forever because “Time moves differently in Hell.” #Mwahahahaaha
Queenie ascends back to the earthly realm to find Papa Legba waiting for her and snorting coke in her room. She warms his ice cold heart with her strong powers and some hot cocoa. Queenie learns that the secret to both Delphine’s and Marie’s immortality is tied to each other, and Delphine’s immortality is contingent on Marie’s deal with Papa Legba. Since Delphine has dismembered Marie into 50 pieces and buried her throughout the city, Marie is unable to pay her yearly dues to Papa Legba, and therefore her immortality is null & void which also reverses Marie’s spell for Delphine’s immortality. Delphine is not aware that she is no longer immortal.
Delphine looks lovely with a makeover and a new job at her mansion after she bludgeoned the tour guide who was spreading liessssss about her. As the new tour guide she rewrites her own history. She tells tourists that Madame Delphine LaLaurie’s was a renowned hostess, equestrian, & philanthropist; and denies she was a serial killer of 150 slaves. Actually she killed 62 because she kept a murder ledger. Tourists want to see the attic torture chamber but it’s closed for renovations. She adds there is nothing to see because it’s only a storage unit used for a humane time out for misbehaved servants.
Queenie finds Delphine at her mansion to confront her. They are up in the attic torture chamber, and Queenie gives her one last chance to redeem herself. She suggests a life of service by volunteering at the Urban League, but Delphine laughs at modern society’s concept of redemption. The magic box has shown her the public humiliation, tears, & empty apologies of Paula Deen & horny politicians seeking redemption. Society is weak and full of hypocrites. They are not sorry for their actions, but only sorry that they got caught; and Delphine is NOT one bit sorry for who she is or her actions. #SorryNotSorry
It may be a somewhat valid commentary, but then Delphine CONFIRMS what I suspected weeks ago. She admitted to crying for Queenie, but NOT because of her own sins against colored people. She wept “For the state of this world that tells a colored man that he is equal to a white man.” Then Queenie stabs Delphine in the heart, “I’m immortal. I don’t wanna die.” Queenie says “bullshit” and leaves her to die in the same place where she has killed many. #OhFreedom
Fiona is posing for her Supreme portrait by an artist that Myrtle has hired. Myrtle also makes herself the style director by adding flowers in the background. Fiona’s nose starts bleeding, but I’m not sure if that’s the natural result of her cancer or whether Myrtle’s flowers caused it. Fiona realizes that she only has maybe two-weeks left to live and wonders “What the hell am I doing here?” I suspect she is ready to live out her last days in a faraway place.
Later Cordelia angrily confronts Fiona for scheduling the Seven Wonders ritual. Fiona is tired, weak, and doesn’t want to fight. She chastises Cordelia for mutilating herself, and gives her a motherly pep talk that she never lost her power and never will, “It is always inside you.” Preparing for her end Fiona gives Cordelia her mother’s necklace.
When Fiona places the necklace around her daughter’s neck Cordelia sees the fate of the Coven in a horrific vision. It was haunting but artistically shot leaving the viewer feeling as if they’re floating from one witch to another witnessing their gory death with echoing footsteps and screams in the background. Madison’s throat is slit; Zoe is impaled on a wall; Misty is dead on a piano; Queenie has the stair banister jammed in her throat; Delia has been shot through the head, and we see Fiona rip the necklace off her daughter as she walks out the door. But where’s Myrtle? Was this a vision of the future? Or was this a vision of reading Fiona’s thoughts of her murderous plan? Or maybe it’s a vision of what happened after the Seven Wonders ritual? It is all up for interpretation at this point.
Cordelia keeps calm and says nothing to Fiona, but she does confront the Axeman. She tells him that Fiona doesn’t love him or anybody else, and that she plans on leaving him after she kills everybody. He doesn’t believe her even though she told him of Fiona’s flight plans and that ghosts can’t get passports.
Fiona visits the Axeman for one more booty call, but he confronts her about what Cordelia told him. He snoops in Fiona’s purse and finds her flight boarding pass for ONE. She tells him he was a delightful distraction and the best lover she’s ever had. Remember those light bulbs? POP BOOM POW. She explains that once she kills the new Supreme she will have 30 more years of vitality and as the Supreme, “Palace doors will be open for me” as compared to the shit-hole apartment he has to offer her. Fiona is lying on the bed as he desperately & passionately gets on top of her to seduce her with seductive metaphors of their hot sex. He forcefully kisses her, and she is fighting him to get off her and kicks him away, “You son of a bitch.” She is out breath and gets up to pour herself a shot while telling a childhood story, and with her back turned the Axeman hacked Fiona to death with repeated blows with his axe. Fiona’s last words were calico cat. #WTF
With her powers re-manifesting again, Cordelia is able to locate Misty at the cemetery, but she needs Queenies help to telekinetically break open the crypt. Queenie opens the coffin to find a lifeless Misty, but then she breathes life into her. #Vitalum Vitalis
Myrtle is arranging more flowers and warns Madison to not sniff the Deadly Nightshade flowers because they contain toxins that cause hallucinations & delirium, but Madison is not afraid of a good buzz. Myrtle tells her that Cordelia & Queenie are off to rescue Misty from the crypt, but Madison lies to the “Guardian of the truth in the vernacular” and claims she doesn’t know how Misty got entombed. Zoe & Kyle walk in having just returned from Florida. Myrtle is shocked that they returned and compared their forsaken destiny of true love to Halston selling out to J.C. Penney. The witch in couture strikes again with her hilarious fashion related anecdotes. She’s got style, she’s got grace, Myrtle Snow gives good face. #Vogue
Zoe tells her she returned to embrace & claim her Supreme destiny after she manifested a new power. FrankenKyle killed a belligerent homeless guy, but Zoe used Vitalum Vitalis to revive him. A newly freed Misty walks in and attacks Madison and gives her a Bad Girls Club style beat down. Not Coven style with witchery, but a swamp style ass-whoopin’ with punches and kicks. It was fun to watch Madison in her thigh high stockings and gold lame shorts get the shit beat of her, but I was surprised that none of Madison’s telekinesis instincts took over.
Then all of a sudden the raging Axeman charges down the stairs all blood splattered & swinging his bloodied axe, “You will pay for what you’ve done.” He has always had a grudge against women, and especially witches for killing him & trapping him. Collectively the Coven minus Myrtle sends the ghostly Axeman flying across the house landing on the stairs. Cordelia sees visions of Fiona when she touches the trail of blood, and sees that her body was dumped in the swamp and eaten by alligators. Misty can’t help Fiona, “Even I can’t bring somebody back once they’re gator shit.” Kyle is ready to attack the Axeman, but these young Coven witches don’t need a man as they grouped together to kill him with a near identical reenactment of the way he died the first time. All Cordelia could do was grieve & cry on Myrtle’s shoulder. I still don’t understand how a ghost can bleed & be killed but earlier Cordelia said he was in a state of “mortal coil.” #Shrugs
Delphine’s personalized HELL traps her in her own attic chamber of horrors at the mercy of slaves as she is dragged kicking & screaming to be locked in a cage for eternity just a few feet away from her daughter Borquita. Delphine is consumed with tears & regret for mistreating her own daughters. There is no greater pain for a mother to be so close to her daughter and not be able to reach her, and to protect her from the torture that Marie has in mind. Karmically poetic, Papa Legba has juxtaposed both Marie’s & Delphine’s Hells together. #KarmaBitch. At first Marie seems to be unaware that she is in HELL, and begins to torment Delphine by preparing a red-hot iron poker to torture Borquita.
Suddenly Marie is overcome by confusion, “How did I get here?” as she puts down the hot iron poker. “No I don’t want to do this. That girl ain’t never done nothin’ to me.” Papa Legba appears and tells her that since he OWNS her soul she must do as he says. Delphine cries “Who is this man? What is this place?” Papa Legba congratulates Madame Delphine LaLaurie for her sweet release from mortality and welcomes her to his home. “Welcome to HELL.” Marie argues she cannot die and doesn’t belong in Hell because of their contract, but he tells her she breached it. She argues that she was good to people and has helped so many, but he reminds her of the babies she gave him every year, and NO ONE gets away with sin. He hands Marie the iron poker. “Eventually everyone pays. Everybody suffers”, and orders Marie to get back to torturing Borquita for Delphine’s torment in HELL for eternity.
Fiona’s Supreme portrait is hung on the hallowed walls alongside the others, and she is memorialized with nice & insincere expressions. Cordelia says “She was a horrible Supreme,” and failed to identify her successor. Cordelia takes charge and tells everyone that they must participate in the Seven Wonders ritual, and by next week we will have our new Supreme. The End.
The discussion in the previous AHS post was brilliant & fantastic! Let’s keep it ongoing here, and feel free to repeat yourself because we only have one more week together. So let’s enjoy picking at each other’s brains. I appreciate all of you, but I have to stop now because a winter storm is hitting, and I have to go buy gas & food. You can stalk me on twitter @Urethra_F