Ethereal spirit goddess and white witch Stevie Nicks graces the coven in this week's "Horror Story," but the surprises don't end there. Some viewers may need to pinch themselves as Fiona and Marie Laveau girl-talk and scheme together, officially uniting fronts against the witch-hunters. Another new character, the translucent nightmare Papa Legba ("Fringe's" Lance Reddick), shows himself along with his appetite for innocent baby souls as he schemes and takes an increasingly powerful Nan to the afterlife.
Cruel world, how dare sweet Nan be led astray! Meanwhile, the ever-devious Madison tricks Misty and ends up with Stevie Nicks's prized shawl, exhibiting her growing powers and more-succubus-than-witchlike nature.
Will Fiona and Laveau's voodoo tax audit mark the demise of the Delphi witch-hunting corporation? And will Papa Legba ever loosen his grasp on Nan long enough for Misty to bring her back to life? Ready for the top hits from this week's episode? Let's do this.
Witches on the Rise
The next Supreme is anyone's guess at this point. Since Madison came back from the dead, her heart murmur has disappeared, so she is fit for the position. Meanwhile, Nan's clairvoyance has heightened, and Misty's power of resurgence has been recognized as a vital force within the coven.
Jealous of the attention Misty has received for her powers, and of Fiona's personal approval of Misty for Supreme, Madison sabotages Misty. First demeaning the praises of the others as loaded lies, Madison displays her own growing power when she traps Misty in a coffin. Who will find Misty first? Will this lesson in false friendship be the final straw for Misty to toughen up and seek to be Supreme with a vengeance?
The White Witch
Twirling into the coven with an angelic rendition of "Rhiannon," Stevie Nicks plays herself (that is, a real witch) while doing her bestie, Fiona, a favor by instilling witchy inspiration and drive into a Nicks-obsessed Misty. After first passing out (which may or may not have been acting, since Lily Rabe is personally a huge Nicks fan), Misty starts warming up to the idea that she could be the Supreme, capable of the "Seven Wonders" challenge to earn the title.
Stevie's residency at the coven sparks jealousy among some of the witches, namely Madison, who proclaims with disdain, "I'm a huge Eminem fan. When does he get here?" To which Fiona awesomely responds, "Oh, Marshall? You're not his type."
After some utterly perfect twirling lessons and good witch vibes to counter all of the dark magic going on, Stevie closes the episode with "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You?" and remains the purest, most magical force in the coven. Will Stevie be a staple at the coven? How will Stevie's sisterly bond come to Misty's aid now that Madison has buried her alive? Heaven forbid, will Madison become Stevie's next protégé?
Led to the coven to collect his annual innocent baby soul as payment for Laveau's eternal life, Papa Legba has a secondary role, which is to give us all vivid nightmares. A known voodoo figure, Papa Legba serves as the liaison between spirits and humanity and has visited Laveau annually for the duration of her 300-year life.
As Fiona fails to make a deal with Legba to sell her own soul (because she doesn't have one), she decides to just kill all of the witches instead. When Nan finds the baby that Laveau stole from a hospital and intends to sacrifice, the dangerous duo of Laveau and Fiona decide to kill two birds with one stone and instead offer up Nan's soul to Papa Legba. After a quick drowning sesh and some convincing, Papa Legba agrees to the deal and leads Nan to the afterlife.
Clearly, this won't be the last time we see Papa Legba, but what dark deals will transpire to release Nan? Will a soulless Fiona ever be able to strike a personal deal, or are we in for a witch bloodbath?
Nothing truly good can come out of Laveau and Fiona's new friendship, which, in the instance of witch-hunters, is a good thing, but is ill-fated for almost everything else. After killing Nan for their shared benefit, the duo set their sights on ruining the Delphi witch-hunting corporation. When they use a hybrid of voodoo and witchy magic to summon tax auditors to the corporation, it seems as though their first efforts have been softer than predicted.
Will Laveau and Fiona bring down the witch-hunters on their own, or will they eventually need the help of the entire coven? And, more importantly, how will their schemes for the good of the coven entangle or benefit their own personal (and central) interests?
"American Horror Story: Coven" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.