Believe Your Eyes — Witch Hunters Want the 'Coven's' Blood
Taissa Farmiga as Zoe, Jamie Brewer as Nan, and Emma Roberts as Madison in "American Horror Story: Coven"
Revenge is an especially scary notion on "American Horror Story: Coven," and sometimes all that's needed are a melon baller and some silver bullets to get the desired effect.
In an intense and casually gruesome episode, this week's "Head" not only unites witchcraft with voodoo, but also exposes an ultra-bizarre witch-hunting conglomerate that is at the nexus of the coven's danger.
With the witch hunters responsible for Cordelia's blinding and Hank's double life, and the witches matching each action with solutions for Cordelia's eyesight and Queenie's quick save, it seems as if "Horror Story" is at a temporary checkmate, as an all-out war is on the horizon. Here are the top shockers from this week's episode that made our eyes pop out of our heads.
Through a traumatic boyhood flashback, it's revealed that Hank comes from a long line of witch hunters and began shooting, or rather failing to shoot, silver bullets at a young age.
Despite Hank's missing his targets over the years, his father still uses him as the family's witch-hunting informant, with his marriage to Cordelia part of his spying mission from the start. As a result, Hank has a major loser complex and is surprised to learn that the corporation blinded Cordelia so that she would be more likely to need Hank in her life. Well, that plan backfired.
Meanwhile, Laveau starts pressuring Hank to hold up his end of their deal to kill the witches. As she begins to torture him, Laveau explains that the next pin will be through his heart unless he kills the witches by the end of the night. Afterward, as Hank goes to the coven to plead for the return of Cordelia (whom he actually seems to love), Cordelia demands a divorce from Hank. So in a sense, the hole in his heart is already growing on its own. The humanity!
What's a confused and bullied witch hunter to do? Freak out and make things worse, of course. Feeling pressure from both his father and Marie Laveau to finally start making moves on the New Orleans coven, Hank revolts under their control and goes full Rambo and invades Laveau's salon, killing everyone in sight. He shoots Queenie (cruel, cruel world!), but she still manages to blow her brains out voodoo-style (and thus Hank's brains) in order to save Laveau from a fatal shot. Hank goes out with a bang, but as usual creates an even bigger mess doing so. Ugh, typical Hank.
Will Queenie survive Hank's shot in her stomach? And just how intense will the witch hunters' wrath be on the coven now that Hank is dead?
Take My Eyes
Cordelia knows that Fiona set up Myrtle Snow and that her beloved "Auntie Myrtle" could have never blinded her with acid. Angry that Cordelia has been maimed and that the witch council was so eager to send her to her demise, Myrtle seeks revenge on the council.