American Horror Story: Coven – First look at Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates & new plot details revealed!

by Nick Barnes


It’s the time of the year that we love, and it’s not even Christmas yet… but, the new TV season brings just as much enjoyment and is ironically a hectic as Christmas.

The third season of American Horror Story is just around the corner and this year, we know that ‘Coven’ will focus on witches and the supernatural. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have brand new plot details and a first look at Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett in character as Madame LaLaurie and Marie Laveau, respectively.

This year, Jessica Lange is back and she will be playing a character by the name of Fiona. She’s labelled as a “Supreme” is basically the top dog of all witches – the Beyonce to the music world, if you like.

Fiona returns to New Orleans from L.A when a young Salem witch is murdered. She’s been living the high life and staying fabulous (dahhling) whilst out in Los Angeles, but now she’s forced to reunite with her estranged daughter, Cordelia who is played by Sarah Paulson (the one who was held captive by the bat crap crazy Thredson in Asylum).


Cordelia is the headmistress of Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies (Hogwarts springs to mind). Young witches are being sent to the academy to learn how to protect themselves as the numbers of witches are dwindling. Witches are dubious of reproducing as they don’t want to pass on their powers to their children, which will only destroy the lineage of witches.

Mysterious attacks have been taking place against witches and now, the bloodline is facing extinction even more than it was before. One of the biggest enemy factions is ‘voodoo witches’.

Tim Minear, executive producer explains: “Let’s say that Miss Robichaux’s Academy is set upon by multiple outside adversaries. There’s sort of two formidable clans of witches in New Orleans. The voodoo witches were the first, and the Salem witches fled to the South from the persecution of the North, and these two factions are ancient enemies”.

Fiona decides that she wants to train the girls to be ready for battle, but her daughter Cordelia would rather just deal with peace. So, as you can imagine, the pair clash a lot during the season.


The schools four remaining students include Madison (Emma Roberts), Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), Nan (Jamie Brewer) and Zoe (Taissa Farmiga). The coven must survive not only with each other and the voodoo clan, but also a Tulane frat in the form of Evan Peters’ character, Kyle.

As we have seen in previous seasons, Coven will deal with different time periods including the 1970s when Miss Robichaux’s enrolment was thriving and New Orleans in the 1830s.

It’s in the 1830s that we meet Madame Delphine LaLaurie (Kathy Bates). LaLaurie is a historical figure who is known for torturing her slaves and Bates’ character will be loosely based on the real woman. The Coven version of LaLaurie is just as evil, which makes her an enemy of voodoo queen Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett).

Minea teases: “The history of LaLaurie and the history of the voodoo witches and the Salem witches are entangled throughout the ages”.


It seems that Coven has more of a “history” feel to it and more of a stronger plot line than that of the haunted house in season one and the asylum in season two. As we have already mentioned on multiple occasions, the team aren’t necessarily going for ‘scary’ this year as the tone will be a tad lighter… but, we can of course count on American Horror Story being a little on the creepy side.

I personally cannot wait for the show to return and see where season three goes. With the tone being more “fun” and a bit lighter, it will be interesting to see how the fans that have built up over the last few seasons take to the new theme as I don’t think anything will come close to how sadistic Asylum was last season and I don’t get the feeling that it’ll be as jumpy or creepy as the previous two seasons either… but, only time will tell.

American Horror Story: Coven kicks off on October 9 on FX.