After a few weeks of the usual cryptic American Horror Story promos we have all learned to endure over the promotion of the last two seasons, finally a new short teaser gives us a real glimpse at what this season will look like. The clip, entitled “Initiation,” delivers some crazy occult imagery and features many of the ensemble we have grown to equally love and fear, along with some exciting new faces. And having just the slightest peek was enough to conjure up some hopeful speculation for the new season.
Series creator Ryan Murphy has promised a lighter, glamorous, and (subjectively) fun story in contrast to the nightmare parade that was last season, and Coven looks like it will deliver. The premise will center around a New Orleans based school teaching young witches to protect themselves from a wave of violent attacks that stands to destroy their kind. The pupils, played by AHS alums Taissa “Cryin’ Violet” Farminga and Jamie Brewer along side new additions Gabourey Sidibe and Emma Roberts, will learn the magic ropes from Sarah Paulson’s Cordelia and remain under the protection of the Supreme witch, who will of course be played a flawlessly commanding Jessica Lange. In keeping with AHS’s routine of digging through national history and adapting historical figures, Angela Bassett will portray the renowned voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau and Kathy Bates will play the infamous serial killer Delphine LaLaurie.
The new promo features the uniformed teen witches marching towards their new institution, a gorgeous Southern Gothic mansion adorned with floating female bodies, right over a grotesque Minotaur-like creature left over the second season of ‘True Blood’ and towards the audience of the intimidating three leads. We were on board at “teen witch school”, but when Lange, Basset and Bates revealed themselves like out of some Almodovar helmed horror film, it was clear that ‘Coven’ will have us spellbound. Fingers crossed on a soundtrack full of Stevie Nicks, ‘Suspiria’ inspired references and Harry Potter cracks in the enchanting new season.
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