I hope everyone has had a chance to watch last week's American Horror Story: Coven episode, "Go to Hell,"
because if you didn't, this article is a major spoiler, and for that I'm sorry. But hey, now that the cat's out of the bag, I wanted to discuss Fiona Goode's death, because her mortality was essentially the crux of Coven.
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Fiona Goode was obsessed with youth. We discovered this in the very beginning when she angrily sucked the life out of some young doctor because he failed to help elongate her life. Ever since, it's been an uphill battle for her; she tried fishing information out of the immortal Madame LaLaurie, attempted to make deals with enemy and Voodoo queen Marie Laveau, killed off Madison, offered her soul to Papa Legba, and planned to kill off her entire tribe. Fiona was truly evil, but she was unbeatable.
Until a ghost beat her. Unable to kill Fiona herself (although she and the Coven really tried), Cordelia seeks help from her mother's lover. Using her foresight to her advantage, Cordelia reveals a grim future to The Axeman, who all along thought Fiona loved him. After a violent scuffle between him and Fiona, he angrily chops her up like hot dog meat with his favorite weapon.
While we are all simultaneously disappointed and relieved that Fiona is finally dead, the manner in which she was killed was kind of unsettling.
For a show that featured women who took pride in the way they personally handled matters on their own, I wish Cordelia could have been the one to physically kill her mother. Although the writers swiftly tried to make up for this by having the girls collectively stab The Axeman to death after telling Kyle to step aside, I think he should have played less of a role in Fiona's death.
Even though I understand that Fiona Goode deserved to be killed by The Axeman, Cordelia was the one who had suffered the most by her mother's actions, at least psychologically. By assigning the task to a man, Fiona's death seemed practically passive. For a pro-feminist show, this ending robbed it of that element.
Maybe we haven't seen the last of Fiona, though. Half of Twitter's population is convinced Fiona's going to rise up again. In this season, major character do tend to get resurrected. Maybe that obsessed butler of hers is going to pick up the pieces (literally) and bring her back to life once more.
We'll just have to find out this Wednesday at 10pm on FX.
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