American Horror Story Returns

Story posted October 16, 2013 in CommRadio by Vincent Cataldo

“American Horror Story” released its third season to audiences across the country last Thursday, October 9th.  Returning from the successful seasons “Murder House” and “Asylum”, the third season named “Coven” takes place during the period of the 1830’s, which is around the time of the Salem Witch Trials. Bringing odd, weird, and witch-crafty feelings this year, the plot involves a school for witches with the setting in New Orleans, and Sarah Paulson casted as Cordelia, the headmistress. The young witches who are sent to Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies are there to learn how to harness and control their powers in order to protect themselves in the modern world. Among other characters this season is Cordelia’s mom Fiona played by Jessica Lange, who visits the school to protect the coven and their secrets as well. The overall themes that will be included as more episodes are released involve witch hunts, incest, voodoo, and even slavery.

Consisting of 13 episodes this season, the first episode entitled “Bitchcraft” broke a record breaking 5.54 million viewers, and brought in the most viewers this season premiere than any other. The episode is set in the 1830’s as Delphine LaLaurie, played by Kathy Bates, finds it difficult to be normal in society with one of her dark  secrets, which includes keeping slaves as prisoners in the attic, while Cordelia and Fiona proceed with the school. The creator of “American Horror Story” Ryan Murphy said, "I sorta feel like for the third version I want to do something that's a little bit more 'evil glamour.' Just something that's a little bit more... And we're contemplating shooting the show in a different place. We're contemplating shooting it in a place in the country where true horror has been." “American Horror Story” is an eye opening adventure that will keep you at the edge of your seat, and will continue to entertain as the plot develops throughout the season discovering more interesting secrets.

Vincent J. Cataldo III is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email