WARNING: This article may include spoilers.
You know when you play Rock, Paper, Scissors and you don’t win the first time so you decide that the game is suddenly “best two out of three?” Well, if you have never done this, whenever the “best two out of three” rule is called into play, the two people playing Rock, Paper, Scissors begin a three round battle to the finish, and whoever wins two out of three of those games is crowned the winner. If American Horror Story was in a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors with itself, it has definitely won by having two out of three amazing seasons. Whether you are a fan or not, American Horror Story has become popular because it is not the “usual” television show. With its scary themes, interesting characters and scenes that make you question if they should be on regular cable, American Horror Story has drawn in a fan base, including me, that keeps coming back for more. With these last season, “American Horror Story: Coven,” I’m sure new and old fans were not left disappointed.
The first season of American Horror Story was great. After a husband has an affair with another woman, the family decides to move somewhere new for a fresh start. Little do they know, the house they are moving into provides them with the complete opposite. With characters who may or may not be ghosts, scary men in rubber suits and details brought to light in later episodes, this season kept us on our toes. It was something new on television. With the way reality TV has become popular, you sometimes have to sit and wonder if scripted TV still has a chance. American Horror Story proved that it did, or at least, we all thought it did.
After the first season, we could not wait for the second season to debut nearly ten months later in October. But, we waited. We set reminders. We got our friends together, called it an “AHS Season Premiere Party,” but really we just didn’t want to watch the show alone. We were ready. And for a while things were going well in the second season. Then it just made a turn for the worse. “American Horror Story: Asylum” was highly anticipated. Still full of the adrenaline rush caused from the first season, we couldn’t even imagine how good the second season was going to be. Not only was this season based in an asylum, it included topics such as religion, sexuality and race. There were also aliens, but that was just weird and contributed to the show’s downfall. The season was going well until about the last two or three episodes. Then, it seemed like the producers ran out of shows and needed to fit everything in, so they squeezed it into the last couple episodes, hoping fans would be satisfied. We were anything but. We were angry, to say the least. Aliens? Time lapses? ALIENS? What was Ryan Murphy thinking? He wasn’t.
The second season left us confused and speechless. We still believed in the show and once the setting and posters came out for the third season, we were hoping our faithfulness would be rewarded.
“American Horror Story: Coven” was marvelous (There may have been some issues with the way races and racial problems were portrayed, but that is another article for another day). It gave us everything we needed and restored our faith in the show. This season was based on witches living in a sacred coven in New Orleans. When the Supreme Witch comes to shake things up, we are not sure if she is there to really help the coven or hurt it. Through immortal beings, alliances with frenemies and many, many secrets, this third season was worth every hour on Wednesday night.
I must admit though, near the end, I was afraid Ryan Murphy had pulled the same trick as last season. In the second to last episode, many things happened and a lot of information was squeezed into one hour. Every time it gets close to the season finale in the last two seasons of American Horror Story, I am never prepared. I feel that Ryan Murphy needs to do a better job at easing us toward the end, instead of waiting until the last minute to try and pull together everything. But, with this season, I was wrong (and very happy that I was). Even though the finale was not that shocking (the new Supreme was SO predictable), it was still satisfying and left me with closure for the season.
If you haven’t checked out any of the seasons, like to procrastinate and feel like you need a little scare, I suggest you set up your NetFlix account right now. And don’t skip the second season. Struggle through it. It will make you a stronger person.
Shanel Hughes is a new Op-Ed writer for the Collegian. Letters and feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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