I was quite keen to get back to American Horror Story after the Thanksgiving break... mostly because being around that much family really helps a guy appreciate torture and murder. Joking aside, this season has been at times terrific and at others terrible, but it is always compelling enough to make you look forward to next week.
That said, I think we need to address the problem of consequence. Specifically, death. More specifically, why this show doesn't let death matter.
I made a little chart right after watching "The Sacred Taking" trying to figure out of anyone killed in the course of the season had actually stayed dead. I couldn't come up with a single main character that had been offed, no matter in how complete or gruesome a manner, who hadn't returned. That is a problem.
Death matters. It turns Bruce Wayne into Batman, defines the mystery of Charles Foster Kane, and opens the doors to another world thanks to Laura Palmer. Endings and consequences lend weight to a story, especially when Coven goes to such lengths as to makes deaths grand and memorable.More »