OK! Here’s the non-spoiler, just teaser-type stuff news first… the major leaks (including photos at a funeral in which you can see who if NOT in the coffin) have a special link to them, so you won’t get surprises ruined if you don’t click on it.
We have the titles and air dates for the final three episodes, plus a little more.
Airing January 15, 2013: “Protect the Coven” (S3/Ep11) This one is directed by Bradley Buecker and written by Jennifer Salt. Evan Peters and Kathy Bates are both listed in the cast, so I guess we’ll get to catch up to their characters! Buecker was also responsible for directing “The Dead,” Asylum’s “Tricks and Treats” and “Welcome to Briarcliff” …and the AHS Season one finale, “Afterbirth”. Jennifer Salt’s AHS writing credits include this season’s jaw-dropping “Fearful Pranks Ensue” and Asylum’s nasty yet satisfying, “The Coat-Hanger”.
Airing January 22, 2013: This is one of my three favorite titles for the season, alongside “Bitchcraft” and “Burn, Witch, Burn!”: the penultimate episode of Coven is called “Go To Hell” (S3/Ep12). The episode is directed by the amazing Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Jessica Sharzer (Murphy and Falchuck also have writing credits, but then again, the IMDB lists them as “Creator” on the writing credit for every episode). They also list an acting credit (actor: Danny Cosmo) to a character named simply “Stinky Man”. Jessica Sharzer has written or shared writing credit on several all-time fan favorite American Horror Story episodes, including this season’s “Burn, Witch, Burn!” and Asylum’s “The Name Game” and “I am Ann Frank, Part 1.” Gomez-Rejon has directed two of my personal favorite Coven episodes so far, “Boy Parts” and “The Replacements” (This coven doesn’t need a new Supreme, it needs a new rug.”); we already trusted him completely after discovering a year or so ago that he directed Asylum’s “I Am Ann Frank, Part 2”, “Spilt Milk,” and “Madness Ends”. Oh, and he also directed the stunning “Birth”, the penultimate, mind-blowing (and heart-breaking) episode of American Horror Season One.
Airing January 29th, 2013: Season Finale apparently including “The Seven Wonders” (S3/Ep13) is also directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The writing credit? Doug Petrie, one of our favorite TV writers of all time. Every episode he wrote for Buffy The Vampire Slayer (Season Five’s epic, Spike-centric “Fool For Love” with the Boxer Rebellion and The Subway Slayer flashback, to name one) and Angel were GOLD– not a strikeout among them. This is his first writing credit for American Horror Story other than “The Axman Cometh,” but with his pedigree, we’re not worried.
The cast for the finale includes a surprise appearance by yet another award-winning female A-List star …we’re not going to spoil it for you, because it’s that great (though maybe Ryan Murphy will blab about it in an upcoming post-mortem for EW.com; I’d rather have him keep it secret). If you really, really can’t wait and want to know the name of the star now, go to the S3 episode guide/list on IMDB for American Horror Story Coven; she’s credited and you’ll sure as hell know her when you see her. Great casting! Oh, and the entire cold open of the finale will feature yet another appearance/performance by the magical Ms. Stevie Nicks.
(Begin spoiler-ish section with inks to the really big ones; safe to read if you don’t click any links)
Now! Here are some MAJOR spoilers for Episode 11 of American Horror Story Coven. Keep in mind this is the episode airing AFTER the January 8th (first after the return from hiatus) installment, Episode Ten, entitled, “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks.”
DO NOT CLICK THE LINK BELOW UNLESS YOU WANT TO KNOW! HEY! I SAID–
“Have you MET me?”
Deaths WILL be happening–and revealed– on this episode, and Delphine LaLaurie? Well, she has one nasty storyline.
Photo released from Ep11, “Protect The Coven” (Courtesy of FX)